On Monday, May 6th, thousands of students, musicians, parents and community members across Canada will sing together creating the world's largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. At this time each year, as a testament to the unifying power of music, our country comes together from coast to coast to coast to simultaneously sing the current Music Monday anthem, an arrangement of Hymn to Freedom with music by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson and lyrics by Harriette Hamilton.
Join us online for the livestream of the event, which will be available here on this page and on the NAC and Music Monday Facebook pages on May 6 at 12PM EDT.
The only nationwide celebration of music that actively engages children and youth in their schools and communities, Music Monday will be observed in many ways across the country: in school classrooms and assemblies, and concerts of community bands and choirs with special events being planned in cities across Canada. With close to 1,000 events nationwide already registered, the thousands of Canadians working to share the message of the importance of music, are ensuring that their voices are heard on Music Monday.
Co-hosted by NAC Director of Music Education and Community Engagement Geneviève Cimon and NAC Director of Communications Annabelle Cloutier, this free public concert in the lobby includes performances by Juno-nominated folk singer Jeremy Fisher Junior, a jazz combo from the Nepean All-City Jazz Band, and the University of Ottawa’s Barbershop Therapy barbershop quartet. The performers will also be joined by Managing Director of the Coalition for Music Education, Patricia Valenteyn, and Deputy Mayor Matthew Luloff will also proclaim May 6th, 2019, to be Music Monday in Ottawa.
The NAC’s 15th annual Music Monday celebration will include a massed children's choir of over 350 youth under the direction of Jackie Hawley who will lead the sing-along of the Music Monday anthem. Participating choirs include:
- Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa
- All Saints Catholic High School
- Dr. F.J. McDonald Catholic School
- École élémentaire catholique Au Cœur d'Ottawa
- École élémentaire publique Julie-Payette
- École élémentaire publique Séraphin-Marion
- Henry Larsen Elementary School
- Heritage Public School
- Kars on the Rideau Public School
- St. George Catholic School
Music Monday is made possible in part by support from the Friends of the NAC Orchestra and the individual and corporate donors of the National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre. The NAC is proud to partner with the Coalition for Music Education in Canada for this event.
ABOUT MUSIC MONDAY
Music Monday is a signature program of the Coalition for Music Education. It is Canada's nationwide celebration of the power of music in our lives, especially our schools. Music Monday is the only national celebration of music education that actively engages children and youth in their schools and communities. The first Monday in May (this year, May 6, 2019) music makers of all generations and genres gather in their schools and communities to make music, and at the same time during the day we join with one voice, by singing the official Music Monday anthem for a simultaneous nation-wide sing-along.
Music Monday is an annual event organized by the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, a national advocacy organization that for 25 years has represented educators, parents, music lovers, industry – and most of all students – to promote and protect quality music programs in schools. Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of music education and has inspired similar initiatives in the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and Hungary. For more information, please visit coalitioncanada.ca
ABOUT THE COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION
Music Monday is an annual initiative of the Coalition for Music Education, an organization made up of parents, students, educators, and business people from varying walks of life who support school music programs and highlight the importance of music education for all young people in Canada.
ABOUT THE MUSIC MONDAY ANTHEM
A strong and important song from Canada’s musical history, “Hymn To Freedom” with music by Oscar Peterson and lyrics by Harriette Hamilton, is the 2019 Music Monday Anthem. Hundreds of thousands will join in the singing of this powerful anthem on Music Monday (May 6, 2019). Register your event to gain access to multiple free arrangements, translations and learning resources. Click here to watch the official Music Monday video.