Formed in 1998, this talented group of singers won the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs in 2000. TNL has represented Ontario 13 times at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Chorus Competition, winning medals 12 times and earning consecutive silvers from 2001 to 2005. In 2013, in front of a hometown crowd at the Air Canada Centre, they won the International Chorus Competition’s gold medal.
TNL has also performed in Germany, England, Holland, and China. Most recently, this past April TNL headed to Europe on a “Gold Medal Tour” that saw them perform in England, Germany, and Sweden.
The chorus attracts members of all ages, backgrounds and employment. Although Toronto based, members also come from Montreal, Ottawa, London, Buffalo and Detroit!
TNL’s repertoire ranges from Barbershop to Broadway, Vocal Jazz to Doo-Wop and Gershwin to the Beatles. They have five CDs, including their most recent, “Dare To Dream”, and a two-disc DVD set, “Welcome to the Sandbox”.
Steven Armstrong, Musical Director
Steven Armstrong has been involved in barbershop singing for almost 30 years, joining the Oshawa Horseless Carriagemen when he was just 13 years of age. Steve began his early directing career at the age of 19 as the director of the Oshawa Sweet Adelines, followed by the Oshawa Horseless Carriagemen and the Oakville Entertainers. By the age of 32, Steve had directed both the Scarborough Dukes of Harmony and the East York Barbershoppers into international competitions. More recently, Steve has been the Musical Director and co-founder of the Toronto Northern Lights. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Toronto in 1984.
Steve has been a member of two Ontario District Championship Quartets (1988 “Flipside” and 1996 “Jukebox”), both of which competed at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s international competitions. In addition, Steve has been a society judge for over 16 years, is currently serving in the Music category and has spent 8 years on that category’s Board of Review. Steve has twice served on the judging panel at international competitions (Pittsburgh 1994 and Salt Lake City 1996) and he has judged in 16 of the society’s 17 North American districts as well as in 3 overseas contests. (Sweden, Germany and Holland).
An accomplished barbershop arranger, coach and instructor, Steve’s skill and experience have been sought after by many quartets and choruses. He has coached and taught throughout Canada and the US and he has taught at the society’s Harmony University in St.Joseph, MO in addition to his coaching and teaching sessions in Sweden and England.
Steve lives in Oshawa with his wife Lori and son Joel where he also serves as choir director at the local Salvation Army church.
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?, VOLUME I
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Lonesome, That's All
The Longest Time
Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
Don't Break the Heart That Loves You
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
South Rampart Street Parade
When Day Is Done
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?, VOLUME II
At the End of The Day
I Dreamed a Dream
Castle on a Cloud
Master of the House
On My Own
Damn Their Warnings
Drink With Me
Bring Him Home
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Do You Hear the People Sing?
BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia
In the Still of the Night (Kern Lewin soloist)
She's Like the Swallow
This Little Light of Mine
Embraceable You (solo: Moya Horan)
It Had To Be You
Lover Come Back
The Star-Spangled Banner/Oh Canada/Ode to Joy (featured quartet: Acoustix)
Daddy Sang Bass
Guys and Dolls Medley (various soloists)
Fugue for Tinhorns
Luck Be a Lady
Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
The Prayer (John Mallett soloist)
King of Spain
Right from the Start
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Who Will Buy
All the World Will Be Jealous of Me
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Circle of Life" (with Power Play)
THE GIFT OF MUSIC
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Merry Christmas, Darling
Come & See What's Hap'nin' In The Barn
What Sweeter Music
Happy Holiday/Holiday Season Medley
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
DARE TO DREAM
Come On, Get Happy
Cross the Mason-Dixon Line
I’ll Get By
Everything’s Coming Up Roses
When You Wish Upon A Star
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Goodbye World, Goodbye
Over The Rainbow