The Chœur classique de l'Outaouais

As a small non-profit group managed by volunteers, Le Chœur classique de l'Outaouais doesn't have sufficient resources to maintain a full English version of this web site. However, we are pleased to offer you the following information and invite you to attend our concerts and even join us as a singer!

Who we are

The Chœur classique de l'Outaouais is a regional mixed voices choral society with around 60 voices. Although it conducts most of its activities in French on the Gatineau side of the National Capital Region of Canada, its members and its audience come from all languages groups and from both sides of the Ottawa River. In order to reach as wide an audience as possible, the choir has performed at the Maison du Citoyen in Hull, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau’s Maison de la culture, and in many churches in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. We have performed for Radio-Canada’s “Concerts aux beaux-arts” series, the Kiwanis Festival, and Unisong Canada, and we were invited to perform during the Christmas Lights Across Canada ceremony on Parliament Hill in 1998 and 2006. In 2010, the Chœur classique de l'Outaouais received the 2010 award from the Liette-Turner Foundation.

Christmas Concert
Enchantements du monde
(Enchantments of the world)
Polychoral celebration of the CCO's 30th anniversary

Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Saint-François-de-Sales Church
799 Jacques Cartier, Gatineau
(Pointe Gatineau, near Lady Aberdeen Bridge)

To continue the polychoral experience we enjoyed in the Spring with the German choir in Europe, we will be joined by the Ottawa Bach Choir in singing works for two and three choirs by Handel, Praetorius, Schütz and Vivaldi. The highlight of this concert will be the premiere Canadian performance of Enchantements du monde (Enchantments of the world), a piece composed specifically for us by François-Hugues Leclair. The choir will be accompanied by the Ensemble Prisme and its string orchestra, along with three string quartets, and Frédéric Lacroix on the piano and organ.

See the program (PDF)

Spring Concert
Renaissance printanière
(Springtime Renaissance)
Sacred and secular music

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm
Saint-François-de-Sales Church
799 Jacques Cartier, Gatineau
(Pointe Gatineau, near Lady Aberdeen Bridge)

The Renaissance was a period in European history after the Middle Ages that saw an upsurge in artistic expression in every area of endeavour. We will represent it by singing secular works celebrating love, good food and life's pleasures from England to Flanders, and from Spain to Sicily. The Renaissance also witnessed the splendors of the Vatican, and glorious architecture and music. We will be singing sacred works that are distinctive in their own way: excerpts from William Byrd's Mass for Three Voices and the extravagant Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis for eight choirs of five voices each. We will be accompanied by wind instruments from the Ensemble Prisme, and by Frédéric Lacroix on the positive organ.

See the program (PDF)


Tickets and Subscriptions

Tickets for one concert are priced $25 for regular adult seating, $30 in the reserved section (the first ten rows at the front), $10 for students, and free for children 12 and under. It is to be noted that seats in the reserved section are normally available through subscriptions to the two concerts only (see below); but after the subscription period, November 10, seats in the reserved section can be bought for a single concert, depending on availability.

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased:

  • by mail (send a cheque made to "Le Chœur classique de l'Outaouais" - see address below with your name and address, the date of the concert you want tickets for and the type of tickets).
    For SUBSCRIPTIONS, please use this subscription form.
  • from one of its members
  • online   New !!!

One month before the concerts, tickets will be on sale at the Librairie du Soleil (Gatineau), and at The Leading Note (Ottawa). If you prefer, you can purchase a subscription to the 2 concerts: 1 regular ticket for each concert for a total of $45 instead of $50 (save $5), or 1 ticket in the reserved section for each concert for a total of $60. Subscriptions to the 2 concerts must be sent to the Chœur by the 10th of November. If you wish, a subscription form is availlable here in PDF format for printing.

Joining the choir

New members are generally recruited at the beginning of the music season, in the first weeks of September and early in January. But we would be pleased to hear from you any time. Just send in your application and we will contact you. Since we never have quite enough tenors and basses, applications from male singers are always the most welcomed!

Community support

Le Chœur classique de l'Outaouais is a not-for-profit organization financed fully by its membership dues, by private and public sponsorship, and by donations from members of the public. We greatly value all our donators and we recognize their gifts by publishing their names in our concert programs. If you wish to contribute financially to this important cultural work, please contact us. You can also print this form (a PDF document), fill it, and return it to the address below.

Except for the musical director and the accompanists, who are both paid professional musicians, all members of the choir, its helpers, and its friends are volunteers. If you want to lend a hand, please contact us and we'll determine what is the best use for you talents.

Contact us

You can reach the Chœur via email at, by telephone at 819-920-0350, or by traditional mail at "Le Chœur Classique de l'Outaouais, C.P. 1653, Succ. B, Gatineau QC, J8X 3Y5".