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Welcome, Sylvie!

We are thrilled to welcome Sylvie Stojanovski to the Youth4Music team as our 2019 Summer Intern! Sylvie is a Toronto-based emerging artist, creative facilitator, and project manager who is passionate about building community through the arts, and advocating for arts education in Canada. Outside of her work with the Coalition, she loves attending concerts, festivals, and jam sessions in the city to experience the magic of music-making first-hand. Currently, she is working towards a BA with a specialist in Arts Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Youth4Music Survey

We want to hear from you! Help us shape the Youth4Music Program by adding your voice to the Youth4Music Poll. The Youth4Music team is committed to delivering meaningful and relevant programming, and this short survey will help us gather important data about the types of projects and social media content that appeals to youth across Canada.

Where Are They Now?

We’ve been lucky enough to meet and hear many talented young musicians at our 2019 Youth4Music events. Here’s what they’ve been up to lately:

Celia and Annie Sirioupoulos of Caardia and Ariyena Sorani of Blue Opaline, who were a part of the Toronto Leadership Symposium, are presenting the second annual Youth Jam Toronto on June 22 at Christie Pits. Check out @youthjamtoronto on Instagram for the full line-up!

Ben Heffernan and Sarina Haggarty, the fabulous musicians from our London event, have been making music at home in London and beyond. You can catch Ben this summer at the Wildflowers Farm Summer Solstice Festival and the Home County Music & Art Festival, and if you’re in the London area you’ll have ample opportunity to take in one of Sarina’s upcoming summer shows.

And last but not least, Youth4Music Ambassador and former Coalition summer student Erez Zobary has recorded a new album entitled July Clouds. If you’re in Toronto on July 16, check out the July Clouds Album Release Show at Supermarket. Erez is a recent graduate of Queen’s University’s Faculty of Education in Kingston, where she regularly played to sold out crowds - be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late!

Coalition News

Thank you for your support!

The Coalition would like to thank everyone who donated to our Music Monday fundraising campaign. Your donations will help us to produce new advocacy materials, thereby adding your voice to the chorus of Canadians who believe in the value of music education. If you missed the campaign, it’s not too late to support the Coalition! Starting on June 1st, your donation can help us to win big!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back for its fifth year. This June, every $1 donated via and automatically enters the Coalition for a chance to WIN $10,000! Learn more here!

In Your Backyard

Make Music Day

On June 21, join the worldwide celebration of music known as Make Music Day! This event began in France in 1982, and is now held annually in over 1000 cities around the world. Make Music Day is not a typical music festival - it’s open to anyone who wants to participate and is completely free and open to the public. If you’re in the Toronto area, stop by the Make Music Day Ontario event at the University of Toronto Scarborough, hosted by students of Coalition Board member Lynn Tucker.

Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival

Experience a weekend of performances, music, artistic workshops, and more at the Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival in Kelowna, BC. Register for music instruction in everything from hip-hop and songwriting to hand drum and rattle making, and take in performances by traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians over the two-day festival. The festival is open to people of all ages who are “connected to history, music, art, fashion or are curious about First Nations’ culture.” The Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival runs from July 6-7.

Calgary Stampede Showband

The iconic Calgary Stampede draws thousands of visitors from across the country every year for ten days of Western and agricultural events, food, shows, and the classic Stampede Rodeo. Music is also a big part of the Calgary Stampede, with daily performances from a variety of musicians, including the Calgary Stampede Showband. The Showband is made up of 160 local youth between the ages of 16-21, and between July 5-8 they’ll be competing against 20 other marching bands in the World Association of Marching Showbands’ 2019 World Championship, during Stampede 2019. The Calgary Stampede runs from July 5-14.

Happy Pride Month!

In honour of June being Pride Month, and the many Pride festivities taking place across Canada throughout the summer, we are shining the spotlight on two of the many distinguished LGBTQ2S musicians that call Canada home.

Jeremy Dutcher

If you haven’t heard Jeremy Dutcher’s Polaris Music Prize-winning Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa you’ve been missing out. Dutcher is a two-spirited Indigenous musician, composer, and classically-trained tenor originally from Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, a collection of new arrangements of traditional Wolostoq songs recorded by Dutcher’s ancestors on wax cylinders in the early 1900s. Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa went on to win the 2019 Juno for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. You can learn more about Jeremy Dutcher and his perspective on being a two-spirited Indigenous artist in this interview with Muskrat Magazine.

Queer Songbook Orchestra

The Queer Songbook Orchestra is a 12-piece “chamber pop ensemble dedicated to exploring and uplifting queer narrative in pop music.” Based in Toronto, the QSO started out in 2014 and have since performed at festivals across the country, collaborating with a diverse group of guest performers and storytellers along the way. Click here for a list of upcoming summer shows.

See you in September!

The Youth4Music Newsletter will be on hiatus until September. You can still connect with us on Instagram and Twitter, or drop us a line at to let us know about the latest music news from your part of the country. Thank you for reading! We wish you a happy, healthy, and musical summer!

Thank you • Merci • Miigwech • kinana'skomitina'wa'w

We are able to do all of this awesome work because of the support from many groups. For a full listing of this support go to Coalition, Youth4Music and Music Monday

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