A New Chapter: Carrie Tennant’s Last Concerts with Coastal Sound

A new chapter for Coastal Sound – Youth Choir director Carrie Tennant passes the baton.
Since 2007, we’ve all enjoyed the most inspiring, uplifting, moving, and sometimes intentionally hilarious, performances under Carrie Tennant’s direction. Carrie brought together 2 very different youth choirs that existed at Coastal Sound, and worked diligently to create the cohesive group that audiences have grown to adore over the years. 
Under Carrie’s expert direction, the group has won numerous prestigious national awards and accolades, and has had the honour of representing Coastal Sound at national and international choral conferences. Carrie’s exceptional leadership and creative vision for what is possible for Youth Choirs, has left indelible imprints on all who have worked with her, and seen her directing. 
Coastal Sound’s founding artistic director, Donna Otto, says that she knew she’d spotted a gem in Carrie, when she was a young choral director at Maple Ridge Secondary! We are all so thankful that Donna encouraged Carrie to join the Coastal Sound family!
Carrie will be leaving Coastal Sound this month in order to focus on her new family and growing her Vancouver Youth Choir organization. 
We will miss Carrie tremendously, but are truly and deeply grateful for all she’s given us. 
Join us in thanking her, at the Indiekör concerts: June 9 Victoria & June 11 Vancouver.

We Live Here: Celebrating Coquitlam 125



Coquitlam BC, June 2, 2016 — Coastal Sound Music Academy Celebrates Coquitlam’s 125th Anniversary with We Live Here, Sunday, June 12th, 7:00 pm at Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam.


Celebrating the 125th anniversary of City of Coquitlam, Coastal Sound choirs tall to small examine where we live, our history and our hobbies, through the lens of choral music.


For Coastal Sound’s Artistic Director, Diana Clark, this concert is extra special. “I grew up in Coquitlam, in Ranch Park. In 45 years, I’ve watched this city grow up, from a ‘one strip-mall town’ to the bustling urban area that it is now. It’s been fun to reminisce with other Coquitlam residents, and to think about music that reflects this beautiful area that we call home.”


On weekends, Westwood Raceway— Canada’s first purpose-built road racing circuit— could always be heard from Clark’s childhood home. For this show, Clark has commissioned an arrangement of Little GTO by Ronnie and the Daytonas, to pay tribute to the track and it’s place in Coquitlam’s history.


Other special surprises include the world premieres of two new works, and a musical cameo performance by Coquitlam’s own Mayor Stewart! 


Coastal Sound’s adult choir, DeCoro will give a preview performance of a song commissioned and written by Coquitlam resident George Chung to celebrate Coquitlam’s 125th Anniversary.  This was funded by a grant provided by Spirit of Coquitlam and Coquitlam Foundation.


Choir Biography

The Coastal Sound Music Academy transforms lives and builds community through the pursuit of choral music excellence. From the 4-year-olds in the Sources song play program to the national award-winning Youth Choir to the DeCoro choir for adults, there is a place for singers of all ages to share a sense of spirit, artistry, heart and community. Whether they are singing for international conferences, Indie rock arrangements or traditional a cappella singing, Coastal Sound has gained a reputation for presenting artistic, entertaining and engaging performances.



We Live Here

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 7:00 pm

Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pintree Way, Coquitlam

Tickets: $20 Adults  $15 Seniors  $10 Children (12 and under)

Tickets online:    by phone: 604-927-6555 (Evergreen Culture Centre Box Office)


For more information or to request an interview:

Andrea Howorth 604-802-2440

National Award Winning INDIEKÖR has last run

National Award Winning  
 INDIEKÖR Show Has Its Last Run
Thursday, June 9th in Victoria + 
Saturday, June 11th in Vancouver
Vancouver, BC  – The Coastal Sound Youth Choir is pleased to announce the return of Indiekör for the fifth year in a row! Indiekör 2016 is set to take place in Victoria on Thursday, June 9th at Oak Bay United Church and at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on Saturday, June 11th. This will be the final year for the Indiekör concert series, so get your tickets soon as it’s sure to be a sell-out! Full show details are listed below.
Featuring 65 singers aged 14-22, and local indie mainstays The Salteens, Indiekör is an innovative cross-pollination of classical choral music and indie rock. This year’s show will feature music by: The Zolas, Vampire Weekend, The Shins, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and more! 
Indiekör is the brainchild of noted Vancouver choral conductor, Carrie Tennant. The show evolved out of Tennant’s desire to explore the artistry of popular music alongside the classical choral canon and after five years of creating this event, it seems to be getting its due. The show has received much critical acclaim and accolades over the years and Tennant and the Coastal Sound Youth Choir recently received the National Choral Award for Outstanding Innovation for their work on the Indiekör shows. 2016 will be the last year for this groundbreaking concert series and the choir is planning to end things on a high note! 
 “This is our fifth and final year of Indiekör,” explains Tennant. “We have met the most amazing people and had the most phenomenal experiences working on this show together, and we definitely plan to go out with a bang!”
Indiekör 2016 is a show you don’t want to miss! Join the Coastal Sound Youth Choir for Indiekör 2016 with special guests The Salteens on Thursday, June 9th in Victoria and Saturday, June 11th in Vancouver. Tickets are on sale now at: (Victoria) & (Vancouver).
Coastal Sound Youth Choir presents:
INDIEKÖR w/ guests The Salteens – Live in Victoria
When: Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Where: Oak Bay United Church (1355 Mitchell Street)
Doors: 6:30PM // Show: 7:00PM
Tickets: $15 Adults // $12 Students // $5 Children Under 12, Available at

Coastal Sound Youth Choir presents:
INDIEKÖR w/ guests The Salteens – Live in Vancouver
When: Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Where: Vogue Theatre (918 Granville Street)
Doors: 6:30PM // Show: 7:30PM
Tickets: $24.50 Adults // $18.50 Students // $13 Children Under 12, Available at
Twitter: @CoastalSound
“Indiekör is one of those beautiful nights where music pulls deep on your heartstrings and you are left feeling overly elated…” - VIES Magazine
“Loved it…”  - Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)
“Seriously rad…”  - Hey Ocean  
“We are a bit teary-eyed here at Belle and Sebastian headquarters…”  - Belle and Sebastian

CLICK HERE for video about Indiekör
WATCH/POST Indiekör 2015 // Stars - ‘Your Ex Lover Is Dead’  
WATCH/POST Indiekör 2015 // Dan Mangan – ‘Robots’ 
WATCH/POST Indiekör 2015 // The New Pornographers – ‘Letter From An Occupant’
CLICK HERE for high-res photos and Indiekör 2016 poster.
The Coastal Sound Youth Choir is known for passionate and imaginative performances. The choir, which won the Canadian Competition for Amateur Choirs in 2013, is made up of 65 young people aged 14-22 from municipalities across Metro Vancouver. They are part of Coastal Sound Music Academy. Click here for an informative video on the Coastal Sound Youth Choir.
Jen Fritz | Fritz Media
Phone: 604-626-7045