100 New Instruments in the Hands of Hamilton Youth

Published February 17, 2015

Talk about a good surprise! Late last year, Max Kerman and Mike DeAngelis, members of JUNO Award-winning rock group Arkells, were in their hometown of Hamilton to help announce beneficiaries of the second annual  MusiCounts TD Community Music Program.

Established in 2013, these grants award musical equipment to non-profit organizations providing programs to youth in underserved Canadian communities. In 2014, the program received over 100 applications; 16 organizations were awarded a total of $220,000 (see the list below).

One beneficiary was Hamilton Music Collective’s An Instrument for Every Child program. Young participants learned the happy news following a surprise performance by Kerman and DeAngelis, as more than 100 shiny new instruments were unveiled.

Check the video to see their response. Visit here to learn more about the 2015 applications.


2014 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program Beneficiaries:

All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz – Regina, SK

Culture for Kids in the Arts  – Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Music Collective – Hamilton, ON

Heart of the City Piano Program (Vancouver Chapter) – Vancouver, BC

John Howard Society of Sudbury – Sudbury, ON

Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp – Chéticamp, NS

Lyrical Lines Education Network Inc. – Kitchener, ON

New Ross Family Resource Centre – New Ross, NS

North York Community House – Toronto, ON

Overture with the Arts – Dorval, QC

Partageons l’espoir/ Share the Warmth – Montréal, QC

Project Grace – St. John’s, NL

Success Power Opportunity Teamwork (The S.P.O.T) – Scarborough, ON

Tall Tree Festival Society – Port Renfrew, BC

The West End Culture Centre – Winnipeg, MB

YMCA of Greater Vancouver – Surrey, BC