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.