Ellie Taggart | 11 September 2019

Have you ever wanted to perform on stage but didn’t want to go it alone? You’re the voice that the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers choir is looking for.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is searching for 800 singers ready to rock out in Queens Park as a part of their first all abilities choir program introduced to the carnival. Yes, you read that correctly. This choir welcomes both beginners and pros to ensure that Toowoomba is represented in one incredible performance to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ten-day carnival. There is no age limit, so feel free to sign up regardless if you are 14 or 94.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers organisers will have their hands full with organising the choir before their opening weekend performance on Sunday, September 22. The performance will feature at the carnival’s Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine where the carnival choir participants will become an opening act for Australian legend, John Farnham (And isn’t that the most incredible story to tell?).

What’s the line-up for the choir, we hear you ask? This year they have stuck with 80’s rock anthems as the theme and have delivered two of the best choir songs (or at least we think so!) for you to belt out.

The first announcement: Jimmy Barnes’ 1985 classic, ‘Working Class Man’. This successful song, which closed the 2000 Sydney Olympics will begin the choir’s set-list at the festival (we can’t wait to see it).

Are you praying your favourite song made the final cut?

You don’t need to live on a prayer anymore as the final song is none other than Bon Jovi’s powerhouse ballad ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ (finger’s crossed for big hair as well). The audience will be able to see their friends and family members belt the number one led by musician, entertainer, host and Toowoomba local, Ruby Slipperz.

Before the choir performance, you can boogie along to Cheap Fakes and support the Brisbane band as well as tear up the dance floor with Australian-favourite Dragon (We hope for their sake it doesn’t 'Rain' but we sure do hope they play the song).

This year the carnival is set to be even bigger than last year with 77 events, across 1,100 hectares of parks, private gardens, and pubs. The event features an impressive 180,000 bulbs of flowers for you to marvel at, as well as food and drink stalls, live music acts, and tours for you to enjoy. And we can’t recommend the Grand Central Floral Parade enough.

In the meantime, if you want to prep for the performance, there will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, September 18. It’s free to sign up as a part of the choir and all you need is a ticket to attend the festival which guarantees you the best spot to see some of the best performance before you do.

Are your vocal cords buzzing to join? Ours sure are! Grab your karaoke group and get them to sign up for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers choir as spots are quickly filling up.

Registration for the choir is available here and tickets to the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine can be purchased here.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
When: Friday, September 20- Sunday, September 29
Find more program details here.

About the author


A lover of 80s films, pun enthusiast and a proud owner of too many books, Ellie Taggart loves to find a good story wherever she can. She spends her time consuming film, television and all things pop culture and has a weakness for Linda McCartney’s Cheese and Leek Plaits. She knows the Dangerfield catalogue off by heart and has one too many silly anecdotes about her life. And once you get her started on them who knows where you’ll end up.


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