J.J. (Jay) Koornstra

August 31, 1953 – July 19, 2022

Our city, our community and our choir lost a hero this week. Jay was an inspiration to so many of us, and his joie de vivre was in everything he did, in ever smile he gave, and in every note he sang.

It was a great honour to sing and perform with Jay for many years; and at our last concert, Jay helped lead the Chorus perform the iconic Time Warp dance. 

He will be deeply missed.

If you would like to watch our performance of Time Warp, and hear Jay’s iconic line, please click the photo below.

“It’s just a jump to the left” ~J.J. (Jay) Koornstra

A Winter Faerie

The Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus is thrilled to return to in-person singing with its 2021 holiday concert. A Winter Faerie is a multilingual program, featuring modern and contemporary pieces as well as traditional songs that focus on being home, surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones — precisely what we all need after social distancing for so long.

Date: Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm (but please arrive early in order to complete the COVID-19 prevention measures outlined below).
Price: $25.00 ($15.00 if unwaged)

eTickets Only: There will be no “paper” tickets sold. You must purchase your ticket(s) from Eventbrite. If you show up the day of the concert and if there is still space available (due to COVID-19 prevention measures, space is limited to 200 attendees), you will be asked to use your smart phone and purchase a ticket online.
Location: St. John the Evangelist (Anglican Church), 154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8.

Please note that the following COVID-19 prevention measures that will be in place during our concert:

  1. All attendees must show proof of being fully vaccinated along with their photo ID.
  2. All attendees must wear their masks during the entire concert (upon entry into the venue until their exit from the venue).
  3. All attendees must answer a COVID-19 self-assessment screening upon entry.