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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Honouring Youth for Music leadership and Phil Nimmons, Music Makes Us - The Coalition for Music Education in Canada is launching a Youth for Music Network as part of its Wise Voices for Music program

Youth for Music Network -  Music Makes Us - The Coalition for Music Education in Canada is launching a Youth for Music Network as part of its Wise Voices for Musicprogram.  Youth for Music Network will provide youth with leadership opportunities to strengthen music education in their schools and communities, and it will give a platform for their voice about the importance of music in their lives.

On June 1st, the Youth for Music Network will kick off with a fun-raiser event at the Jazz Bistro with a special tribute to Canada's oldest working jazz music educator - Phil Nimmons, OC, OOnt.  A well-known music educator, Nimmons has inspired thousands of young people through his teaching, composing and performing.  The event will celebrate the link between learning music and jazz audiences, educators and musicians.

Funds raised from this event will support the Youth for Music network, especially youth leadership awards, including "NUFSICISUM" (read backwards), a special award in honour of Phil Nimmons.  The NUFSICISUM awards will go to youth leaders who make a difference for their school music programs.   

The Jazz Bistro event will showcase Nimmons' original compositions, and include performances from:
  • David Braid, two-time Juno award winning jazz pianist;
  • Heather Bambrick, singer/broadcaster, winner of the National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year and Broadcaster of the Year;
  • Myriad3:  Chris Donnelly, Daniel Fortin and Ernesto Cervini
  • The W Jazz Collective comprising Tara Kannangara (trumpet), Tara Davidson(alto sax), Shannon Graham (tenor sax), Heather Segger (trombone), Hannah Barstow (piano), Gabriella Ciurcovich (bass), Laura Swankey (voice) andRobin Claxton (drums);
  • Sean Nimmons-Paterson, pianist, composer, producer, graduate of Humber College Jazz Studies program and Masters in Music at University of Toronto;
  • Emily Steinwall, saxophonist, former member of the JazzFM Youth Big Band, currently studying Music Performance at Humber College and
  • A special musical conversation with Phil Nimmons and David Braid.

Music starts at 7 p.m. (two sets).
Tickets - $100 donation to The Coalition for Music Education (tax receipt to be provided). Includes music and selected Jazz Bistro food samplers.

To purchase tickets, go to
For more information, contact or (416) 298-2871

Youth for Music network is a new 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

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