I’m singing in a 10-piece choir called Machari at a concert on April 2nd in downtown Toronto. We do Georgian music, that is to say, folk/work/church/wedding etc songs from the country south of Russia, north of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, east of the Black Sea. The harmony and structure of the songs is really different to western music and some of our members play Georgian instruments.

Before I joined, Machari made a (self-titled) CD and this concert, which is in ‘a delightful and unpretentious little oasis’ (former church, now ‘Heliconian Hall’, built in 1876) is the launch party. The programme lasts about an hour, split into 2 sets. Admission is $15 and start time is 7.30pm. Should be a great night!