Guest Appearance Honor!

Both the Duncan and Victoria Choir’s had the honor of participating in
Black History Month Celebrations at the Brichen United Church in
Nanaimo, Bc this last weekend.  (Sunday 19th February 2017)

The Nanaimo African Heritage Society (NAHS)
hosted a wonderful variety of talented guest musicians
and the Freedom Gospel Choir’s

Steal Away
All night all day
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around
Soon I will be done

Their singing was described as “Soulful and wonderful”
and they received a standing ovation for their gospel song renditions.

Resized_20170219_162148Pre-performance with some of the choir

The choir was joined by NAHS Founder President Shamela Gantt
for the performance of “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around”
which added a commanding quality to an already powerful song.

shalemaShamela Gantt

The final windup Gala and Dinner for the 17th Annual NAHS celebrations
is on 25th February and features a fashion show,
musical performers and award presentations.

A portion of the proceeds for this event will go toward fundraising for Haiti Schools.

Tickets and more information is available online at

Press Release:  Nanaimo Bulletin

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Our Director

Musical Director Ann Antonides has a history of more than 30 years of choral conducting on Southern Vancouver Island, including a dozen years at the helm of the Duncan Choral Society, as well as conducting elementary and high school choirs during her teaching career.

In September of 2013 Ann started the Freedom. Gospel Choir. Ann has always loved gospel music and sometimes you can catch her dancing to the tunes. Ann loves bringing together singers who are enriched by this music and want to share their joy with the community.

Tanya Gillespie

Yes, she plays guitar. And drums. And other instruments. But her real forté is the piano. She loves the gospel genre, and it shows in the way she plays. After graduating with first class honours in piano and harmony at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Tanya continued to expand her musical horizons by developing her preordained passion for singing, writing, and composing.

In 2006, she won the Monday Magazine designation as “Who Will Be Victoria’s Next Big Thing”, and took the runner-up prize in the category of Favorite Solo Artist.

She has produced 3 CD’s including a restful assortment of improvisational piano instrumentals entitled “Impromptu”, and an infectious Indie-pop collection produced by Juno-nominated musician/producer Matthew James.