Welcome to Sing for Life Society of Alberta
Sing for Life is a non-profit society that offers opportunities for participation in the arts to people who do not normally have access to such programming.
Sing for Life uses the performing arts as a vehicle to assist individuals in developing a variety of skills, increase their sense of empowerment, improve their social and physical well being, reduce isolation by building connections to a safe and supportive community, and live with dignity and respect.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather and operate on is ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (amiskwacîwâskahikan), Treaty Six territory, the traditional gathering place for many indigenous people including Nehiyawak (Cree), Salteaux, Métis, Papaschase, Stony and Nakota Sioux. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home and any other nations who cared for the land in its history. We acknowledge our treaty obligations and are committed to living in accordance with the spirit and intent of peace and friendship.
Like all other performing arts organizations, Sing for Life experienced disruptions in its programs when the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020. All volunteer-run programs in the Edmonton Institution for Women were suspended, resulting in the cancellation of rehearsals for the New Beginnings Choir as well as individual piano and voice lessons. Resumption of these programs will depend on direction and permission being given by both Corrections Canada and prison management.
While we have been unable to deliver much of our programming, we have used the time productively to work on plans to expand our community outreach programming. We have also had time to build our administrative capacity, including updating and enhancing the website.
The Edmonton Downtown Men’s Choir suspended rehearsals in March 2020, but members continued to meet weekly until early July, with appropriate social distancing. Under the conditions outlined in the Alberta Government guidelines for singing and vocal performance issued in mid-September, the men’s choir was able to restart at the end of September – initially in Eva’s backyard (see below). As the weather got colder, the men resumed meeting at the Downtown Edmonton Community League space. However, as a result of the measures taken to limit the increase in COVID-19 transmission in October and November, the Men’s Choir once again suspended rehearsals until community transmission rates drop to acceptable levels.
Performing Arts Program at the Edmonton Institution for Women
In partnership with Corrections Canada and the Chaplaincy Services, Sing for Life operates a performing arts program for inmates in the Edmonton Institution for Women (the federal women’s prison). The performing arts program offers inmates the opportunity to sing in a choir, take weekly voice and piano lessons, and participate in performing arts workshops. With the permission of the prison, Sing for Life also arranges and funds concerts for inmates inside the prison.
Edmonton Downtown Men’s Choir and Community Outreach
The Edmonton Downtown Men’s Choir is a program that offers men in the downtown area the opportunity to sing together. While the program is specifically designed to reach out to men dealing with social and economic challenges, who are in transition while rebuilding their lives, it welcomes all men. The performing arm of the program is a core group of singers who commit to participating in all activities and rehearsals, and provide support to transient members and guests. Some members of the core group are drawn from the target population the choir is designed to serve, and others are there to support its purpose. The core group rehearses weekly and performs regularly at locations and events such as community dinners and warming centers where they can connect with other downtown men.
We are working on enhancements to our community outreach programming. Stay tuned for further information on these enhancements later this year!
For more information, please contact:
Sing for Life
P.O. Box 52182
Sing for Life Society of Alberta is grateful for the support of artsvest™ Alberta. artsvest™ Alberta is operated by Business for the Arts, with support from the Government of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council and Calgary Arts Development.