The Toronto Star
Nov. 12, 2001
An uptown singalong
Local amateurs croon favourites from the Great White Way
“I got rhythm.” The 46 singers are belting out the music with indisputable passion.
Some of them are off key, and a few straggle off the time.
It can’t be denied: They’re no Kiri Te Kanawa. In fact, they’re no John Denver. But they sure are enthusiastic.
“I got music. I got my girl; who could ask for anything mo-o-o-o-ore!”
This event is in the guise of a night school course. What it actually is, is a sensation.
The Avenue Road Arts School’s weekly two-hour singalong evening of Broadway show tunes has become so popular that the school opened a second section this term on another evening. School founder Lola Rasminsky says new people join the second group every week, and she’s prepared to start a third for the winter term if the numbers keep growing.
Getting together to sing “Oklahoma” and “Get Me To The Church On Time” clearly has appeal. The singing group fills the room with an extraordinary energy.