Nationwide musical event kicks off campaign against abuse and sexual violence

At 10:15 on Saturday, October 24th, choirs across Canada will sing simultaneously in surprise locations from coast to coast, all in the name of ending abuse and sexual violence against women and girls worldwide.

The nationwide musical ‘flash mob’ extravaganza is being organized by Vancouver-based group Compassion Globally and is the brainchild of its founder Peter Bardon.

“Compassion Globally aims to make our world a more secure place for girls, for women and for men,” said Bardon. “We are not reinventing the wheel. We are making that wheel worldwide. Only with a worldwide organization can we accomplish our goal.”

These choirs, in locations ranging from BC to the Maritimes and Nunavut, will sing in English, French, and Inuktitut, and several will perform a song specially-written for the occasion, “Hope in Every Handshake”. The tune was composed by Jenny Morgan of North Vancouver’s Higher Ground Women’s Ensemble.

More information can be found on the Compassion Globally website,


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The Choirs:

  • North Vancouver: Choir led by Jenny Morgan (who has also written a song called “Hope in Every Handshake” to be performed by other choirs across the country)
  • Victoria: Gettin’ Higher Choir led by Dennis Donnely
  • Calgary: Choir led by Nancy Jackson
  • Edmonton: Edmonton Youth Choir – Dr. John Wiebe
  • Regina: Choir led by Karen Ell
  • Ottawa: The Big Soul Project
  • Hamilton: Hamilton Sings! led by Susan Crow
  • Montreal: Choir led by Fran Spidle – Singing “Hope in Every Handshake”
  • Quebec City: Choir led by Katharine Urbschat in French
  • Halifax: Choir led by Sarah Krawiec
  • Frederickton: University of New Brunswick Choir led by Bjorn Runefors
  • Charlottetowne, PEI: Veterans choir organized by Kip Holloway
  • Nunavut: Iqaluit Choir (Inuksuk High School choir) led by Dr. Mary Piercey. Choir will sing in Inuktitut!