On December 13, JUNO-award winning band, Marianas Trench joined MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, with support from The Hot Topic Foundation, to celebrate the MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients from across the country. The event also marked the launch of The Hot Topic Foundation in Canada, which gives assistance to programs and organizations that focus on youth and education in the arts. Lord Selkirk Elementary School hosted the festivities, where Vancouver-based Marianas Trench unveiled $10,000 worth of brand new musical instruments for the school.
“We are pleased to partner with the Hot Topic Foundation and thanks to their generous contribution, instruments will now be in the hands of children who need them most,” said, Kristy Fletcher, Director, MusiCounts. “To date, the MusiCounts Band Aid Program has provided instruments to over 750 schools across Canada, and it was special to celebrate today with Marianas Trench and the music students at Lord Selkirk Elementary School.”
“We are proud and honoured to partner with the MusiCounts Band Aid Program,” said Joe Emory, Manager, Employee Relations, Hot Topic. “Hot Topic was born out of a love for music and through The Hot Topic Foundation we are thrilled to support the music and arts education that is needed today, now more than ever.”
Music students at Lord Selkirk Elementary School were surprised by Marianas Trench while rehearsing the band’s latest single ‘Who Do You Love’. After the presentation, Marianas Trench sat with the excited class to play instruments, took photos, and spoke about the significance of music education in their lives.
“Music education is so important to myself and us as a band. Matt and I met in our music class which was instrumental in getting us where we are today,” said Josh Ramsay, lead singer of Marianas Trench. “As arts programs are heavily underfunded, we are so happy to have the opportunity to work with organizations like MusiCounts to ensure that music education continues to flourish in schools.”
The MusiCounts Band Aid Program provides school music programs with instruments and equipment. The instruments provided through this program (awarded in $5,000 or $10,000 value allotments) impact thousands of young Canadians and support diverse music programs that include everything from concert and jazz bands, to rock band programs. To date the program has distributed nearly $7 million in instruments and equipment to hundreds of school music programs across Canada.