Chances are you or someone you know is a chorister. If you consider every elementary school choir, church choir, community choir and show choir in the country, you begin to realize that the numbers must be in the thousands. What is it about people singing together that enriches the heart and enhances the soul?

Choirs in Canada

Canada is filled with choirs: from those in schools and churches to community centres and performance halls. (CBC)

"People look for choirs for different reasons. It so happens that choirs are there to respond to those needs," Welsh-born Iwan Edwards told CBC's Michael Enright.

Edwards is a Grammy and Juno-winner who has served as chorus master for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, taught at McGill University and founded multiple choirs. A member of the Order of Canada and winner of the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal, he is one of the most respected choral conductors in the country.

"It meets an emotional need, an intellectual need, a physical need, in a sense, a community need. Once you start to put all these things together, at that point you’ve got a very special situation."

Follow the link to explore The Sunday Edition's broad look at choral singing in Canada, profiling choral conductor Edwards and four choir groups across the country.