The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall is pleased to host more than 260 students from schools around the Greater Toronto Area for its music education and outreach program, Share the Music, in conjunction with groundbreaking vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin when he returns to Roy Thomson Hall for a special program entitled Bobby Meets Canada: Toronto! on May 30, 2015. For tickets call 416-872-4255, buy online roythomson.com
With a special focus on the City of Toronto, ten-time Grammy Award-winner McFerrin will celebrate collaboration and musical discovery, with a line-up of Toronto-based performers representing the vitality and creativity of the Toronto arts community. Representing Toronto and improvising with McFerrin on stage are: author, Egyptian Ministry of Culture Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, and Master of Arabic instruments, George Sawa; West African drummer and founder of the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, Muthadi Thomas; a cappella jazz quartet Cadence; composer and saxophone improviser Kyle Brenders; and Dora-nominated dancer/choreographer Michael Caldwell.
Students will attend both the concert and a Share the Music pre-concert workshop in the Roy Thomson Hall lobby, which will be led by Cadence, with a special appearance by Bobby McFerrin beginning at 7pm.
Long-time supporter and Presenting Sponsor of Share the Music, Sun Life Financial, has announced an increase of support totalling $120,000 to the Corporation’s music education and outreach program over the next two years. Of Sun Life’s dedication to making the arts accessible for GTA youth and Share the Music, the Corporation’s Director of Development Heather Clark commented “Share the Music enhances and broadens students’ musical horizons by exposing them to renowned artists and related pre-concert educational session, providing many opportunities to awaken students to new ways of listening, seeing and thinking. We are delighted that Sun Life Financial is increasing its support allowing many more students to attend these events.”
Through their award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible program, Sun Life has become well recognized by students, schools and community groups as a leader in providing access to the arts. Their increased support of the Share the Music Program will allow more children and youth the opportunity to experience the joy of music. “We believe that arts and culture should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their means,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “Sun Life has been supporting this program since day one and for over ten years we’ve witnessed, first-hand the impact and power music can have on young people’s lives.”
Following the workshop Paul Joliat will present a cheque to Heather Clark and workshop participants from Share the Music.