When Tone Cluster began in 1994 as a gay madrigal group with a temporary name, no one was thinking about what the future might hold for the choir. Over 20 years later, Tone Cluster is a vibrant musical ensemble that contributes both musically to the Ottawa arts scene and socially as part of Ottawa’s LGBTQ community.
Tone Cluster donates its time to helping the groups that support Ottawa’s gay community: the choir has sung at events hosted by Pink Triangle Services and Egale and for organizations concerned with HIV/AIDS. The choir has marched as a group in support of Bruce House and of equal marriage in Canada.
Tone Cluster’s concerts continue to attract a wide audience that enjoys the group’s eclectic repertoire: everything from madrigals to Manhattan Transfer arrangements. The choir takes pride in showcasing talented performers from Ottawa-Gatineau at its concerts and in commissioning new works by Canadian composers.
The choir has grown over the years into a group of LGBTQ singers and their allies who come to rehearsal each Monday night to celebrate diversity, enjoy each other’s company, and make some great music.