Sistema Toronto’s Playing to Potential transforms the lives of children through the pursuit of musical excellence. Based on Venezuela’s famed El Sistema, Playing to Potential provides free, ensemble-based music lessons to children at risk. As a program that runs throughout the school year, we are proud to have TD as a year-round sponsor. 


Playing to Potential program is delivered at the Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School, and Yorkwoods Public School in Toronto’s Parkdale and Jane/Finch neighborhoods. It is an intensive after-school program that enhances social development of the child through the power of music. Playing to Potential gives disadvantaged and marginalized children ten hours of orchestral and choral instruction per week throughout the 38-week school year. The program is free of charge, and each child receives their own instrument. The children are inspired through the power of music to realize their full potential as students, musicians, and citizens.