Canadian Celebrities Lend Their Voices For National Music Monday Sing-Along

On Monday, May 5th Music Monday celebrates 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; Winnipeg, MB; Edmonton, AB; Whitehorse, YT; Ottawa, ON; and Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC. The event will conclude 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 ET on Monday, May 5, 2014 and can be accessed at musicmonday.ca.

“The incredible responses by prominent Canadians who are willing to celebrate Music Monday are strong messages that music affects people from all walks of life,” says Holly Nimmons, Executive Director, Coalition for Music Education in Canada. “We’re hoping that these messages will resonate locally, inspiring those in communities large and small to also lend their voices to the cause.”

Additional celebrities and special guests who have committed to help raise awareness for music education include Oliver Jones, Lennie Gallant, Sean Panting, Red Robinson, NAC Chamber Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.  Representatives from the worlds of music, science, business, sports, politics, comedy, and more will join in via video and audio messages in support of Music Monday including: environmentalist David Suzuki, children’s entertainer Fred Penner, R&B singer-songwriter Jully Black, Olympic medalist Jennifer Jones, Dragon’s Den financier W. Brett Wilson, MP Andrew Cash, and comedian Dean Jenkinson.

In 2013, thousands of Music Monday celebrations accounted for one million participants across the globe! For this year’s event, schools and community groups across the country have already registered their celebrations, including:

  • drum dancers and accordion music at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik school in Nunavut;
  • an integration of Music with Visual arts and Science at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth
    Annex School;
  • an airband contest at Medicine Hat’s École Connaught School;
  • an assembly with the singing of O Canada in English, French and Ojibway at
    Southampton (ON)’s GC Huston Public School;
  • a percussion ensemble of drums and xylophones joining with school choir to lead
    the students of Lachute (QC) Laurentian Elementary School in singing and celebrating;
  • a performance at a local seniors home by Charlottetown (PEI)’s Stonepark Intermediate;
    and more.

The 10th Anniversary program will recognize this participation with a special on-line contest which offers Music Monday participants an opportunity to win a Skype chat with Colonel Chris Hadfield, and earn a chance to be part of the live webcast.  For more information about prize opportunities and to register an event, please visit www.musicmonday.ca.

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. 

The Coalition for Music Education is inviting Canadians to get involved and lend their voice to raise awareness about the connections between music education and its influence on Canadian success. The 10th Anniversary program will recognize this participation with a special on-line contest which offers Music Monday participants an opportunity to win a Skype chat with Commander Chris Hadfield, and earn a chance to be part of the live webcast. For more information about Music Monday, about more prize opportunities and to register an event, visit www.musicmonday.ca. 

I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) was written by former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut and musician Col. Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson and commissioned by The Coalition for Music Education and CBCMusic.ca in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.