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Introducing the Editors-in-Chief

Thanks for checking in with us this month and I do hope you are off to a good start this fall! I’m Tom Davis, born and raised in East Vancouver, British Columbia. After my time in high school at Van Tech Secondary, I have taken up a position at a local music retailer focused on helping educators in any way possible. I take extreme pride in being an extended member of the Van Tech music community and a Youth4Music Ambassador going into my third year with the Coalition. Along with Kristen and the rest of the brilliant CME team, we present to you the (not so new) Youth4Music Newsletter! Take a wander through the topics of the month and make sure to stop by for the feature sections such as “In Your Backyard” and “Picture of the Month” which will feature a new subject each Month. Please let us know what you think! We would absolutely love your feedback as it’s the only way we can ensure that we are bringing you the best youth-made and directed newsletter out there!

It is my pleasure to welcome readers to the first ever Youth4Music Newsletter! My name is Kristen Thompson and I am a grade 12 student at Colonel Gray High School. I come from the land of red dirt roads and sandy beaches in Prince Edward Island. In March of 2018, I became a Youth4Music Ambassador for Charlottetown, my hometown!  I am now delighted to be one of two youth editors for the Youth4Music Newsletter. I want to wish all our readers a warm and cozy fall. Happy reading, everyone!

Coalition Events and Updates

Greetings from the Coalition for Music Education in Canada! We’re gearing up for an exciting year with all of our Youth4Music Hubs and looking forward to connecting with passionate youth leaders from across the country. At the end of September, we’ll be launching our brand new website,, so be sure to pay us a visit and see what’s new. In addition to the new website, the Coalition is  delighted to announce the addition of two new team members this year: Sharon Tikiryan, Youth4Music Program Assistant, and Victoria Borg, Music Monday Program Assistant, who joined the Coalition team in the spring. We are also thrilled to welcome three new Board members. Each new Board member will be profiled in the Coalition’s monthly newsletter; read the first profile here.

Over The Summer

Young Company 2018

Aqsarniit, Inuktitut for Northern Lights, was the name of this year’s 2018 Young Company show. Through speech, song and dance, this amazing Canadian cast of 12 delivered a moving, educational performance, for audiences who came to visit from all across the world. In the town of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, they joined voices to sing stories of Canada’s history; and together described their vision of a future Canada. Read more.

NYO Migrations TD Tour

For over 50 years, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has been developing an amplitude of exceptional Canadian musicians. This summer was the second time in over a decade, that this 95-person orchestra got to tour not only in Canada, but also in Europe. Playing selections from the works of Gershwin, Strauss, Copland, and Scriabin that drew in crowds from all over. Are you a passionate musician itching for an opportunity like this? The NYO will be accepting applications for their 2019 orchestra members starting October 1st! Click here to read more about the NYO’s 2018 tour.

Pride in Canada 2018

June, being official Pride month, is one of the most highly anticipated months of the year. This summer, with same-sex marriage being legalized for 13 years in Canada, there were an abundance of musical festivities to celebrate ALL OVER the country! From coast to coast there were a variety of events for all ages throughout the summer Not to mention, numerous Pride parades with dancing in the streets and flags flying high. To read more about the musical side of Pride click here.

Youth4Music Video Series

On September 27th the Coalition is thrilled to launch the Youth4Music video series titled, “Music As…”, a virtual platform for youth by youth. This series is designed to give Youth4Music Ambassadors an opportunity to discuss the aspects of music that are important and meaningful to them, to highlight each of the Youth4Music Hubs, and to speak directly to Canadian youth about how they can get involved and make a difference in their communities. The first episode, “Music As… Education”, features the Youth4Music Kingston Hub, and includes interviews with Dr. Julia Brook, Assistant Professor of music education at the Queen’s University, and student leader Emma Drinnan of the Queen’s University Student Music Educators’ Association. Be sure to tune in to new episodes on the last Thursday of each month!

In Your Backyard

The Prime Minister's Youth Council

The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is looking for new members! From now till November 30th, Canadian youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are encouraged to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity. The PMYC provides opinions and advice to the Prime Minister on several issues in Canada. This is a chance to make the change youth of Canada want for our country, and to become the voice for the youth of our nation. Read more.

The Canadian Children's Opera Company

In 1968, the Canadian Children’s Opera Company (CCOC) was founded to provide Canadian youth with the opportunity to experience opera, theatre, and performance. With some of the very best training in Canada, the young members of the CCOC not only sound like angels, but they get to express and develop themselves through the theatrical side of opera. Do you know a youngster that bounces up and down at the thought of singing? If they are between the ages of 5 and 18, this could be just the opportunity for them! The CCOC is open to new members all year round. Read more about the CCOC here.

In Your Backyard Submissions

Have a local music event happening in your town? We’d love to feature it right here in our newsletter! We’re always wanting to hear the music buzz about what’s happening in every corner of Canada, so send us your stories and events!

Email Sharon at for more info!

“My Grandfather was a big drum”


The water ripples off, sending its message across the lake

It reminds me of the buzzing of the drum from a scratch beat

It dances

The hide dances

While we sing our healing song

As our hands grip the back of the drum

We feel its power

The strength of music

By Cole Forrest


The second installment of the Ngamwag Shkinweg (The Youth Are Singing) video series features a documentary focusing on music and culture. This film offers insight into a dynamic group of youth, elder, musicians, and chief, all telling stories about how music has influenced and continues to support their connection to their culture and sound. More information about the film and introduction by Cole Forrest coming soon.  

NUFSICISUM Award Winner Profile: Janice Kok

This year’s recommendations for the Coalition’s NUFSICISUM Award brought in many inspiring applications from across the country. Teachers from coast to coast to coast nominated students who are making a difference in their schools and communities through music. Students are highly involved in both school and community music groups; some spending their time mentoring younger students in band classes, while others organize music fundraisers or plan music field trips to support music where they live. We will be featuring a series of articles about this year’s NUFISCISUM winners to inspire youth leadership, and to recognize the benefits and positive experiences youth are achieving through music.


This month we are highlighting Janice Kok, a Grade 7 student from Richmond, British Columbia. Read more.

Photo of the Month

Your picture could be featured here! Send us your photos of concerts, youth events, or anything that involves music! One picture will be featured in each of our newsletters. The lucky photographer chosen will not only have their picture displayed, but will also receive a prize!! Email your picture to

Thank you • Merci • Miigwech • kinana'skomitina'wa'w

We are able to do all of this awesome work because of the support from many groups. For a full listing of this support go to Coalition, Youth4Music and Music Monday

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