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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Winspear celebrates Music Monday

May 1st, 2014 (Edmonton, AB) – On Monday, May 5th, voices across the country will unite for Music Monday, and the Winspear Centre will play an integral role in this year’s simultaneous musical event dedicated to emphasizing the importance of music education.

The Winspear Centre will be one of ten Canadian venues showcased in a special live streaming. As the auditorium of 1,400 children sing the national anthem, backed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO), the world will watch this celebration via the Music Monday site. The live streaming of O Canada will take place during one of the ESO’s sold-out education concerts, a series of performances that over 30,000 children annually attend.

Lucas Waldin, the ESO’s Enbridge Community Ambassador and Artist in Residence, will host the Music Monday segment alongside youth co-host Declan Baker. This year’s event, entitled “Filling the Skies with Music,” will continue to emphasize the need to protect and enhance quality music programs for every child in Canadian schools.

We invite media to attend Music Monday to document the event. Please contact Carmyn Effa for additional interview opportunities. Please RSVP by Saturday, May 3rd.

10:10am – media invited to arrive; please use east artist entrance and sign in with security
10:30am – ESO Education Concert begins
10:35-10:39am – Music Monday live at the Winspear – performance of O Canada
10:40am – Music Monday at the Winspear concludes and ESO Education Concert continues

Carmyn Joy Effa
Community Relations Coordinator
Winspear Centre | Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
(780) 401-2513 |

About the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
The ESO’s current roster includes 56 local and international musicians, performing repertoire ranging from classical masterworks to pops and children’s concerts. As one of Canada’s leading orchestral ensembles, it provides community enrichment to help raise Edmonton’s profile. This is the ESO’s 62nd season and the 9th year under the leadership of Music Director William Eddins.

To learn more, please visit

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 and The Coalition for Music Education. More info: Monday, May 5, Music Monday will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a live webcast linking simultaneous cross-Canada events in St. John's NL; Halifax Regional Municipality NS; Charlottetown, PEI; Toronto, ON; Edmonton, AB; Whitehorse, YT; Ottawa, ON; and Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC. The event concludes with a synchronized nationwide performance of I.S.S.

(Is Somebody Singing) with former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, led by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The live webcast will air between 12 - 1pm EDT on Monday, May 5, 2014 and can be accessed at

Since its inception in 2005, Canada's annual celebration of music education, Music Monday has touched the lives of millions of students and teachers across Canada who take their music programs into their communities to perform the same song on the same day, at the same time, uniting the entire country in song. Music Monday takes place on the first Monday May each year.

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