Four Hamilton, Ontario-based companies have come together to create 25 custom guitars out of wood from a historic local building that will be sold to support An Instrument For Every Child, a key initiative of the Hamilton Music Collective (HMC).
Started in 2010, An Instrument for Every Child gets professional musicians to introduce music to young and often disadvantaged children to "enrich every child’s social, emotional and cognitive development" and "provide access to instruments and skilled instructors for children from all walks of life."
With Hamilton-based independent record company Sonic Unyon Records celebrating its 25th anniversary, the label that has released music from the likes of Pixies, Danko Jones, Thrush Hermit, Voivod, and Hayden has teamed with luthier Jay Jillard of Jillard Guitars to build 25 instruments. The collaboration is called the 99 James North Project.
The Hamilton connections run deeper, though. – Continue reading Aaron Brophy’s feature on the Samaritanmag website.