One World Choir and World Folk Music Orchestra for Kids

Scheduled during the evening concerts
Friday, April 27, Pre-Opener, Sanctuary

This is an interesting combination of children from Syria and Africa (World Folk Music Orchestra for Kids) and adults from different cultural backgrounds (One World Choir) We get together once a week to sing a repertoire of songs that come from many spiritual, cultural and musical (including folk/roots, pop, gospel and world music) traditions. The songs are arranged for vocals and percussion/strings accompaniment. We use xylophones, ukuleles and other percussion instruments.

Our mandate is to sing, socialize, and have fun. We are directed by Alicia Borisonik, created by World Folk Music Ottawa and funded by Ottawa Community Foundation, Carolyn Taylor Fund and private donations. We had performed in various locations including: Merrickville, Almonte, Smith Falls, MacDonald Corners, Wakefield and we will be participating at Westfest 2018.

World Folk Music Ottawa is a non-for profit organization. Our purpose is to deliver programs and projects, in partnership with all aspects of the folk and world music industries, that will benefit the less privileged of all ages, their families, and communities.

Since 2013 we had been offering music projects for immigrants, refugees, low-income communities and underserved populations of all ages.

Our principal achievements:

  • Scholarships at the Ottawa Folklore Centre (2013)
  • March Break Camp for children of new immigrants (2014)
  • World Music Kitchen Party, eight musicians from different cultural backgrounds got together for 6 practices and produces a final concert.
  • Community Based African Drumming Program  (2015). African drumming lessons in 7 community houses.
  • World Music Orchestra for Kids (2017/18) we taught music in three community houses: Banff, Russell Heights and Confederation Court, training kids with ukuleles, xylophones, percussion, and singing.
  • One World Choir (2017/18) the choir is for immigrants of all ages and all backgrounds. This is a “no experience” necessary choir that focuses on community, sharing, and friendship.

We had received funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Ministry of Citizenship, Ottawa Community Foundation and Socan Foundation.

Article about ONE WORLD CHOIR in the Ottawa Citizen
Some of our videos
Documentary about One World Choir
World Music Orchestra for Kids