The Nova Scotia Mass Choir is a two-time East Coast Music Award winning 35-member, multicultural/multiracial gospel choir based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Through both its music and its very composition, the choir transcends limitations and actively spreads its message of racial harmony. The choir has performed locally, nationally and internationally, bringing their music and message to concert halls, theatres, churches, schools and community centres.
Through its performances, the choir often reaches audiences that would not normally be exposed to the genre of black gospel music, thereby raising awareness of some of the cultural contributions of African Nova Scotians to the fabric of our province. Since its inception in 1992 when it debuted at the International Gospel Festival in Halifax, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir has collaborated with an impressive list of musical talent – one that could be considered a “who’s who” of music in Nova Scotia. The choir’s repertoire has consistently featured compositions by well-known local composers and musical directors, as well as choir members themselves, all of which has contributed to the group’s distinctive sound. Several times a year, the Mass Choir gives benefit concerts in support of racial harmony and to assist various charitable causes.
Highlights of the choir’s years together include:
The Choir has recorded two CD’s: Heaven and He Never Failed Me Yet which have made the Choir’s “…rich harmonies and soulful sounds” (Canadian Living July 1997) well known throughout Atlantic Canada and given it national exposure.
- Performance at the 30th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington in 1993
- Performance at the Southern Christian Leadership Convention in Dallas, Texas in 1995
- Two seasons on national television in a thirteen part series “Hallelujah” on CBC and Vision TV
- East Coast Music Awards for Blues/Gospel Group of the Year (1997) and Gospel Group of the Year (2000)
- The African Nova Scotian Music Association recognized the Choir for Best Live Performance (1998) and Best Gospel (1999)