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Upcoming Concerts


Jubilate is thrilled to announce our 2016-2017 season!



Sacred Classics for Choir and Organ

May 27, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
Ryerson United Church
2195 West 45th Ave., Vancouver


The pairing of choir and organ has been a magnificent partnership for centuries.  We will highlight some of the best of this repertoire, featuring Duruflé’s beloved Requiem as our centerpiece.

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Past Concerts



Winter Light IV

November 26, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Canadian Memorial United Church
1806 West 15th Ave., Vancouver


Continuing our annual variations on a theme, we will focus this year on the brilliant skies of winter – stars, twinkling lights…and Christmas angels! Enjoy an early start to the holiday season with this concert of beautiful and festive music for choir and instrumental ensemble.



Voices Alone

March 4, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
Canadian Memorial United Church
1806 West 15th Ave., Vancouver


A cappella musical gems will be featured in this showcase of new and time-tested music by Canadian and international composers. Jubilate’s voices will shine in this special presentation of choral masterpieces



Winter Light III

November 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Canadian Memorial United Church
1806 West 15th Ave., Vancouver


As the dark season approaches, Jubilate is thrilled to be presenting both an antidote and celebration wrapped in a musical package audiences will be delighted to unwrap.Winter Light offers winter and light-­themed treasures from traditional to topical, liturgical and even philosophical.


This year’s version of the popular themed concert – now in its third iteration – features music by Josef Rheinberger, Eriks Esenvalds, Bruce Sled, Don Macdonald, Richard Burchard, (Jubilate Director) Larry Nickel, Estanislau Gubiotti and Robin Salkeld. The latter two are also Jubilate members.


You’ll recognize the many seasonal favourites contained in A Cappella Christmas Cards by yet another Jubilate member: well-known actor,  composer and bass singer Miles Ramsay. But Ramsay’s counterintuitive rhythms and frequent jazzy tweaks add just enough aural cinnamon to keep your ears smiling.


Winter Light 2015 marks the first time that Jubilate will be performing in the newly refurbished and now beautifully lit premises of Canadian Memorial United Church, centrally located at 1806 West 15th Ave. on the corner of 15th and Burrard Street in Vancouver.




April 2, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Fulford Community Hall
2591 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island


Jubilate is delighted to collaborate with Viva Chorale! on beautiful Salt Spring Island for our first combined concert. Featuring Music from Mozart to Loreena McKennitt and Bruce Cockburn, and the world debut of a new choral arrangement of Valdy’s ‘Rock and Roll Song’ by our own Dr. Larry Nickel.



Coast to Coast

May 7, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Canadian MemorialI United Church
1806 West 15th Ave., Vancouver


Not everyone has the wherewithal to travel a country that’s 9306 kilometres wide. But for a very small investment of time and money, you can attend Jubilate Vocal Ensemble’s Coast to Coast concert on May 7 and get some entertaining aural exposure to what Canada is all about.


Ray Griff’s Canadian Pacific whisks you from Newfoundland to BC amid a cornucopia of Canadian iconography. Ian Tyson’s Four Strong Winds and Springtime in Alberta speak of the dual heartbreak of romance and hostile climes, while BC’s own Tobin Stokes tosses us into the writhing seas of a stormy Saltery Bay in his Hunker Down.


If you’re old enough to remember the 1972 blockbuster single Play Me a Rock ‘n’ Roll Song, you may also recall it was the work of Ottawa native Valdy. The famous folksinger was skeptical it could be sung by a choir, but changed his mind when he heard Jubilate perform Dr. Larry Nickel’s arrangement of it on his current home turf of Saltspring Island.


Nickel – Jubilate’s Music Director – heads a list of Canadian composers and arrangers behind the Coast to Coast repertoire. Other notable Canuck creations include Tim Corlis’ stirring Gloria, Don Macdonald’s Blues for a Green Boy and Trent Worthington’s hilarious Alberta Homesteader and Blood on the Saddle. On a more serious note, in-house composer Robin Salkeld questions the ethos of a modern data-mining company in his Hymn of Acxiom.


While Coast to Coast continues Jubilate’s ongoing mission to showcase Canadian talent, the evening’s audience will also be treated to the likes of Mozart, Elmer Bernstein and Ēriks Ešenvalds, whose Long Road explores the incalculable distance between two hearts.



Winter Light II

November 29, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 West 33rd Ave., Vancouver


There is warmth and light in cold dark places. Jubilate will explore the paradox with music by Murray Schafer, Ola Gjeilo, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Don MacDonald, Sir Charles Parry, Jonathan Dove and Eric Whitacre. You will enjoy Cat Stevens’ Moon Shadow and the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. Catch a Falling Star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day! Our concert will feature the brilliant sound of Ellen Wang on the organ.




March 7, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 West 33rd Ave., Vancouver


Jubilate’s Colours will lay down hues from a full palette of musical styles, with colour-themed pieces ranging from folk (Green, Green) and rock (Big Yellow Taxi) to pop and experimental. Continuing the choir’s mission to feature home-grown talent, all but a few of the pieces will be Canadian – from hall-of-famers like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to less famous but equally able artists including Don Macdonald and Mark Fenster. A record 11 arrangements will be by actual choir members and Dr. Nickel.
From Broadway comes Lloyd Webber’s Joseph’s Coat (of many colours), while Joe Raposo’s Not That Easy Being Green from Sesame Street promises to melt the hearts of young and old alike.


Literal splashes of colour will be provided by professional artist and graphic designer Sarah Power, who will create a large picture from scratch in full view of the audience during the performance. Vocal highlights will come from well-known soloists Ingrid Mapson and Fabiana Katz, and from a trio of piano, bass and drums.



Requiem for Peace

June 6, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 West 33rd Ave., Vancouver


Jubilate will bring the season to an epic conclusion with a performance of Larry Nickel’s Requiem for Peace. This work is dedicated to the millions of civilians who are caught in the crossfire of warring nations, trapped in horrible situations beyond their control. Jubilate will sing pacifist poetry from around the world in twelve languages.


“Requiem For Peace deserves…nay NEEDS…to be performed and heard by all adventuresome choral musicians and enthusiasts alike!” – Robert Cooper