MusiCounts recipients were celebrated JUNO weekend during a performance at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Joined by JUNO Award winners, Dear Rouge, and in an event hosted by CBC personality, Grant Lawrence as part of the Let’s Hear It Vancouver, the 65-piece MusiCount StarBand, consisting of students in and around the Vancouver area, performed original pieces to an audience comprising of curious onlookers and parents of the students alike. The band was conducted by MusiCount Teacher of the Year recipient, Mark Reid. The StarBand’s performance came on the heels of their appearance at the JUNO Cup, where the band performed during breaks, as well as the national anthem.
The performance highlighted the MusiCounts efforts to promote music education across Canada. With grants of $5,000 to $10,000 awarded to 80 schools across the country, the $25,000 True North: The Canadian Songbook Band Aid Grant will be awarded to Conrad Fitzgerald Academy in English Harbour West, NL.
For more information on how you can support MusiCounts initiatives to keep music education alive and healthy in Canadian schools, please visit https://www.musicounts.ca/.
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Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.