Choir takes musical journey around world

Nanaimo's Island Bel Canto hosts its annual Christmas concerts

The  Island Bel Canto Singers take a musical journey of carols and Christmas songs from around the world at their annual concert, A Merry Little Christmas, on Dec. 3 and 4.

Starting from Canada, this all-women’s community choir will sing their way through England, Spain, Germany and Holland and then onto the warmer climes of South Africa,

Jamaica and Dominican Republic, before bringing the concert to a close in North America. Throughout the journey, they hope to rekindle fond memories of Christmases long ago, and to create a special festive mood for the coming holiday season.

“Though some of the music takes us further away from the more familiar wintry scenes of the northern Yuletide, the sentiments and celebrations of Christmas are still joyfully expressed in all these seasonal songs” said Lionel Tanod, the choir’s artistic director.

Island Bel Canto Singers, made up of 29 female voices, has been entertaining Nanaimo audiences with their varied programs for almost 15 years. The Christmas program is another example of classical and traditional songs, as well as modern seasonal favorites.

A Merry Little Christmas is set for Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m., at Departure Bay Baptist Church, 3510 Departure Bay Rd., and Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Rd.

Both venues are wheelchair-accessible and have plenty of free parking.

Tickets $15; $10/children 12 and under, available at Fascinating Rhythm, The Quilted Duck, or online at

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