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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Music with Bite returns to Harbourfront Centre Feb. 14

FREE family concert features trombone quintet “I Tromboni”

TORONTO, ON (Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010) – Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to present the next installment of Music with Bite, our interactive and intimate FREE concert series designed especially for kids ages five to 12.

Satisfy your ears and your taste buds! Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit in front of the stage for an enjoyable, interactive music performance tailored to young audience members. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample music of diverse styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists performing bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programmes. After the concerts, children can enjoy a complimentary Natrel® milk beverage and cookie. In partnership with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario.

Upcoming Music with Bite concerts include trombone quintet I Tromboni on Feb. 14, cabaret performer Patricia O’Callaghan on April 18, and erhu master George Gao on May 23. Performances take place Sundays at 1 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.


I Tromboni
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 – 1 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)

Kids can discover the magic of the trombone on a voyage that strays off the beaten path. I Tromboni is compiled of five young trombonists who are ready to entertain and enlighten you! Since forming in 1999, they have worked to break down the myths & stereotypes that have kept trombones in the back row of the band for too long! Nicknamed “Team Canada of Trombones,” this dynamic Vancouver-based quintet incorporates music of many genres including jazz, romantic, popular and original compositions. I Tromboni entertains, educates and brings great music-making to kids of all ages. For more information visit

Patricia O’Callaghan
Sunday, April 18 – 1 p.m.  (Brigantine Room)
The whole family can enjoy a vocal performance by the most promising cabaret performer of her generation, Canada’s own Patricia O’Callaghan. O’Callaghan has performed her European cabaret show around Europe and North America. She has also toured the Juno Award-winning opera Constantinople. O’Callaghan is no stranger to the camera; she appeared in CBC’s “Youkai Hotel” and the acclaimed series, “Foolish Heart.” For more information visit

George Gao
Sunday, May 23 – 1 p.m.  (Brigantine Room)
Hailed as one of the most exciting, innovative and respected erhu masters today, the Gemini Award-nominated erhu master George Gao performs at Music with Bite as part of an exciting HarbourKIDS weekend festival. Gao has performed with multiple orchestras around the world including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Billions of people around the world have watched him on CCTV, China's most watched TV station. Gao fuses traditional Chinese music with jazz, Western Classical music, New Age and other ethnic music from different world cultures. For more information visit

HarbourKIDS Club Membership
Sign up to be a HarbourKIDS Club Member and receive your very own “Splooshy” tattoo! Pick up a copy of our Kid’s Guide to Harbourfront Centre and explore our site on an interactive discovery walk! If you want, we’ll send you periodic emails to let you know what fun family events are coming up at Harbourfront!

Jeunesses Musicales Ontario is a non-profit arts organization that fosters the careers of outstanding young professional musicians at home and abroad. JMO promotes the development of the arts in Ontario by bringing fine classical music to audiences of all ages. As young artists gain valuable experience and exposure, students, families and the general public enjoy high-quality, affordable, accessible musical entertainment. For more information visit

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Soulignent le 20e Anniversaire de la Convention Relative aux Droits de l'Enfant des Nations Unies

For English see below

Extrait de la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies :
Article 31, 2. «Les États parties respectent et favorisent le droit de l'enfant de participer pleinement à la vie culturelle et artistique et encouragent l’organisation à son intention de moyens appropriés de loisirs et d'activités récréatives, artistiques et culturelles, dans des conditions d’égalité.»

Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada (JMC) souhaitent aujourd’hui souligner le 20e anniversaire de la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies.

Un petit pas pour l’homme, un pas de géant… pour les enfants !

Depuis maintenant 60 ans, les artistes qui œuvrent sous l’égide des JMC sillonnent sans relâche les écoles et les lieux de diffusion du pays afin de faire découvrir les plaisirs et les bienfaits de la musique aux enfants. Présentes dans 9 provinces, dans plusieurs grands centres urbains comme dans les régions les plus éloignées, les JMC permettent à beaucoup d’enfants d’apprivoiser la musique classique et de développer leurs aptitudes et leurs connaissances musicales.

Chaque année, les JMC ont à cœur de rendre la musique accessible aux jeunes en leur proposant diverses activités dont :
- Plus de 700 concerts par année dans les écoles et les centres de diffusion à travers le pays ;
- Plus de 750 ateliers musicaux variés et adaptés aux milieux préscolaire, scolaire et secondaire.
Annuellement, plus de 110 000 enfants découvrent la musique grâce aux JMC. Imaginez après 60 ans... 60 ans à croire que l’accès à la musique est un droit pour tous, pour les petits et pour les grands.

