Nova Scotia Mass Choir

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The Nova Scotia Mass Choir is a Canadian choral ensemble based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1] The choir performs mainly black gospel music, and focuses on spreading the message of racial harmony.


The Nova Scotia Mass Choir was founded in 1992. In 1993 they performed in Washington, D.C., at a concert in memory of Martin Luther King.[2]

In 1995 the choir performed with Oliver Jones in Halifax.[3] That year they released an album on the Jongleur label.[4]

By 1998 the choir had 63 members.[5]

The Nova Scotia Mass Choir has performed locally, nationally and internationally, and has won two East Coast Music Awards.[6] The choir reaches audiences that would not normally be exposed to the genre of black gospel music, and showcases the cultural contributions of African Nova Scotians.[7]

The choir's repertoire features compositions by well-known local composers and musical directors as well as choir members themselves.[8] The group also performs arrangements of traditional gospel and folk music.[9]

Several times a year, the Mass Choir gives benefit concerts in support of racial harmony and to assist various charitable causes, and performs an annual concert to commemorate Martin Luther King[6]


  1. ^ "Sparkle, dresses, jeans and smiles adorn ECMA red carpet", Chronicle Herald,By ANDREA NEMETZ March 11, 2013
  2. ^ "Past, present, future combine as Nova Scotia Mass Choir kicks off 25th year". Local Xpress, Jan 13, 2017 by: Andrea Nemetz
  3. ^ Marthe Sansregret (1 January 2006). Oliver Jones. Dundurn. pp. 263, 346. ISBN 978-1-77070-666-8. 
  4. ^ Larry LeBlanc (6 April 1996). Jazz Singer Jeri Brown off to 'Fresh Start'. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ Larry LeBlanc (6 June 1998). "Maritimers Show African Edge". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 70–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  6. ^ a b "Choir leader helps keep King’s dream alive at tribute", Chronicle Herald, By ANDREA NEMETZ January 17, 2013
  7. ^ Anthony Appiah; Henry Louis Gates (2005). Africana: Aardvark-Catholic. Oxford University Press. p. 727. ISBN 978-0-19-522325-5. 
  8. ^ Suzanne Pasternak. The Story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and the Boston Tree. FriesenPress. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-1-5255-0182-1. 
  9. ^ Merna Forster (7 September 2011). 100 More Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces. Dundurn. pp. 108–. ISBN 978-1-4597-0086-4. 

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