MusiCounts Band Aid Program Awards $725,000 in Instruments To 80 Schools Nationwide

Today MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity, is pleased to announce that this year $725,000 in musical instruments and equipment, will be distributed to 80 schools across Canada through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program (full recipient list). To celebrate, a special MusiCounts StarBand comprised of Vancouver area music students will perform during JUNO Week on March 24, with special guests JUNO Award winners Dear Rouge.

“MusiCounts is excited that generations of students across Canada will know the benefits of music through these instrument grants,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “We can’t wait to celebrate all 2018 MusiCounts Band Aid Program recipients during JUNO Week with the MusiCounts StarBand & Dear Rouge.”

The MusiCounts StarBand is a unique multi-school wind orchestra featuring over 65 students from Vancouver area schools, who previously received instruments through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. Led by Education Chair, 2018 JUNO Host Committee and MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient Mark Reid, participating MusiCounts StarBand schools include, John Oliver Secondary School, Killarney Secondary School, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Tamanawis
Secondary School, Maillard Middle School, Terry Fox Secondary School and Vancouver Technical Secondary School.

The free MusiCounts StarBand performance hosted by CBC personality Grant Lawrence, will take place Saturday, March 24 during Let’s Hear It! LIVE at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (750 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC) from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (PST).

Each year, the MusiCounts Band Aid Program provides instruments in $5,000 or $10,000 increments to schools whose music programs are in need of support to ensure their sustained growth. Of the 80 schools announced this year, Conrad Fitzgerald Academy in English Harbour West, NL, will be the recipient of an enhanced, $20,000 True North: The Canadian Songbook Band Aid Grant. Prior to JUNO Week, MusiCounts surprised a Vancouver school with $10,000 in new instruments for their program. Watch the surprise unfold:

Full List of MusiCounts Recipients

(Also available in PDF)


École À La Découverte – Edmonton
Ecole H.J. Cody School – Sylvan Lake
Elm Street School – Medicine Hat
Gwynne School – Gwynne*
Lauderdale Elementary School – Edmonton
St. Francis Junior High – Lethbridge
St. Michael School – Calgary

Alexis Park Elementary School – Vernon
Brackendale Elementary School – Brackendale*
Cedar Hills Elementary – Surrey
David Brankin Elementary – Surrey
Grand Forks Secondary School – Grand Forks
Lake City Secondary School – Williams Lake
Langley Secondary School – Langley*
Maywood Community School – Burnaby ‡
McLeod Elementary School – Vanderhoof
Queen Alexandra Elementary School – Vancouver
Quesnel Junior School – Quesnel
Sir Alexander Mackenzie – Vancouver
Sunset Elementary School – Port McNeill
Willway Elementary – Victoria

Buchanan School – Winnipeg
Chief Charles Audy Memorial School – Birch River
Ecole Opasquia School – The Pas
Gypsumville School – Gypsumville
Ruth Hooker School – Selkirk

Canterbury High School – Canterbury
Deer Island Community School – Fairhaven ‡
George Street Middle School – Fredericton

Conrad Fitzgerald Academy – English Hr. West Δ
Exploits Valley Intermediate – Grand Falls-Windsor
Exploits Valley High – Grand Falls – Windsor
Lakewood Academy – Glenwood*
St. John Bosco School – St. John’s

Bicentennial School – Dartmouth
Caudle Park Elementary – Lower Sackville
Dartmouth South Academy – Dartmouth
Evangeline Middle School – New Minas
Sydney Mines Middle School – Sydney Mines

Chief Julius School – Fort McPherson*

Almaguin Highlands Secondary School – South River
Bishop Smith Catholic High School – Pembroke
Central Public School – Brantford*
Church St Jr Public School – Toronto ◊
Cummer Valley M.S. – Toronto**
École Sainte-Trinité – Rockland
Floradale Public School – Elmira
Glendale Public School – Brampton*
Grafton Public School – Grafton*
Immaculate Conception Catholic School – Toronto ◊
Indian Creek Public School – Chatham
Lac La Croix First Nation, Zhingwako Zaiganing Public School – Fort Frances**
Mitchell Woods Public School – Guelph
Monck Public School TLDSB – Bracebridge
Munden Park Public School – Mississauga ◊
Percy Williams Jr Public School – Toronto**
Perth Road Public School – Perth Road
Ridgemount Elementary School – Hamilton
St. Barbara Catholic School – Toronto**
St. Charles Borromeo – North York ‡
St. Dorothy – Etobicoke**
St. Margaret School – Toronto ◊
Stamford Collegiate Music – Niagara Falls
Trillium Public School – Kitchener
Warren Park Junior Public School – York**
Woodland Heights Public School – London*
York River Public School – Bancroft
York Street Public School – Ottawa

Amherst Cove Consolidated – Borden-Carleton

Butler Elementary School – Bedford
Chateauguay Valley Regional High School – Ormstown*
École Adrien-Gamache – Longueuil
École de Touraine – Gatineau
École Joly – Rivière-du-Loup
Mackay Center School – Montreal

Ecole Elsie Mironuck Community School – Regina*
Evan Hardy Collegiate – Saskatoon*
Father Megret High School – Wollaston Lake
St. Mary – North Battleford*
Wascana Plains Public School – Regina

Eliza Van Bibber School – Pelly Crossing


* MusiCounts Leadership Circle Designated Grants
** Slaight Family Foundation Designated Grants
◊ Acapella Foundation Designated Grants
Δ True North: The Canadian Songbook Designated Grant
‡ MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Designated Grants