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Love to sing but not sure you are ‘good enough’? Well, Shout Sister thinks you are! In fact, you can join the Shout Sister choir even if you can’t read music and have no musical training.


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The new Peterborough Director, Kim Doolittle, is an accomplished singer/songwriter. She will direct you and the other members in a fun and unorthodox approach to choral singing. Learn everything you need to know to sing with the choir by studying recorded tracks of music including music from pop and Motown, to folk, to a touch of country and blues.

Everyone from those with no singing experience to others who have sung for years enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. After all, singing is a powerful activity that makes you simply feel good.

The first Shout Sister choir was started by Georgette Fry in Kingston in 2002. She opened chapters in Brockville and Picton in 2006. There are now 24 Chapters in Ontario under the direction of 13 Directors.

Georgette’s efforts were rewarded this past year when she was chosen to be a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal – Civil Division. The award recognizes Canadians for a “deed or an activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner, or according to a very high standard: often innovative, this deed or activity sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings benefit or honour to Canada.”

You can join the ranks of the Shout Sister members to ensure Georgette’s efforts continue – and to have fun! Director Kim Doolittle is accepting new members and would love to meet you on December 18th in Peterborough.

If the 18th does not work for you, you are welcome to attend another practice with no obligation at any time. Joining Shout Sister could be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself!


Greenwood United Church- Peterborough

737 Donwood Drive, Peterborough ON, K9L 1G6



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If you love to sing but don’t feel you’re quite good enough to be on stage, you might want to check out “Shout Sister!” a unique approach to choral singing.


What makes it unique? No auditions for one thing! Singing with the group is simply fun, including a wide variety of styles from pop to Motown, folk, country and blues.

You don’t even have to be able to read music because members learn from the recorded versions of songs. Experienced singers and inexperienced singers all find a refuge in the relaxed atmosphere, bonding with other sisters.

The choir was started in 2002 by Georgette Fry in Kingston. Georgette’s career spans 35 years. She is a veteran of the Canadian Music scene, a blues and jazz artist and a 1994 Juno nominee.

Georgette fiercely believed that music offers physical and psychological benefits and such benefits should be available to everyone. The development of the choir appealed to a wide range of women who enjoyed singing but who did not have formal training, could not read music, and who definitely did not want to have to audition for a choir. Women who would otherwise be robbed of an opportunity to sing with others suddenly had the chance to belong.

And now, 15 years later, Shout Sister! has 23 chapters across the province with the closest in Peterborough. The photo below is from the local chapter.


The Shout Sister! website includes a large selection of videos where you can see and hear a cross section of the choirs in action. Listen to everything from Hallelujah, Song for a Winter’s Night, Strange Man, Fields of Gold, Have You Ever Seen the Rain…the range of music is amazing.  

Shout Sister! fosters community spirit and giving. Many of the performances help to raise money for local causes, particularly supporting organizations for women and children. They work hard to keep the arts alive by reaching out and inspiring others.


Contact Peterborough Shout Sisters!

Director:               Barbara Johnston

Choir Chair:         Sue Smith

Rehearsals:         Monday evenings from 7-9pm

Greenwood United Church

737 Donwood Drive

Peterborough Ontario

Contact Email:     members@shoutsisterchoir.ca



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