TORONTO, March 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Children and youth from Sparrow Way in north-east Toronto will now have more opportunities to learn and play music thanks to Saturday's successful Building Bands Canada Sparrow Way Benefit Concert in Toronto on March 10.
$1,000 was raised and an acoustic guitar donated during the three-hour concert that saw some of Toronto's best young musicians perform at the Orbit Room in Toronto.
A talented lineup featured artists Alicia Sales, Donna Ferra and Elyse Sanders, each who enjoyed the capable backup talents of Peter Linseman and Adam Langley, along with Stephanie Braganza and her band.
"When troubled youth have productive activities to participate in, they stay away from undesirable activities such as substance abuse and crime," said Christine Newman, President of Building Bands Canada. "Thanks to the generosity of Torontonians and the performers who all donated their time, disadvantaged youth at Sparrow Way will have opportunities to learn new skills and to expand their horizons through music."
Operated by volunteers, Building Bands Canada was founded in 2009 as a non-profit organization to provide musical instruments and music lessons at no cost, to children and youth who live in low income communities, attend alternative schools or who have come into conflict with the law.
Building Bands Canada currently provides music programs in alternative schools, youth detention centers, and public schools in Peterborough, Millbrook and Oshawa, Ontario. The organization has recently expanded to serve the Sparrow Way housing complex in north-east Toronto, with the aim of helping to address some of the socio-economic issues faced by youth living in that community.
Budding Sparrow Way musicians will have an opportunity to showcase their new talents at an upcoming charity gala March 24 hosted by Phil Lewis WE Network at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ajax. For more information on the March 24 gala please visit http://www.phillewis.net/Site/CHARITY_GALA_MARCH_24th.html.
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