Aidez-nous à accroître notre portée en faisant un don dès aujourd’hui à la Fondation des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada! Contactez Marie-Hèlene Paquette, coordonnatrice au développement philanthropique, en composant le 514 845-4108, poste 246 ou par courriel à l’adresse suivante : 
Quelle belle façon de célébrer l’adoption de la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies que celui de le faire… tout en musique ! 



Excerpt of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
Article 31, 2. "States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada today wishes to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child."

Illustrations: Lorraine Beaudoin, Alpha Zulu

Jeunesses Musicales of Canada (JMC) today wishes to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A small step for man, a giant leap… for children!

For 60 years now, artists working under the aegis of JMC have tirelessly made their way into the country’s schools and venues to introduce children to the benefits of music. Present in 9 provinces, in several major urban centres as in remote regions, JMC allows great numbers of children to cultivate an appreciation for classical music and to develop their musical knowledge and abilities.

Each year, JMC takes great care to ensure that music is accessible to youth by offering an array of activities including:
- Over 700 concerts per year in schools and venues across the country
- A variety of over 750 music workshops adapted to the pre-school, elementary school, and high school milieus.
Annually, more than 110,000 children are able to discover music thanks to JMC. Just imagine after 60 years.... 60 years of believing that access to music is a right for young and old alike.
Help us increase our range of activities by making a donation to the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada Foundation today! Contact Marie-Hèlene Paquette, Philanthropic Development Coordinator at 514-845-4108, extension 246 or by email at the following address:

What better way to celebrate the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child than to do it with music!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada célèbrent leur 60e anniversaire tournées vers l'avenir

English follows.

Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada annoncent officiellement la programmation complète de leur 60e saison.

En bref:

- Marc Hervieux, porte-parole officiel

- Plus de 800 concerts et plus de 700 ateliers présentés d’un bout à l’autre du Canada

- Quelque 80 artistes

- 200 lieux de diffusion au Québec, en Ontario, dans les provinces maritimes, en particulier au Nouveau-Brunswick, et en Colombie-Britannique

- Conférences musicales pour les enfants des écoles défavorisées de Montréal, présentées du 14 au 16 juin 2010 à la Maison JMC par le pianiste et communicateur Alain Lefèvre

- Festival Chopin, présenté du 22 au 25 avril 2010 à la Maison JMC

- Un coffret-souvenir (3 DCs) produit par le label canadien Analekta mis en vente au printemps

- Plusieurs émissions et reportages consacrés aux JMC, présentés par Espace musique, Espace classique et CBC Radio Two

- Un tout nouveau site web JMC, en ligne le 16 octobre 2009

- Tout au long de l’année, plusieurs ensembles musicaux du pays souligneront le 60e anniversaire des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada par des concerts-hommages, saluant la contribution du mouvement à la vie musicale canadienne.

- Quatuor Cecilia de l’École de musique Schulich de l’Université McGill, en résidence à la Maison JMC pour deux ans

- Des concerts offerts par des artistes JMC à différents établissements de santé du Québec par la Société 
pour les arts en milieux de santé

- Les JMC collaborent désormais avec « Être », cabinet-conseil en relations philanthropiques, et bénéficient de conseils stratégiques de pointe pour la poursuite de leurs objectifs de notoriété et de financement.

Consultez le pour connaître les programmes musicaux détaillés


Jeunesses Musicales of canada celebrates its 60th anniversary looking to the future

MONTREAL, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 - Jeunesses Musicales of Canada officially announces the programming for its 60th season.

At a glance:

- Marc Hervieux, official spokesman

- Over 800 concerts and more than 700 workshops from coast to coast across Canada
- Some 80 artists

- 200 venues in Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes—in New Brunswick in particular—and in British Columbia

- Musical lectures for children from Montreal’s underprivileged schools, presented from June 14 to 16, 2010 at the JMC House by pianist and presenter Alain Lefèvre

- Chopin Festival, from April 22 to 25, 2010 at the JMC House

- A souvenir box-set (CDs) produced by Canadian record label Analekta, on sale in the spring

- Several programmes and reports on JMC broadcast on Espace musique, Espace classique, and CBC Radio Two

- An all-new JMC website, online on October 16, 2009

- All year long, several of the country’s musical ensembles will mark Jeunesses Musicales of Canada’s 60th anniversary with tribute concerts, paying homage to the movement’s contribution to Canadian musical life.

- Cecilia Quartet of the Schulich School of Music, Quartet in residence at Jeunesses Musicales Canada House

- Concerts given by JMC artists at various health care establishments in Québec, presented by the Société pour les arts en milieux de santé

Visit to see the complete musical programme and detailed schedule for each of the concerts.