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Youth4Music News

The Youth4Music Nipissing Event was held on October 20 at Big Medicine Studio at Nipissing First Nation. The event was an opportunity for all interested youth and educators to partake in conversations about music and music education, and how music could be used to build community. A big thanks to Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb, the co-artistic directors of Big Medicine Studio, for their continued support, and to Youth4Music Ambassadors Cole Forrest, Kelsey Borgford, and Brooklyn Sawyer for planning and co-hosting the event.

Coalition News

As we mentioned last month, the Coalition for Music Education is delighted to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors. This month we’d like to introduce you to Lynn Tucker of Toronto. We are also thrilled to announce that our new website has officially launched! Please visit us at our new home on the world wide web: You can also connect with us on Twitter and Instagram by searching for @coalitioncanada.

In Your Backyard

Youth4Music Welcome Events

Are you interested in learning more about Youth4Music or getting involved with your local Hub? If so, attending one of the Youth4Music Welcome Events is a great way to start! We are always eager to connect with new people who share a passion for music and music education. We are currently finalizing plans for Welcome Events in Vancouver and Winnipeg in November, with more to come in other cities throughout the year. For more information please contact Sharon at 

Charlottetown All-Ages Show: The Basement

On November 16 all interested youth are invited to The Basement, the monthly all-ages show founded by Isabella Rutherford-Torlone and Kyle MacDougall of Charlottetown, PEI. The Basement takes place at First Baptist Church in Charlottetown, and is a place for young people to socialize, dance, listen to live music in an inclusive, welcoming, safe space. Read all about this amazing youth-led initiative 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 world premiere of My Grandfather was a big drum, the second in a series of videos by Cole Forrest, was held on October 20 at the Near North Mobile Media Lab in North Bay, Ontario. This short documentary was made as part of Ngamwag Shkinweg (The Youth are Singing), Youth4Music’s Indigenous initiative. The premiere began with a wonderful performance by Josh Stevens, one of the musicians featured in the film, followed by the film’s official screening and a reception where guests were able to chat with Cole and cinematographer Harrison Clements. Click here to watch.

Music Education Conferences

On October 19, Colleen, Matty, and Laura from the Youth4Music Winnipeg Hub attended Tempo, the annual conference of the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association. This was the first time Youth4Music was represented at Tempo and it was a huge success! Our sincere thanks to Karen Tole-Henderson and the Manitoba Music Educators’ Association for arranging this incredible opportunity for our Youth4Music Ambassadors. Youth4Music was also represented at the FAMEQ conference in Quebec City, and the OMEA conference in Hamilton, ON in early November. We’re so happy to have been a part of these conferences, where many new connections were made!

Happy Halloween from Youth4Music!

To help get you in the Halloween spirit our very own Kristen Thompson has curated this spook-tacular playlist. No Halloween party playlist is complete without our Top 5 Spooky Songs!

National Youth Orchestra Auditions

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is accepting auditions for the 2019 season. Successful applicants will participate in a three week tour, performing in prestigious concert halls in both Canada and Spain, and receive mentorship from some of the country’s finest artists. Learn more at or contact them by email ( or phone (1-888-532-4470).

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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