From left, Malaika Horswill, Laura Metcalfe and Gillian Lippert grew up in music and theatre programs in Nelson, including membership in Allison Girvan’s Corazón Vocal Ensemble. On April 16 they’re visiting their hometown with their 20-voice Vancouver group Gracenote. Photo submitted

Gracenote returns to Nelson

The Vancouver treble choir will perform twice in Nelson on April 16.

Gracenote’s In Good Company tour is coming to Nelson.

Gracenote is a choir based in Vancouver, founded in 2015 by Malaika Horswill, Gillian Lippert and Laura Metcalfe, all of whom grew up in Nelson. Gracenote began as a group of ten singers (including nine Corazón alumni) rehearsing in a cozy East Vancouver living room. Their first performance took place in a yoga studio where the 35 audience members took off their shoes and sat on the floor.

Since then, Gracenote has outgrown the living room and evolved into the current ensemble of 20 auditioned singers from various cities and singing histories.

This 2018 season has been full of growth for Gracenote, including performances at the Revue Stage on Granville Island, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff, as well as the creation of a brand new mixed-voice choir, Kôr.

“Running Gracenote and singing with this group of incredible women is one of the best things I’ve done in my life,” Metcalfe says.

“Gracenote often surprises people. We strive to reach a wider audience who might not be used to choir performances. The three of us grew up in Nelson, singing in Corazón, and that really gave us a strong foundation in music and community, and inspired us to continue breaking the choir mould.”

The Nelson performances are on April 16th at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Nelson United Church. Tickets are on a sliding scale $15 and $18, for purchase at the Capitol Theatre box office, online at, or by phone at 250-352-6363.


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