Today, MusiCounts, was joined by JUNO Award-winning band Hedley, for a special celebration of the 2016-2017 MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients funded by The Slaight Family Foundation. Queen Alexandra Middle School in Toronto hosted the festivities, where Hedley surprised students with $10,000 worth of new instruments for the school’s music program and took part in special workshops with the music class. Hedley then took the stage for a surprise performance in honour of The Slaight Family Foundation’s ongoing support of MusiCounts.
“With the Slaight Family Foundation’s continued support of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, MusiCounts is able to put more instruments into Ontario schools,” said Kristy Fletcher, Director, MusiCounts. “We are thrilled to celebrate with Hedley and the Slaight Family Foundation today and the result is that children at these schools will benefit from access to music for years to come.”
“The Slaight Family starting with my father Allan have always appreciated the benefits music education provides young minds,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of The Slaight Family Foundation. “We are extremely proud to support Musicounts Band Aid Program and it’s initiative to put much needed musical instruments into school music programs.”
After unveiling $10,000 worth of new instruments and participating in intimate music workshops with students, multi-platinum JUNO Award-winners, Hedley, showed their support for the importance of music education. The Vancouver-based band commemorated the occasion with an acoustic performance of several hit songs, ahead of their forthcoming album CAGELESS, out September 29.
“This has been such a memorable experience and we are so happy to have been a part of it. It’s rewarding for us as musicians to be able to give these students new instruments through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. Music has the ability to enhance a young person’s mind and inspire their creativity,” said Hedley frontman, Jacob Hoggard.
Accomplished music artist and Canadian media personality Kim Stockwood, was the event’s
host and highlighted MusiCounts’ ongoing commitment to making music accessible to
Canadian youth. David Krygier-Baum, Queen Alexandra Middle School’s music teacher, spoke about the school’s music program and led students in a performance for the delighted auditorium. Three additional Toronto area schools were also in attendance, having received instruments through The Slaight Family Foundation’s generous support of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.
2016-2017 The Slaight Family Foundation MusiCounts Band Aid Program Recipient Schools
Alpha Alternative Junior School, Toronto, ON
Baibombeh Alternative School, Pawitik, Ontario
James Culnan Catholic Elementary School, Toronto, ON
Queen Alexandra Middle School, Toronto, ON
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School, Rexdale, ON
St. Mary Catholic Academy, Toronto, ON
Schools who would like to apply for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program to receive instruments for their school music program should visit musicounts.ca for more details.
Hi-res images of the event can be found here. (Photo Credit: Barry Roden)
Canada’s favourite high-energy, platinum-selling chart toppers, Hedley, are set to release their new album, CAGELESS, September 29 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. This is their seventh full-length album and was written and produced by frontman Jacob Hoggard with longstanding Hedley collaborators Brian Howes and Jason “JVP” Van Poederooyen at the Warehouse Studio in BC.
The new album features the hit single, “Love Again”, which was the most added first single in the history of the band and quickly rose to top 10 at three radio formats. Their latest infectious track, “Better Days” has already garnered 2.5 million streams in only a few short weeks.
Hedley have also announced their highly anticipated 2017 Cageless Tour. Joining Hedley on the 32 city Canadian arena tour will be very special guests Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams. Tickets go on sale in all markets on Friday September 29, with VIP packages on sale now.
Hedley has accumulated over 1 million album sales, 4 million single sales, has 18 #1 videos on Muchmusic and has been honoured with 11 MMVAs, 4 SOCAN and 2 JUNO awards. The band has amassed over 86 million Vevo video views, 68 million streams on Spotify and 17 top 10 radio singles.
The acclaimed Vancouver based four-piece band includes Jacob Hoggard (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards), Dave Rosin (guitar), Tommy Mac (bass), Jay Benison (drums).
About The Slaight Family Foundation
Established in 2008, the Slaight Family Foundation is committed to making a difference. The Foundation supports projects related to health care, social service initiatives, the arts, at-risk youth as well as providing aid to disadvantaged countries. To date, the Slaight Family Foundation has supported over 75 projects within Canada and overseas, enabling health research and innovative advancements in health care, assisting with programs and services to improve the lives of at-risk youth, encouraging new works of art, providing bursaries and endowment for students in need of financial support to continue their studies and providing the basic necessities of life in developing countries.