British Columbia Boys Choir

Our Story

The Choir

The British Columbia Boys Choir is a four-part secular boys choir, one of the few in North America. Over its 51-year history the Choir has trained over 1000 members who have represented Canada on 35 international tours, performing a demanding repertoire spanning centuries, from Gregorian chant to contemporary works.

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North Vancouver Boys Choir

Inspiring Excellence

Our History

Founded in 1968, the British Columbia Boys Choir has had four artistic directors: Founder Donald Forbes, Gerald van Wyck, Tony Araujo, and currently Edette Gagné. Under their direction the Choir represented British Columbia and Canada around the globe as singing ambassadors in the Netherlands, the United States, Europe, the Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and China.

This is our passion

In addition to frequent radio and tele­­vision appearances, the Choir has made over 20 record­ings and a one-hour documentary film, “Summer Song,” profiling the Choir’s 10th tour to The Netherlands and has been viewed on television around the world. The Choir currently has four CDs on the market: Live from Europe (July 2016); If My Voice Had Wings, Home and Spirit . In 2014, to celebrate the Choir’s 45th Anniversary, a book entitled “A Song to Remember” was published by Reikos International.


The Choir has had many special honours including singing on Parliament Hill on Canada Day in 2014 that was broadcast on TV across Canada; singing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when she dropped the puck at the Canuck’s Game in Vancouver; Opening GM Place and the Vancouver Library, special TV appearances around the globe and being the ONLY Canadian children’s choir to be booked by professional con­cert promoters for concert series in theatres across Canada and the USA for the past two decades. The BCBC has had the privilege to be the only Boys Choir invited to perform in the Van Man Choral Summit showcasing male choirs in the Pacific Northwest region for the last three years.

Build a life-long friendship through Music

Edette Gagné
Edette Gagné

Meet Our Artistic Director

Edette Gagné

A charismatic and dynamic conductor, Edette Gagné is the Artistic Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, Artistic Director of the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, and the Choir Director for Kids Sing Chorus, having just concluded a nine-year tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Coast Symphony Orchestra. Edette is also a regular Stage Director and Conductor for The North Shore Light Opera Society, and volunteers with the VWMS, where she supports emerging professional musicians in her position as President.

Edette’s Website:

Edette Gagné


"I wouldn't have missed the ride for anything!"

Contact Us

Rehearsal Location: Highland United Church 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 2P1