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School or Affiliation: York University
Brampton,
CANADA

Wibi

Wibi is an innovative and eclectic contemporary a cappella ensemble that began in 1988 in Winters College at York University. For the past twenty-one years, this student-run group has reveled in exploring a broad range of musical styles that include jazz, pop, funk, gospel and world music.

Over the years, Wibi has become a vital showcase for student arrangements and compositions. The group's tailor-made repertoire is arranged almost exclusively by its members. While choir membership is not restricted to music students and represents many other disciplines, several alumni have gone on to pursue professional musical careers with such artists and groups as Bruce Cockburn, Ashley MacIsaac, Cadence, Hampton Avenue, The Swingle Singers and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

Wibi has traditionally maintained a strong educational mandate. They have performed and given clinics and workshops at schools in the Toronto area, and as far away as Windsor and Ottawa. Throughout their career, Wibi has earned recognition through sold-out concerts, national festivals, radio features, and television appearances. In 2001, the choir represented Canada at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in Boston. In 2006 Wibi took home 3 awards from the ICCA North East competition held in Montreal. One of the awards included “best arrangement” for a cover of Ben Folds’ song “Underground” which consequently led to Wibi opening for the platinum artist during his 2009 Toronto appearance.

In addition to these live performances, Wibi has several recordings to its credit. One of their CDs, 'Going Places', was chosen from amongst hundreds of submissions by North American collegiate groups for inclusion in the 'Best of Collegiate A Cappella' compilation CD, the first Canadian group to be selected. Wibi's most recent CD is entitled '20/20 Hearing' was released in the spring of 2006.

Although the members of Wibi change from year to year, their motivation remains the same: a love of and dedication to a cappella music, and the desire to share with others the twenty-one year tradition of exceptional vocal performance and music education.

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