Today, MusiCounts, was joined by JUNO Award-winning band Hedley,for a special celebration of the 2016-2017 MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients funded by The Slaight Family Foundation. Queen Alexandra Middle School in Toronto hosted the festivities, where Hedley surprised students with $10,000 worth of new instruments for the school’s music program and took part in special workshops with the music class. Hedley then took the stage for a surprise performance in honour of The Slaight Family Foundation‘s ongoing support of MusiCounts.
“With the Slaight Family Foundation’s continued support of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, MusiCounts is able to put more instruments into Ontario schools,” said Kristy Fletcher, Director, MusiCounts. “We are thrilled to celebrate with Hedley and the Slaight Family Foundation today and the result is that children at these schools will benefit from access to music for years to come.”
“The Slaight Family starting with my father Allan have always appreciated the benefits music education provides young minds,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of The Slaight Family Foundation. “We are extremely proud to support Musicounts Band Aid Program and it’s initiative to put much needed musical instruments into school music programs.”
After unveiling $10,000 worth of new instruments and participating in intimate music workshops with students, multi-platinum JUNO Award-winners, Hedley, showed their support for the importance of music education. The Vancouver-based band commemorated the occasion with an acoustic performance of several hit songs, ahead of their forthcoming album CAGELESS, out September 29.
“This has been such a memorable experience and we are so happy to have been a part of it. It’s rewarding for us as musicians to be able to give these students new instruments through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. Music has the ability to enhance a young person’s mind and inspire their creativity,” said Hedley frontman, Jacob Hoggard.
Accomplished music artist and Canadian media personality Kim Stockwood, was the event’s host and highlighted MusiCounts’ ongoing commitment to making music accessible to Canadian youth. David Krygier-Baum, Queen Alexandra Middle School‘s music teacher, spoke about the school’s music program and led students in a performance for the delighted auditorium. Three additional Toronto area schools were also in attendance, having received instruments through The Slaight Family Foundation‘s generous support of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.
2016-2017 The Slaight Family Foundation MusiCounts Band Aid Program Recipient Schools
Alpha Alternative Junior School, Toronto, ON
Baibombeh Alternative School, Pawitik, Ontario
James Culnan Catholic Elementary School, Toronto, ON
Queen Alexandra Middle School, Toronto, ON
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School, Rexdale, ON
St. Mary Catholic Academy, Toronto, ON
Schools who would like to apply for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program to receive instruments for their school music program should visit musicounts.ca for more details.