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Reaching Out Through Music

Reaching Out Through Music is a unique approach to community building. Through the universal language of music, Reaching Out Through Music provides musical and social opportunities for  children in one of North America’s most densely populated and ethnically diverse urban communities, St. Jamestown, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Reaching Out Through Music offers private instruction to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 in voice, piano, violin, viola, recorder and guitar. Interested children also have the opportunity to participate in a children’s choir. The primary criterion for entry into the programme is a sincere interest in participation on the part of the applicant and a willingness to make the commitment of time and effort to reap the benefits. Reaching Out Through Music believes that all children can enjoy the benefits of participation in music regardless of their level of ability, and the programme is open to all children in the community.

John Loosemore, Founding Director and Chair



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Governor General Announces the appointment of Patricia Parr to the Order of Canada

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced that Patricia Parr is among the 57 new appointments to the Order of Canada. These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

In June 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal. The commemorative medal honours the contributions and achievements

made by Canadians from all sectors of society.


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