Our History

For over 20 years, Unisong has been a celebration of Canadian unity through song. Created in 1997 by Don and Lois Harper as a means of uniting the country after the very close 1995 Quebec referendum, the Unisong Choral Festival has been bringing together choirs from every province for decades. 

Joining a mass ensemble of hundreds of choristers, this once-in-a-lifetime experience allows your choir to perform in the heart of festivities in Ottawa on Canada Day. With a chance to meet and create incredible memories, this festival is a chance for choirs of all ages to be a part of an ongoing tradition, celebrating Canada and music!

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So, What's Included?

Besides a unique chance to be a part of official Canada Day festivities, a Unisong package contains:

  • Award-winning Artistic Director, Robert Filion.

  • Well-known Canadian Guest Conductors.

  • A variety of Canadian choral repertoire.

  • In-town Transportation and accommodations in the heart of downtown Ottawa.

  • Personal greetings on arrival.

  • Easily identifiable festival staff and volunteers.

  • Most meals are included.

And, Why Join Unisong?

We work closely with key partners including, the National Arts Centre and Heritage Canada, to provide a performance tour like no-other. Past performances include:

  • Performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra​.

  • Singing O Canada on Parliament Hill​.

  • Choir repertoire preformances in the Rotunda of Parliament​.

  • Lobby performances in Parliament, a Museum or Rideau Hall.