The Vancouver Rock Choir is a project created by Nick La Riviere, one of Victoria’s busiest multi-instrumentalists. Nick started by creating The Victoria Rock Choir, and The Nanaimo Rock Choir.  Those choirs have been having so much fun, it’s time to bring the party to Vancouver. With the help of the amazing Frankie Hidalgo, the Vancouver Rock Choir is going to be an incredibly good time!

This choir features accompaniment (and rockin’ solos) by piano, bass, guitar, and drums. Performing music by bands like Journey, Whitesnake, The Beatles, Van Halen, Guns n’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, and other fun rockers, with arrangements by Nick La Riviere.  This is a choir where you can really belt it out!

This is a non-auditioned choir, and we believe that everyone has what it takes to rock with us! Not a musician or a notation reader? No problem, we’ve got you covered. Choir members can use the free online music editor Compose by SmartMusic to play back their parts (see the video below to see how it works).  It’s fun, easy, and will also help people learn to read the music. For anyone without a computer or tablet (required for the Compose app), audio demos are also available.

The choir rehearses Thursdays at Reality Church at 808 E 19th Ave from 6:15 to 8:15. The season will begin July 11th. THIS SECTION NOT FINISHED – still has Nanaimo info. We wrap up the season of rehearsals with a performance at Generations Church fundraising for charity – Nanaimo Foodshare.  Upcoming performances are April 12 and November 15, 2024.  See below to find out more about what they do.

Want to join us? Email now to register!

About choir director frankie hidalgo

Juno nominee, arranger, composer, educator, director, performer, producer, entrepreneur and multi-instrumentalist, Frankie Hidalgo been an active member of the Western Canada music scene for the last 15 years.  He has worked alongside international acts, directed various choirs, managed music schools, festivals and played all around Canada and the US.  Frankie brings about his experience and expertise to instil passion, excellence and a sense of community to all his students through music.

about Choir Creator Nick La Riviere

Choir director and arranger Nick La Riviere is a professional freelance musician. He tours across Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Europe with various bands including the Juno winning band, The Paperboys. His main instrument is trombone, but he also loves to sing, play bass, piano, and conch shells (yes, for real). He loves playing all styles of music and has performed with iconic rock band 54-40, as well as composed horn charts for their show. In addition to performing, Nick directs the Victoria Rock Choir, The Nanaimo Rock Choir, The Soul Source R&B Band, and The Jive Big Band. 

Check out Nick’s gig schedule here

VIDEOS

Want to see what The Vancouver Rock Choir will look like? Here’s a video with clips from The Nanaimo Rock Choir’s concert in April 2024.  They had an amazing turnout, over 700 people!  It was a very fun show, and the choir raised over $6000 for Nanaimo Foodshare! 

Not sure if you’re a Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass? This should help… and also inspire you with our super fun arrangement of Don’t Stop Believin’! (this is probably about the most complicated arrangement we’ll try by the way!)

Want to skip to the song? Click here!

Check out our system to make it super easy for you to practice your part at home whether you’re a music reader or not!

Q&A

Will there be opportunities for solo singing, or is it all choral?
YES! Some of the arrangements will include solos where one person can take the lead, backed by the choir.

I’m not sure I have what it takes to sing in a choir, can I try it out before I commit?
YES! Come join us for a rehearsal before committing to the season. We’re sure you’ll have a great time.

Are voice roles (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) gender specific?
NO! Anyone is welcome to whatever part suits their vocal range.

For those who can’t read notation, how will rehearsals works?
Whenever possible notation reading members will stand between non-reading members at rehearsal.  Also, the music will be given out ahead of the first rehearsal, both in notation and in the online playback system (see the video above) so you’ve got a chance to start getting comfortable with it before singing with the group.

About the charity we support - NEEDS UPDATING

Established in 1997 and registered as a charity in 2000, Nanaimo Foodshare Society connects the community with resources, skills, and knowledge to create change that increases healthy food for everyone.

Check out Nanaimo Foodshare’s website here

Specifically, they:

  • Work with community partners to address hunger in the community
  • Build food skills
  • Bring the community together to share resources
  • Build community capacity to provide healthy foods to everyone.
  • Through our programs, we support local sustainable food, help build food policy and develop coordinated community strategies to improve food security.
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