A Northern Chorus

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A Northern Chorus
Origin Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genres Space rock
Folk music
Years active 1999–2008
Labels Sonic Unyon
Website www.sonicunyon.com/anorthernchorus
Members Stu Livingstone
Pete Hall
Alex McMaster
Owen Davies
Craig Halliday
Erin Aurich
Past members Dan Jagt
Julie (MacDonald) Fader
Sarah MacGregor
Mark Raymond
Marshall Bureau
Steve Hesselink

A Northern Chorus was a Canadian band from Hamilton, Ontario. They released four records on the Sonic Unyon label.


The band was formed in 1999 by singers/guitarists Stu Livingstone and Pete Hall after their previous group, Datura Dream Deferred, disbanded. The band's initial lineup also included bassist Mark Raymond, drummer Dan Jagt, violinist Erin Aurich and flautist/guitarist Julie MacDonald, who also sang backup vocals.[1]

In 2001, the band's first album, Before We All Go To Pieces, was originally released by Black Mountain Music. Later, it was re-released on Sonic Union with a slightly different track list. Prior to recording the next album, Spirit Flags, Jagt and Raymond left the band and were replaced by bassist Owen Davies and drummer Marshall Bureau, while violinist Sarah MacGregor replaced Aurich. In 2003, the band released its second album, Spirit Flags.[2][3] In 2004, MacDonald left the band to join Sarah Harmer's band, and cellist/vocalist Alex McMaster joined soon after. In 2005, after releasing the third album, Bitter Hands Resign, drummer Marshall Bureau left and was replaced by Steve Hasselink.[4]

Erin Aurich rejoined the band in time to be included on their fourth album, The Millions Too Many.[5][6] This album also included drummer Craig Halliday and horn player Ben Bowen.

Between 2001 and 2008, the band toured Canada and the United States several times.[7] They also toured the United Kingdom in 2004.[8]

In May 2008, A Northern Chorus announced it would be disbanding. They played two final shows on June 27 (Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto) and June 28 (Hamilton), 2008.[9]

In August 2011, the band reunited its Millions Too Many lineup to play two shows in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. In June 2014, they reunited once again to play a show in Hamilton.




  • Before We All Go to Pieces (2001)
  • Spirit Flags (May 20, 2003)
  • Bitter Hands Resign (May 3, 2005)
  • The Millions Too Many (March 20, 2007)


  1. ^ "True Northern: Hamilton orch-pop posse get motivated". Now Magazine, by Sarah Liss. June 23, 2005
  2. ^ "A Northern Chorus Are Hopefully Lonely". Exclaim!, By Rob Bolton. Jan 01, 2006
  3. ^ "A Northern Chorus Spirit Flags". Pop Matters, by Adrien Begrand. 10 July 2003
  4. ^ "A Northern Chorus Strives For Clarity". The Georgia Strait, by John Lucas on April 28th, 2005
  5. ^ "A Northern Chorus Get Bigger, Yet Shorter, On New Album". Chart Attack, Jan 26, 2007.
  6. ^ "The Millions Too Many"/ Pop Matters, Aarik Danielsen 24 May 2007
  7. ^ A Northern Chorus to Tour North and South Archived May 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Pitchfork Media. Accessed May 11, 2007.
  8. ^ http://www.chartattack.com/news/2004/02/16/a-northern-chorus-set-a-course-for-the-u-k/
  9. ^ "A Northern Chorus Call It A Day". Exclaim!, By Scott A. Gray. May 21, 2008

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