Gracenote Vancouver is a choir organization founded in 2015, under the leadership of Musical Director, Malaika Horswill and Artistic Directors, Gillian Lippert and Laura Metcalfe. Gracenote began with 10 singers rehearsing in an East Vancouver living room. Now, the organization consists of two adult choirs comprised of 60 singers from around the lower mainland. Gracenote and Kôr perform regularly around the Vancouver area and throughout BC.
Gracenote is an a cappella treble choir. Founded in 2015, Gracenote's first performance took place in a Vancouver yoga studio where the 35 audience members took off their shoes and sat on the floor. Since then, Gracenote has evolved into the current ensemble of 23 auditioned singers from various cities and singing histories. Gracenote has performed a variety of shows in the lower mainland and throughout interior BC. Highlights from past seasons include: a showcase concert at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival, performances at several Sofar Vancouver events, and being featured in a music video with Hey Ocean's Ashleigh Ball. Looking ahead, 2020 brings many exciting opportunities for Gracenote, including performances at The Vancouver Art Gallery and a tour to Kelowna as part of the inaugural Canada West Music Festival.
Kôr is an auditioned a cappella mixed voice choir, conducted by Malaika Horswill. Founded in 2018, this group consists of 43 singers. Kôr was dreamed up by the Gracenote organizational team when they were overrun with audition requests and so inspired by how many people just want to sing. In 2019, Kôr performed in the Out for Lunch Concert Series at the Vancouver Art Gallery and toured in interior BC. In 2020, they will be collaborating with Vancouver songwriter, Laura Reznek, and touring to Kelowna for the inaugural Canada West Music Festival.
Head to the media gallery for more photos and videos of Gracenote and Kôr.
A few words about our community...
Gracenote Vancouver recognizes that we live, work, rehearse and perform on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We have just begun donating a portion of all profits throughout the year to indigenous organizations in our community. Our next donation will be made to the Unist'ot'en Legal Fund.
We are doing our best to make our events less wasteful. With that in mind, we are eliminating plastic cups from our bars this season. Gorgeous Gracenote glassware will be available for you to purchase for your own drink, or as sweet gifts for your loved ones. You are also welcome to bring your own cup for your beverages.
We strive to be an inclusive and accessible organization within our choirs and our public events. We do our best to perform at wheelchair accessible venues and provide gender-neutral washrooms at our events.
We are always open to hearing about your experiences at our shows and how we can create more inclusive spaces for all and be better members of this community.