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Central Ontario Singing

Friends Meeting House, Toronto, Ontario

August 26-27, 2022

Friday, August 26

An informal Shenandoah Harmony singing took place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Friends’ Meeting House in Toronto.

Saturday, August 27

The 15th annual Central Ontario All-Day Sacred Harp Singing took place at Friends’ Meeting House in Toronto on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in August. The session was brought to order by Heather Schramm leading 49b and 99. Anne Evers offered the opening prayer. Community guidelines were read by Heather Schramm.

Leaders: Chris Taylor 300, 122; Tom Evers 29b, 535; Marilyn Job 56b, 551; Anne Evers 33t, 447; Jan May 489, 474; Pleasance Crawford 171, 492; Frank Griggs 272, 442; Naomi Duguid 147t, 142; Hugh Thomas 144, 501; Frances Miller 479, 217.


Chuck Crawford brought the class back to order leading 59. Leaders: Tarik Wareh 473, 464; Alissa Bender 312b, 229; John Huston 178, 192; Jen Davies 47b, 282; Elizabeth Stoddard 173, 500.

Frances Miller spoke, and then led 30t, in honor of the following sick and homebound: Bard Swallow, Wendy Job, Janet Guttsman, Roger Misiewicz, Robert Carswell, Corrone Bryant, Ruth Anne Bryant, Christopher Kepner, Marlene Power, Rob Taylor, and Bobbie Goodell.

Nicole Collins spoke and then led 30b, to remember the following deceased from the years 2020-2022 (multiple years being honored due to the interruptions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic): Lindsey Penny, Janis Davies, Jean Leighton, Fred DeVries, Cindy Dymond, Jayne Kitcher—Canada; Ted Mercer—Illinois; Graham DeZarn—Virginia; Sue Bunch and Father Les Singleton—Florida; Phil Devine—Rhode Island; Larry Gordon, Tony Barrand, Andy Johnson—Vermont; Bruce Voyles—Iowa; Judy Toole—Tennessee; Bill Beverly—Michigan; Coy Ivey and Bill Windom—Alabama; Emily Matthews—Arkansas; Peter Golden—Maine; Rebecca Over—England.

Shana Wenger led 378b and 455. Anne Evers offered prayer for lunch, and Old Hundred Alternate Text as a blessing for lunch.


Chuck Crawford brought the class back to order leading 114. Leaders: Elisha Denburg 146, 48t; Gillian Inksetter 532, 454; Tom Evers and Marilyn Job 34b; Michelle Briard 185; Faiz Wareh 183, 32b; Emily Ehrensperger 129, 277; Joe Kwiatkoski 313b, 236; Lari Jalbert 383, 74b; Pattie Wareh 384, 299; Robert Stoddard 197, 203; Susan Spencer 48b; Heather Schramm 472; Indigo 288, 209. Announcements were made.


Gillian Inksetter called the class back by leading 32t. Leaders: Hugh Thomas 276; Alissa Bender 457; Elizabeth Stoddard 57; John Huston 189; Tarik Wareh 470; Shana Wenger 72b; Faiz Wareh 95; Gillian Inksetter 230; Michelle Briard 222; Lari Jalbert 567; Indigo 159; Pattie Wareh 228; Robert Stoddard 542; Pleasance Crawford 202; Frank Griggs 569t; Chris Taylor 148; Naomi Duguid 504; Frances Miller 352; Jen Davies 46; Anne Evers 145t; Jan May 540; Marilyn Job 240; Tom Evers 503.

Chris Taylor reported, as secretary, that songs were sung by thirty-one unique leaders on Saturday, with forty-two registered singers representing three provinces of Canada, and four states of the United States of America. Treasurer reported financial obligations were successfully discharged. Following this report, announcements were made.

Heather Schramm led 347 as the closing song. Anne Evers offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairpersons—Heather Schramm and Anne Evers; Treasurers—Tom Evers and Marilyn Job; Secretary—Chris Taylor