February 18, 2014, Toronto, ON – Canadians representing every region of the country are making plans to emphasize the importance of music education. A platform promoting the lasting academic and social benefits of music education, Music Monday has touched the lives of millions of students and teachers across Canada who take their music programs outdoors and into their communities to perform the same song on the same day, at the same time, uniting the entire country in song.
On Monday, May 5th Music Monday celebrates its 10th anniversary with a live webcast linking simultaneous events across the country; ending with synchronized nationwide performances of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
“Since we launched in 2005, Music Monday has created a forum through which we raise our voices to celebrate and advocate for the importance of music in our lives. Last year, with the help of Commander Chris Hadfield, Music Monday demonstrated how we could connect with space and this year we will focus our celebrations on how we connect more with each other across our great nation,” said Holly Nimmons, Executive Director, Coalition for Music Education. “We’re thrilled to mark the program’s 10th anniversary with a series of events designed to showcase how music programs unite us, shape young lives and contribute to the cultural vitality of Canada.”
The live webcast will focus on special events in 10 cities across Canada, representing music education from each region. This live showcase will include performances by school groups and local musicians, to messages from prominent Canadian musicians, politicians and leaders, and inspiration and encouragement from local youth, parents and industry advocates. “Music truly brings people together from all ages and all backgrounds, and at TD we are committed to supporting access to music and the arts, which also includes a strong focus on musical education,” said Chris Stamper, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, TD Bank Group. “We’re excited to be a part of this special experience, helping to bring communities and people together to discover, celebrate, and share the love of music.”
* The live webcast will take place between 12 – 1pm ET on Monday, May 5, 2014 and can be accessed at
*Events will be taking place in cities including: St. John’s NL; Halifax NS; Charlottetown, PEI; Toronto, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Edmonton, AB; Vancouver, BC; Whitehorse, YT; Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; and moren
*At 12:50 p.m., the webcast will conclude with a synchronous nationwide performance of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with Chris Hadfield live from Edmonton, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey at the TELUS World of Science in Vancouver.
*The song is available on the Music Monday web site www.musicmonday.ca in several arrangements and languages, including Cree, Inuktitut, Ojibway, French, Gaelic, Dutch, French, and American Sign Language.
Video conferencing and webcast technology are being provided by The Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education) and Memorial University’s Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (www.delts.mun.ca).
The Coalition for Music Education is inviting Canadians to get involved and lend their voice to raise awareness about the connections between music education and its influence on Canadian success. The 10th Anniversary program will recognize this participation with a special on-line contest which offers Music Monday participants an opportunity to win a Skype chat with Commander Chris Hadfield, and earn a chance to be part of the live webcast. For more information about Music Monday, about more prize opportunities and to register an event, please visit www.musicmonday.ca.
I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) was written by former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut and musician Col. Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson and commissioned by The Coalition for Music Education and CBCMusic.ca in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.Music Monday 2014 is made possible with the generous support of TD Bank Group and The NAMM Foundation, as well as Titanium level support from Yamaha Canada Music Inc. and Long and McQuade and all of our partners.
ABOUT MUSIC MONDAY
Launched in 2005, Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist. In 2013, Music Monday extended its reach into space with I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) co-written by former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut and musician Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson, and commissioned by CBCMusic.ca and The Coalition for Music Education. More info: www.musicmonday.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 TD COMMUNITY GIVING
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2013, TD donated over $74.7 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.
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