Celebrating its 10th season in 2017/2018, That Choir is one of Toronto’s most exciting a cappella ensembles, combining high-calibre performance with storytelling through choral music. Conducted by Craig Pike, the ensemble now draws together thirty auditioned singers with diverse backgrounds in culture, work and study. Each season, That Choir presents a four-concert series of contemporary choral works and an exciting cabaret series, undertakes a range of professional development and youth engagement projects and appears at many local and provincial music festivals and arts events. Recent appearances include the nationally-televised City Carol Sing at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, a featured performance in Barrie, Ontario with the Georgian Music Series, and feature choir with the international touring concert: Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. That Choir is committed to supporting the works of Canadian composers and recently launched a workshop program dedicated to the development of new choral compositions by emerging Canadian composers.
Craig began his relationship with choral music while singing with the choirs of Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland under the direction of his mentor Susan Quinn. He would go on to sing with the Memorial University of Newfoundland Chamber Choir and the internationally-acclaimed Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. In 1996, Craig joined the folk choir at St. Theresa’s Church in St. John’s and by age fifteen had become assistant conductor. In 2002, after studying choral conducting with Dr. Doug Dunsmore at Memorial University, he moved to Halifax where he assumed the position of music director at Canadian Martyrs Church. Craig’s curiosity in the arts, and specifically acting eventually brought him to his studies at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto. His work as an actor has brought him to the Shaw Festival of Canada, Neptune Theatre in Halifax, and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. His love of text, passion for choral singing, and relationships cultivated through the theatre is what inspired the formation of That Choir