(April 20 - Charlottetown) As we honour Canada 150, Charlottetown, the Birthplace of Confederation, is getting ready for an “epic” day-long Music Monday celebration – “Music Monday In The Street.” Monday, May 1 there will be clinics, concerts, artwork created in response to music, multi-cultural presentations, and showcase performances. A march is planned up Great George Street to Province House. Throughout the day, you will hear Aboriginal, jazz, folk, classical, Celtic, Acadian, Chinese, sacred, and rock music, featuring a string orchestra, mass choir, concert bands, a brass band, rock bands, jazz bands, instrument and vocal soloists, organ, a ukulele group, primary school Orff ensemble, and choirs.
Alexander Shelley, Music Director with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) will conduct the Singing Strings and a mass choir of more than 400 school children, as they perform the Music Monday Anthem, Sing It Together. On tour, with a performance that night at the Confederation Centre, some NACO musicians will also lead student clinics.
Coalition for Music Education in Canada Board Member Don Quarles says “this is 4th year I have been on the island and fortunate enough to help produce a Music Monday event here, along with some fantastic volunteer educators and supporters without whom, the event would not happen."
Join in the Music Monday celebrations throughout Charlottetown and Sing It Together in support of music education at the following events, with more to be announced.
12:45pm: Parade from Peakes Quay to Province House lead by piper, James McHattie, from the College of Piping Celtic Performing Arts.
1:00pm - 1:10pm: Opening Ceremony - Province House.
10:45am - 11:55am Morning workshops: Includes workshops with members of National Arts Centre Orchestra, and local clinicians inspiring students (strings, brass, woodwinds) at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels.
1:30pm @ Trinity United Church - 220 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1J5:
Singing Strings conducted by NACO conductors, Alexander Shelley and Natalie Williams Calhoun; mass choir of students representing eleven Island schools; violin soloist, James Ehnes; Harmonia Girls Chorus; WarHorse (Tian Wigmore); and more!
1:30pm @ Murphy’s Community Centre - 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown PE C1A 1J2: Stonepark Concert Bands; Summerside Intermediate Show Bands; MRHS Choir; Stonepark Glee Club; Tignish Ukulele Group; Queen Charlotte Gr. 9 Improv Band; Westwood Adventure Group; and Stratford Elementary Rock Band.
3:00pm @ St. Paul’s Anglican Church - 101 Prince St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4R5:
Multicultural Concert: French Acadian Group; Syrian Youth Band; Celtic harp; Chinese Traditional music; Step-dancing; “Here comes Treble” female chorus.
5:00pm @ Trinity United Church: Great George Street Brass Band; 2nd Chances Band; and PEI Regiment Band.
5:30pm @ St. Dunstan's Basilica - 65 Great George St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4K1:
Teachers and Friends in Harmony Choir; Organ Recital; Community Hymn Sing.
7:00pm - 9:00pm: Receiver Coffee - 128 Richmond St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1H7
Open Mic for high school students to share own compositions/covers.
Focusing on the power of voices, Sing It Together asks us to sing for joy, for truth, for healing and for freedom. The recording and video feature Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, indigenous drumming, and children’s choirs in celebration of Canadian musical heritages. Creating Sing It Together was a journey of discovery and the songwriters encourage music makers to continue this discovery where music lives in their schools and communities. “Music is the landscape of Canada,” explains Marc Jordan, “we hope it will be a song that illuminates the mosaic of music and cultures that thrive in every corner of the country.”
Sing It Together was recorded at Canterbury Music and includes highly-respected, experienced Canadian musicians. It also features Youth4Music musicians and advocates who are part of a national network of youth leaders. Youth4Music promotes the importance of learning, creating, making and valuing music in Canada. Visitors to the Music Monday website (www.musicmonday.ca) can view the video of the original recording of Sing It Together, download music and lyrics, and register to add their voice in the annual celebration.
Those wishing to participate in Music Monday 2017 are invited to visit www.musicmonday.ca for more information and to find ways to get involved, such as learning Sing It Together to join in the nationwide sing-along, creating a school or community event, or submitting a video to be included in the nationwide #MMC2C2C webcast on Music Monday.
Music Monday is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada, TD Bank Group, and the NAMM Foundation as well as Titanium level support from Yamaha Canada Music Inc.,Long and McQuade and all of our partner organizations. For a full list of sponsors please
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ABOUT MUSIC MONDAY
Music Monday is a signature program of the Coalition for Music Education. It is Canada’s nationwide celebration of the power of music in our lives, especially our schools. Music Monday is the only national celebration of music education that actively engages children and youth in their schools and communities. The first Monday in May (this year, May 1, 2017) music makers of all generations and genres gather in their schools and communities to make music, and at the same time during the day we join with one voice, by singing the official Music Monday anthem or a simultaneous nation-wide sing-along.
Youth4Music is a network of youth who are passionate about music in their lives – learning, appreciating, creating and making music. Youth4Music provides a platform for youth voices, and leadership opportunities for youth to make a difference for music in their schools and communities. The program is “for youth – by youth – through music.” More info: Youth4Music.ca
ABOUT THE COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION
Music Monday is an annual initiative of The Coalition for Music Education, an organization made up of parents, students, educators, and business people from varying walks of life who support school music programs and highlight the importance of music education for all young people in Canada. More info: www.musicmakesus.ca.
ABOUT CANADIAN HERITAGE FUNDING
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $80,000 to The Coalition for Music Education for Youth4Music through the Youth Take Charge program (Canada.ca/youth-take-charge) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This project allows more than 300,000 young people aged 7 to 30 from across Canada to take part in music-related events in 2017–2018. By supporting youth engagement through music, the Government of Canada provides opportunities for young Canadians to become involved in a range of activities designed to strengthen their attachment to Canada through active commitment in their communities.
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