It’s about more than just music!
TD celebrates and supports music with communities across Canada
Published March 29th, 2016
The world would not be the same without music. Music has the power to move us, teach us and connect us. Music enriches our lives and makes our world a better, brighter place. In short, its impact extends far beyond the notes themselves. This is why TD has supported music’s creation and performance from coast-to-coast since 2003.
TD is proud to celebrate 13 years of supporting music, sponsoring over 100 community music programs and over 80 music festivals across Canada. It starts from the ground up, and from early in life.
Music is known to benefit a child’s development. Music boosts memory, encourages teamwork and builds confidence. This is why we support MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity. Through the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, founded in 2013, thousands of instruments have been put in the hands of children and youth who need them most. In 2015 alone, $250,000 of equipment was awarded to 19 non-profit organizations. We have also been pleased to offer project support to former MusiCounts recipients, including The Hammer Band’s ‘From Violence to Violins’ and Hamilton Music Collective’s ‘An Instrument for Every Child’ programs.

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TD’s support of community music education programs spans the country. Sistema Toronto’s ‘Playing to Potential’ gives at-risk children the opportunity to study music and transform their lives. At-risk youth in North Vancouver have the chance to grow through the Rhythm & Word Music Therapy program. Ottawa’s National Arts Centre hosts the interactive TD Family Adventure Series. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s Young Composers Program encourages children to write music that the orchestra then performs. Working with our jazz festival partners across the country, TD helps nurture next generations of Canadian talent through the support of music residencies and other educational programming. This is but a sampling of programs.
Learning to play music can be one of life’s greatest gifts. Not only is it fun, it’s an education in creativity, collaboration and focus, no matter your age. Music is also a profession. TD appreciates those who entertain us, and the event producers who put artists on stages both big and small. From early performances to big awards, we are there.

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TD supports artist development through efforts such as Honey Jam, the influential multicultural, multi-genre, all-female showcase, and Coalition Music’s Artist Entrepreneur program, designed to assist artists in building sustainable careers. We also support talented young Canadian musicians like Edmonton pop duo The Command Sisters and Bolton, Ontario singer-songwriter Connor Ross.

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Just as music can transform a single life, it helps build stronger communities. Whether attending one of the international jazz festivals TD supports in cities across Canada, concerts at unique venues like Toronto’s TD Echo Beach or community festivals that literally transform their towns, you come together with neighbours to be moved by music.
TD is happy to help make that happen through the support of community festivals ranging from the Calgary, Winnipeg and Regina Folk Festivals to the Guelph Jazz Festival, Thunder Bay Blues Festival, TD Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, PEI Jazz & Blues Festival, and Nova Scotia’s unique Prismatic Arts Festival. We understand that music transcends and connects cultures, bringing people together to enjoy events such as Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, Toronto’s TD IRIE Music Festival, London’s internationally renowned world music festival Sunfest, Small World Music Society’s Asian Music Series, and the award-winning Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture, one of Canada’s largest celebrations of hip-hop culture.
On the national stage, TD supports important initiatives like Calgary’s National Music Centre, with a focus on their Indigenous programming, Youth Access Programs offering discounted tickets to orchestras and operas across Canada, and concert series spotlighting this nation’s musical future, like Live at Massey Hall. And, of course, we join Canadian music fans in recognizing artistic talent through annual support of The JUNO Awards, East Coast Music Week, and Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Music Week.

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Music is good for the head, body and soul. By celebrating and supporting music with communities across Canada into the future, TD is here to help it grow. Why? Because it’s about more than the music!