Music Monday to take place in Montréal and Calgary

April 27, 2015

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To celebrate music education in Canada, Calgary and Montréal will champion this year’s Music Monday headline events on Monday, May 4, 2015.  The celebration will begin in Montréal at Place des Arts’ Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, featuring Music Monday Anthem Search winner Connor Ross signing his winning song, “We Are One/Nous Sommes Unis” before handing the mic to Calgary where a drumline and jazz band will pump up the crowd at the National Music Centre.

Several elementary and high schools from Calgary and across the country that are registered to participate in the celebrations will sing the Music Monday anthem “We Are One.”

“Hosting an event from Canada’s National Music Centre, an institution devoted to preserving and celebrating our nation’s musical heritage exemplifies Connor Ross’ poignant lyric, that we are indeed one. I couldn’t be more thrilled at how this exciting event is shaping up,” says Holly Nimmons, Executive Director of Coalition for Music Education.

President and CEO of the National Music Centre, Andrew Mosker says NMC is proud to be a part of this year’s celebrations: “At the National Music Centre we see the power of music everyday, and nothing is more touching than when that power is harnessed by children. We’re proud to support Music Monday and its incredible commitment to music education and a stronger Canada through it.”

Three-time ACMA Nominee, Amy Metcalfe, will be on hand to host the Calgary showcase from 10:00 to 11:00 am MST, featuring the nation’s premier marching band, The Calgary Stetson Show Band. Other performers include the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band, the Central Memorial High School Strings Ensemble, the Cranston School Choir, Cowpuncher, and a local band of teens called The Static Shift.

David Peretz-Larochelle of Youth4Music and singer/songwriter Connor Ross will host the Montreal showcase, broadcast live from 12:00 to 1:00pm EST from the Place des Arts. The event will feature performances by the McGill Chamber Orchestra, First Nation artists from N’We Jinan, the Alain Caron Quartet, the St. Thomas More School drumline, hip-hop music from The Lifeboat Project from Gerald McShane Elementary, children’s singer/songwriter Jennifer Gasoi, and students from Harold Napper Elementary School.

Music Monday Anthem “We Are One” – Connor Ross

Individuals and groups participating in Music Monday are also invited to share their creative spin on the new Music Monday anthem at musicmonday.ca/wearecreative. Resources include the “We Are One” lead sheet, various arrangements and translations and an instrumental backtrack. The video should be prefaced with a dedication to the person who cultivated the creator’s love and passion for music.  Creators can then share their video on YouTube using #MMWeAreOne to join the conversation.

16-year-old Connor Ross’ winning song “We Are One/Nous Sommes Unis” was picked from 200 submissions. It was produced by Rob Wells and recorded at The Orange Lounge Recording Studio.

From their website“Launched in 2005 by The Coalition for Music Education, 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.”

Click here for a map of all Music Monday events across the country. Or, view a webcast of the celebrations and enjoy it from home, or follow on twitter @musicmakesus_ca, or Instagram @musicmakesus_ca.

 

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–Leyland Bradley
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Get at me @LeylandMarie or leyland.bradley@gmail.com.

About the Author

Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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