Today MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, is celebrating a successful 2018 JUNO Week filled with numerous exciting events and initiatives. The week saw MusiCounts honour Canadian music icon Jim Cuddy, the 2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient Laura Lee Matthie and featured performances by the MusiCounts StarBand, MusiCounts TD Community Music Program recipients and special guests Dear Rouge, Scott Helman and The Beaches.
“MusiCounts was thrilled to be involved in many 2018 JUNO Week initiatives, and to have the opportunity to recognize our program recipients and supporters”, Said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “Thank you to everyone who attended and supported MusiCounts’ JUNO Week events”.
To kick off the opening of the TD Green Room on March 23, MusiCounts TD Community Music Program recipients, the Saint James Music Academy delighted guests with a special performance. They were then surprised with $20,000 in new instruments for the program. 2018 JUNO Award winners for Breakthrough Group The Beaches and JUNO Award nominee Scott Helman also took to the stage as part of the festivities. MusiCounts TD Music Program recipients, The BC Youth Chinese Orchestrathen joined multi-platinum JUNO nominee Shawn Hook, on stage during The JUNO Awards Broadcast for a rendition of his hit song “Reminding Me”. Visit www.cbc.ca to watch now.
The MusiCounts StarBand, comprised of over 65 students from seven Vancouver Area schools who had previously received instruments grants via the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, hit the stage on March 24 at Let’s Here It! LIVE. Led by Education Chair, 2018 JUNO Host Committee and 2013 Musicounts Teacher of the Year, Mark Reid, the students were joined by guest performers JUNO Award-winning band Dear Rouge.
At the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN, Jim Cuddy received the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. Cuddy was honoured for his profound support of MusiCounts and is the driving force behind the creation of JUNO Cup Presented By CBC Sports, which has raised over $850,000 to date for MusiCounts.
The 2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient Laura Lee Matthie from Orillia Secondary School was presented with her Award at the Chairman’s Reception Presented By Music Canada, experienced VIP treatment during JUNO Week, attended the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented By SOCAN and walked the red carpet at The JUNO Awards Broadcast.