In Toronto on Wednesday, MusiCounts was joined by Hedley for a special celebration of the 2016-2017 MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients funded by The Slaight Family Foundation.
The event took place at Queen Alexandra Middle School, where Hedley surprised students with $10K worth of new instruments for the school's music program and participated in special workshops with the music class. The group then took the stage for an acoustic performance in honour of The Slaight Family Foundation's ongoing support of MusiCounts.
"With the Slaight Family Foundation's continued support of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, MusiCounts is able to put more instruments into Ontario schools," said Kristy Fletcher, Director, MusiCounts. "We are thrilled to celebrate with Hedley and the Slaight Family Foundation today and the result is that children at these schools will benefit from access to music for years to come."
Gary Slaight, President and CEO of The Slaight Family Foundation, stated that "the Slaight Family starting with my father Allan have always appreciated the benefits music education provides young minds. We are extremely proud to support the MusiCounts Band Aid Program and it's initiative to put much needed musical instruments into school music programs."
Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard explained that "it's rewarding for us as musicians to be able to give these students new instruments through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. Music has the ability to enhance a young person's mind and inspire their creativity."
Kim Stockwood hosted the event and highlighted MusiCounts' ongoing commitment to making music accessible to Canadian youth. David Krygier-Baum, Queen Alexandra Middle School's music teacher, spoke about the school's music program and led students in a performance.
Three additional Toronto area schools were also in attendance, having received instruments through The Slaight Family Foundation's generous support of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.
2016-2017 The Slaight Family Foundation MusiCounts Band Aid Program Recipient Schools
Alpha Alternative Junior School, Toronto, ON
Baibombeh Alternative School, Pawitik, Ontario
James Culnan Catholic Elementary School, Toronto, ON
Queen Alexandra Middle School, Toronto, ON
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School, Rexdale, ON
St. Mary Catholic Academy, Toronto, ON
Schools who would like to apply for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program to receive instruments for their school music program should visit musicounts.ca for more details.