A cappella Show – Countermeasure

CountermeasureAward-winning a cappella that will bring you to your feet! Countermeasure has won worldwide acclaim and sold-out houses in the UK, Canada and US with their sophisticated arrangements, seamless harmonies, lively performances and infectious energy. Their dramatically choreographed show, where every song tells a story, has received standing ovations worldwide. Featuring 14 of Canada’s top harmony singers, their genre-defying contemporary sound takes a cappella to the next level.  Their new video of an original song, “Life is Fine”, from their latest album release, “Made to Measure”, has 212,000 YouTube views.

Formed in 2010, Countermeasure is led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen. The group performs original compositions and re-imagined standards by the likes of Cole Porter to the Beatles, with a strong accent on pop and jazz arrangements. It’s a cappella singing at its best, incorporating innovative live looping, vocal percussion, and instrument sounds made by the voice. Their musical aesthetic is sufficiently eclectic for the group to headline international contemporary choral concerts, play the main stage at jazz festivals, coerce club-goers onto dance floors and collaborate in esoteric interdisciplinary art projects. They have shared stages with everyone from Naturally 7 and The Swingle Singers to Corey Hart and Blue Rodeo. They have won multiple awards from Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, include Best CAL Album, best video, and for songwriting.

There is nothing as exciting or as exhilarating as watching dynamic singers in motion and listening to voices create ALL of the sounds, from drums to guitars and trombones, in full harmony.

Countermeasure 2Testimonials

“You guys sound awesome!” - Tyler Stewart, Drummer for the Barenaked Ladies

“Insanely talented, awesome and dynamic, infectious!”
- Skylar Astin, star of THE Pitch Perfect movies

“A stunning hour of world-class a cappella music.  If singing at the Edinburgh Fringe were an Olympic sport, Countermeasure would be a hands-down gold medal winner.” - FringeReview.ca

“55 minutes of pure gold! If there was more than a five star rating, I would give it to these guys as they are literally superb!” - East Coast 107.6 FM Scotland

“Countermeasure was a unique and entertaining show that had the sold-out audience on their feet for a standing ovation. Would love to have them back to Blue Frog soon.” – Blue Frog Studios, Vancouver

Countermeasure 3“Countermeasure delivered a remarkable show at Friday Night Live!  The all-ages crowd loved the energy, the creativity, and the truly unique approach to a cappella.  And, on top of that, the group are fun, charming, playful and authentic people!  All together, totally delightful!” - Shauna Grinke, Co-producer, Friday Night Live @ Lynn Valley United Church, Vancouver

“I have seen 100s of a cappella shows but what these Canadians are doing here at #LACF2015 is unheard of. What a joy and a pleasure. You nail those speeches, you sing so beautifully, & you know how to put on a show.” – Florian Statdler, VocalBlog, Germany

“The leading a cappella chorus out of Toronto” - Washington Examiner

“Toronto-based Countermeasure….complete with a tight, bright sound and animated choreography”
- Baltimore Sun

Countermeasure 4“Countermeasure delighted our audiences with their stellar harmonies and innovative style. Their participation and collaboration in our festival was a big hit!” - Stephanie Chaiken, Interim Director, Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts Ramapo College of New Jersey

“Their performance was simply OUTSTANDING and had so many people raving about them after the show.” - Rick Muller, Co-Executive Producer of “It’s Always Something” Gala

“It was a pleasure to have Countermeasure. Countermeasure performed beautiful vocal arrangements and the crowd loved them. They were a terrific asset to our stage. Thank you for bringing such a talented group of singers. Our audience loved every minute of it!” - Julie Christian, Program Coordinator, Beaches International Jazz Festival

“Countermeasure offers a distinctive fresh voice in the Canadian choral scene” - Danforth Centre Town News

Countermeasure 5“This wonderful vocal band does so much more than just a cappella music. It is rhythmic, it is harmonious; they fill every beat of every measure with something interesting and tasty.” - Renowned tenor Mark Masri

“Countermeasure, from Toronto , Canada, is one of the hottest new vocal groups” - The Annapolis Patch

“An amazing group. Utterly remarkable!” - Lt. Governor, the Honourable David C. Onley

“With their fresh & innovative approach, brilliant arrangements & exciting performances, the future is bright for this inventive group.” - Paul Ryan, President, Limelight Management Inc., Manager of the Nylons

Song List

Jazz
There Will Never Be Another You
Experiment
Life Is Fine

Pop
Best of My Love
Some Nights
500 Miles
I Got You Under My Skin
Signed Sealed Delivered
I Saw Her Standing There
Something
Lovers in a Dangerous Time
The Weight
Hobocabana (take on Copacabana
Takin’ It Home
Never Been Better
I can Do Anything
You Can Call Me Al

Choral
This Moment Now
Fox in the Field
London Bells
Aubade

Holiday
Wonderful Christmastime
The 12 Days of Christmas
Three Ships
The First Noel
Sleigh Ride
Let It Snow
Cool Yule
Chestnuts Roasting
Carol of the Bells
Jingle Bells Rock
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Other
Train The A Take (Take on Take the A Train)
O Canada
The Star-Spangled Banner
Something to Sing About
Maple Leaf Forever
SING!

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