There are probably quite a few groups in the Sault Ste. Marie area that have members on both sides of the river. One of them is the Northland Barbershop Chorus — a group of singers based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Most of the approximately 50 members are Canadian, but there are currently eight of us from the Michigan side of the river. Our rehearsals and most of our performances are in Sault, Ontario, so I probably cross the bridge over 50 times a year. I love singing, but I’m not sure I’d want to take that many ferry rides!
Since we perform several times a year in Sault, Michigan, the Canadian members are no strangers to the bridge either. So when Bob Shami, our director, designed a logo for our chorus a few years ago, the double arch of the bridge was a prominent part of it — a perfect icon of the international nature of our group and the cross-border friendships within it. And during the Annual Bridgewalk on the 40th anniversary of the bridge, a quartet from our group sang both national anthems while standing precisely at the border on the bridge — the Michigan guys in Canada and the Ontario guys in the U.S. That’s international harmony!