Now proudly celebrating our 20th anniversary season, Forte - Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus is one of Canada's premier male choral ensembles with a membership proudly drawn from Toronto's diverse LGTBQ+ community.
Created by its 3 founding members in 1997, Forte has evolved through a range of performance styles and repertoires to our latest programming which includes annual Holiday and Pride-affiliated summer shows and an on-going cabaret series at Buddies in Bad Times. We've also appeared at a variety of community milestone events including the Candlelight AIDS Vigil, Pride and Remembrance Run, Toronto Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Inspire Awards, The Imperial Court of Toronto Coronation and the Toronto Mr. Leatherman competition. (What can we say? We like to get around.)
In 2008, Forte was a National Semi-Finalist in Choral 2008, the bi-annual CBC National Radio-Canada Competition for Amateur Choirs, and a National Finalist in the 2010 National Choral Competition. We've also performed the Canadian Anthem at the first ever NFL You Can Play Night with the Toronto Argonauts; Canadian and US anthems at Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors games; an original audio installation at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014; Voices of Toronto; National Ballet School of Canada; Breakfast Television; Mad Dog and Billie; at the Unison Canadian Gay and Lesbian Choral Festival in Ottawa 2014, Winnipeg 2010, Vancouver 2006, Toronto 2002 and Edmonton 1998; and appeared in concert with Margaret Cho, Leona Boyd, Billy Newton Davis and Mary McCandless.
In addition, Forte actively seeks to give back to the community through annual donated charity event concerts, most recently for the Campbellford Memorial Hospital Association and Durham Peel LGBTQ Youth Services with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Artistic Director Edward Connell
Since 2002, Forte has been under the leadership of Edward Connell, one of Canada's finest choral directors. His diverse musical career includes many years creating music for professional theatre, as well as Head of Music Theory and Piano at the Alberta College Conservatory, and Music Director of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, one of the largest church music programs in Canada. Since 2005, he has also been concert pianist with The National Ballet of Canada, where he has performed as soloist for many productions. Recently, he and the National Ballet performed Chopin's 24 Preludes as part of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, as well as several performances in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Mr. Connell's many academic honours include being named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists with the Healey Willan Prize.