CMWC North Bay
The Canadian Military Wives Choir (CMWC) North Bay was founded in 2016 by current choir president Rosanna Matheson. In May of that year Brenda McLay agreed to become the choir’s first Music Director(MD). Rosanna and Brenda together attended the 22 Wing Welcome in order to recruit members for the new choir. The Choir’s first Practice was held on Sept 12, 2016 with 9 choir members and Brenda as the MD making a total of 10 ladies.
Our Co-Musical Directors
Brenda McLay’s father had been a member of the CAF, Airforce branch and Brenda actually used to live just a block away from the Base Chapel where the Choir now practices. Brenda comes with over 25 years of experience, as a musician, musical director and Choral Society member. Currently Brenda is also the Music Director the Joyful Bells Hand Bell Choir located here in North Bay.
Amanda Robinson has sang with the CMWC North Bay as a choir member since the 2018-2019 season and this year will be joining Brenda as a Co-Music Director. We are very proud and honoured to have Amanda make this transition and know it is the start of something wonderful.
The Canadian Military Wives Choir North Bay has performed at many local venues including Legions, OHL and University Hockey Games, local and distant Senior Centres and with the 22 Wing Band at the Capitol Centre here in North Bay. Additionally, we have also been lucky to have joined other sister choirs for some larger venues in Ottawa and Toronto. We performed at the opening ceremony of the INVICTUS Games in Toronto in 2017 and joined the Canadian Armed Forces Central Band for a Remembrance Day Concert at the Aviation Museum in Ottawa.
As of 2019 the 20 members of the CMWC North Bay represent 330 years of military service across all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces, Air Force, Army and Navy.