“Providing a supportive network for women in the Canadian Military Community through music. ”
The Canadian Military Wives Choirs began in the fall of 2013 with the first choir setting up in Ottawa. Since then, choirs have set up across the country and more are in the process of getting started (links available from the "Our Choirs" page). Following in the footsteps of the UK Military Wives Choir phenomenon, the Canadian MWCs are three-part women's choirs and all members are closely associated with the military, either by marriage or by occupation. We come together weekly to sing, make new friends, and have fun. No musical experience is necessary. The choirs are all about support — both vocal and personal. In that kind of environment, it's amazing how much we can accomplish and how good we can sound!
The Canadian Military Wives Choirs were honoured to perform at the Opening Ceremonies of the Invictus Games for Wounded Warriors on September 23, 2017 with British soprano Laura Wright. Almost 190 CMWC members from across Canada gathered for the first time for several days of rehearsals and meetings, culminating in a massed choir performance of ‘Invincible’ (written by Ms. Wright) as the Invictus Flag was raised. It was a privilege to sing for our wounded service members as they prepared for seven days of international adaptive sport. The event was televised across the globe from the Air Canada Centre and viewed by over a million viewers.
A gathering of this magnitude does not happen without a significant amount of hard work, determination and support. The Canadian Military Wives Choirs Association would like to thank those who donated time, travel, accommodation, food and monetary donations, making our dream of singing together on one stage a reality. Every single dollar donated was used to help our members participate without worry or financial hardship. We would especially like to thank the following sponsors:
- The Invictus Games Toronto and CEO Michael Burns for the opportunity to participate in this fantastic event.
- PRP Incorporated for including us in their opening ceremonies, for the gift of accommodation, food and bus transportation, and for their patience as we gathered 190 women together for our first international performance.
- VIA Rail Canada for their gift of transportation assistance for many of our choirs in Ontario and Quebec.
- Support our Troops for the gift of transportation assistance for our Comox choir, which travelled 4500 km to take part.
- Defence Construction Canada for their monetary donation, enabling the CMWC Association to reduce participation fees for all of our members.
And to the thousands of individuals who bought raffle tickets and bake sale items, participated in bottle drives and paint nights, and gave donations large and small…we are ever so grateful for your assistance. Thank you.
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Join us in commemorating Remebrance Day and the 100th Armistice of the First World War
Moonlight and Magic
CMWC Comox will be performing on 5th Street (Time TBA), British Columbia
NORAD’s 60th Anniversary Concert
CMWC North Bay joins the 22 Wing Band at the Capitol Centre, 7:30pm, New Brunswick
CMWC Comox will be at the Filberg park at 10:30 am, British Columbia
Elm City Echoes Christmas Concert
CMWC Gagetown guest performs at the Fredericton High School at 3pm, New Brunswick
Officer's Wives Christmas Shopping
CMWC Gagetown guest carols at the Gagetown Officer's Mess at 6pm, New Brunswick
CMWC Gagetown sings for your breakfast in MFRC Gagetown at 9am, New Brunswick
Thank you service
CMWC Petawawa will be singing at St.George's Chapel at 10am, Ontario
St. Barbara's Day Hockey Game
CMWC Gagetown performs the National Anthem in the Soldier's Arena, New Brunswick at 12pm
Christmas Open House
CMWC Gagetown graces the guests at MFRC Gagetown, New Brunswick at 9am
CMWC Gagetown go carollingin New Brunswick!
Garnison Valcartier Chapel
CMWC Valcartier will be singing at 6:30 pm Quebec
CMWC Edmonton Seniors Center 2pm, ALberta
Jingle On A Sleigh
CMWC North Bay prepares for Christmas with the 22 Wing at Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario
Christmas in the Village
CMWC Petawawa will be celebrating Christmas the old fashioned way with the Petawawa Heritage Village, Ontario 3:15 pm - 4pm
La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment
CMWC Valcartier joins La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment for Christmas celebrations in building 85 Garnison Valcartier, Quebec at 2pm.
CMWC Ottawa will sing carols at the Rotunda, Ontario
Pembroke Symnphony Orchaestra Christmas Special
CMWC Petawawa joins the Pembroke Symphony Orchaestra performing holiday celebrations at 1:30pm, Ontario
CMWC Comox Annual Christmas Concert
Join CMWC Comox for another wonderful round of Christmas songs in the St. Michael & All Angels Protestant Chapel, Bristish Columbia at 3pm
CMWC Ottawa performs at the Jabulani Winery, Ontario
Edmonton War Brides Christmas Dinner
CMWC Edmonton sings for dinner 2 pm, Alberta.
Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Home
CMWC Ottawa, Ontairo
January 27th, 2019
Oil Kings Game
CMWC Edmonton will be singing the National Anthem at 4 pm, Alberta