The Singing Ambassadors are the Voice of Toronto’s Waterfront

Where: Key locations and busy daytime spots along the Waterfront
When: Now until September 5, 2016
Cost: Free

Details: The triple award-winning Singing Ambassadors presented by The Waterfront BIA return for their fifth year on Toronto’s Waterfront. Eight lively ambassadors will be performing impromptu a cappella renditions of classic summer hits and offering assistance, directions and recommendations to visitors on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays, from 11am to 6pm until September 5.

The 2016 Singing Ambassadors are Asha James, Dan Lord, Erin Horan, Ewura-Abena Bourne, Hugh Ritchie, Jackson Smylie, Reuven Grajner and Stephanie Hotchkiss. They are split into two quartets that will perform ten a cappella summertime favourites in key locations and busy daytime spots along the Waterfront. Each song has been arranged as full and 1.5 minute songs by internationally-published com poser, arranger and per former Aaron Jensen.

Get ready to groove and move with the Singing Ambassadors this summer. Their song list includes: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams; “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and The Vandellas; “Sh Boom Sh Boom” by The Chords; “It’s All Right” by The Impressions; “Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles; “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash; “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys; “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters; “Cecilia” by Simon and Garfunkel  and “Jump in the Line” by Harry Belafonte.

Wearing The Waterfront BIA branded polo shirts, windbreakers, back packs, and festive fedoras, the Singing Ambassadors will be easy to spot as they distribute discount cards and information on key local activities to keep Torontonians and tourists well-informed of all that the Waterfront has to offer.

Throughout the summer, they  visit members daily to gain updates, perform, and take photos. In addition, they ride the sponsored City Sightseeing Toronto double-decker tour buses to explore the city’s top attractions and spread the word about the Waterfront. Special appearances are also made at member, resident and neighbouring events including the Waterfront Artisan Market, the Redpath Waterfront Festival, Sail-in Cinema, Union Station, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Ripley’s Aquarium, Centreville, and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to name a few.

New this year is The Waterfront BIA’s Snap & Share Contest. Snap a photo of the Singing Ambassadors and share it on Facebook for your chance to WIN 1-of-9 pairs of tickets to see LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil! Posts must include #SingingAmbassadors and #‎LUZIA to qualify. Beginning Monday, July 11, nine weekly winners will be announced on Facebook.

The Singing Ambassadors help to make the Toronto Waterfront a welcoming destination and have a positive impact on the newly revitalized pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood. The program is made possible with assistance from Canada Summer Jobs.

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