Maureen Washington returns to perform with the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir this holiday season. Photo by Wendy D Photography.
Maureen Washington returns to perform with the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir this holiday season. Photo by Wendy D Photography.

While there is definitely no shortage of events and activities during the holidays, there are a few Christmas traditions that are staples of the festive season in Vancouver. One such tradition is the annual concert from the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir, Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas

Here are five reasons why we think you should go:

1. Favourite holiday hits

The concert will feature a mix of audience and seasonal favourites in new arrangements, including a new rendition of “O Holy Night”, as well as returning classics such as the Staple Singers’ “Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas”, and an arrangement of “Joy To The World” made famous by Whitney Houston in the 1996 film The Preacher’s Wife.

2. Award-winning jazz headliner

After a sold-out premiere in 2017, jazz vocalist Maureen Washington returns to the Good Noise stage this year. Often compared to Etta James and Carmen McRae, Washington’s range of jazz, blues, swing, funk and R&B has earned her many accolades, including ‘Best Jazz and Soul Artist’ by the Black Canadian Awards.

3. 15th anniversary season

Under the helm of artistic director Gail Suderman, the Good Noise Gospel Choir celebrates its 15th anniversary season.

4. Iconic Vancouver venue

Surrounded by the iconic beauty of the Christ Church Cathedral and the festive holiday spirit of downtown Vancouver, this 90-voice choir brings to life the Christmas season.

5. Family-friendly sing-a-long

Bringing together family and friends from across Vancouver and beyond, the Christmas concert is about celebrating the joy of the holiday season with loved ones. And with four performances over the course of three days Good Tidings! is a family-friendly event that welcomes the young and young-at-heart to join in.

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St, Vancouver) on December 14 & 15, and at St. John’s Shaughnessy (490 Nanton Ave, Vancouver) on December 17. Visit goodnoisevgc.com for tickets and information.