Chris Tanaka-Mann – Tenor

Chris has been singing before audiences from the age of seven, and sang with choirs every year since then. He learned most of what he knows about music and singing at St. Michael’s Choir School, though he only attended for three years. He continued to pursue his own learning through various musical opportunities, including a band called Safe, Then Sorry which he continues to play with on occasion.

Chris was introduced to the Barbershop Harmony Society in January 2013, joining the Simcoe Gentlemen of Harmony. He couldn’t continue attending the chorus when he moved home to Toronto later that year, but he was directed to the Toronto Northern Lights by fellow barbershoppers and, after a successful audition, became a member in June 2013. Within the new chorus he met lead Greg Mallett, who asked him a couple of months later to sing tenor in a quartet, and so Yonge Guns was formed.

As a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (Double Hon. English and Contemporary Studies w. Philosophy m.) and of the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education / University of Toronto (Intermediate / Senior, English and Philosophy), Chris is a certified Ontario secondary teacher. He currently works for Taddle Creek Montessori School, and intends to return to his studies to pursue his desire to teach music.

Chris is the baritone section leader of the Toronto Northern Lights. He works as a soloist and section leader with the choir of Armour Heights Presbyterian Church, and greatly enjoys working with Alexander Showcase Theatre on their productions!