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Founded in 1999 by artistic director Heather Johnson, Cantilon Choirs has gained an international reputation for their high-calibre musical sound and professional approach.

Founded in 1999 by artistic director Heather Johnson, Cantilon Choirs has gained an international reputation for their high-calibre musical sound and professional approach.

Once again the angelic soaring strains of 165 voices highlights Welcome Yule, their annual Christmas concert held at the Winspear Centre tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18.75 to $21.75. Call 780-420-1757 or visit www.tixonthesquare.ca.

The CHICKAdivas’ annual Christmas concert is known almost as much for passing around mulled cider and baked goods as for the elegant a cappella melodies.

The fivesome’s A Swinging Concert and Christmas Market has added a new dimension this year – a market ambiance that includes a variety of vendors.

The Chicks are trying to replicate the old German Christmas market atmosphere with vendors selling fair-trade jewellery, handbags, cosmetics, Nepalese handcrafts and interior decorations.

Rounding out the ensemble is Dena Epp (alto), Marion McFall (mezzo-soprano), Rebecca Patterson (soprano) and St. Albert’s own Bartha Hartman-Stehelin (alto).

The Chicks also continue their tradition of collecting donations for charity. This year they are supporting Second Chance Animal Rescue Society, a volunteer rescue organization that provides foster homes for abandoned dogs and cats awaiting adoption. Information is available at www.scarscare.org.

The concert takes place tonight at Queen Alexandra Hall, 10425 University Ave. The market opens at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $23. Call 420-1757 or visit www.tixonthesquare.ca or at the door.

USS a.k.a. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker is revving up their engines at The Taphouse tonight at 10 p.m.

The duo, composed of Ash Buchholz and Jason Parsons, is a mix of drums, bass beats, grunge-like guitar riffs and two-step rhythms. Hit songs include Laces Out and Hollow Point Sniper Hyperbole, heard frequently on local radio.

Buchholz was quoted as saying, “It’s like Nirvana unplugged but there’s a drum and bass party and glow sticks all around you.”

Also featured is DJ Pump from Calgary, a hip-hop, funk and soul aficionado. Cover charge is $10. The Taphouse is on 9020 McKenney Ave.