Yule Duel: BC's largest outdoor carolling competition returns to Gastown

Nov 15 2018, 8:28 pm

The fourth annual Yule Duel will fill Gastown’s cobblestone streets with holiday songs and festive crowds for a good cause, early next month.

Taking place on December 6, the family-friendly holiday event attracts thousands of people and features some of Vancouver’s best voices.

These musical heroes of the holiday season will lend their vocal talents to raise funds for The Bloom Group’s May’s Place, the Downtown Eastside hospice that has provided compassionate end-of-life care to vulnerable and marginalized people since 1990.

“Last year Yule Duel raised over $50,000 for May’s Place. With these funds we were able to expand our services and programs, ensuring that vulnerable citizens get the best end of life care,” said Michele Sutherland, Manager of Hospice Services at May’s Place.

In this particular carolling competition, audience participation is key, as onlookers get the chance to vote for their favourite choirs, helping carolers make it to the duelling sing-offs, where a panel of celebrity judges will decide the winner.

The choirs will perform a variety of musical styles including acapella, jazz, pop, rock and songs in different languages, showcasing the holiday traditions of many cultures.

For each donation of $5 spectators can buy a voting button which will give them the ability to vote for a choir to make it to the finals.

Fan favourites and former winners Notre Dame Platinum Girls and Iron Men, Zing!
Children’s Choir and Mom Choir are back to defend their titles against newcomers Little Flower Academy, St. Georges School Junior Choir, Mulgrave Chamber Choir and Sarabande– a sub choir of Vancouver Bach Choir.

New to this year’s event is an opening performance from three-time Grammy award winner and R&B Hall Of Fame inductee, Dutch Robinson. The smooth sounds of this legendary musician will float through the streets of Gastown at 6 pm.

Yule Duel Vancouver 2018

When: December 6, 2018

Time: 6 to 9 pm

Where: Gastown

Admission: Free, but a $5 donation to May’s Place is suggested

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