Coalition for Music Education to Host “Casa Musica” Fundraiser

CFMECoalition for Music Education is hosting its first gala fundraising event, “Casa Musica – an evening of music and meaning,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. at Toronto’s famed Casa Loma. Coalition for Music Education is best known for its annual Music Monday, the nation-wide sing-a-long that brings together hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music aficionados from coast to coast and which celebrated a milestone 10th anniversary earlier this year. Casa Musica the organization’s inaugural fundraising gala will be hosted by the charismatic Juno-winning jazz vocalist Kellylee Evans, with special guest speaker and musician Colonel Chris Hadfield. Funds raised from the evening will support Youth for Music, a new program of the Coalition for Music Education.

“As a musician, music is so very important to my life,” explains Host Kellylee Evans. “As a mother, I can truly understand the value of programs that aid families and make music education a possibility. I’m so happy to be a part of this initiative”.

“This event not only celebrates the valuable meaning that music brings to our lives, but also supports Youth For Music, our new national program to provide leadership opportunities for young people so they can make a difference for music in their schools and communities,” says Holly Nimmons, Executive Director, Coalition for Music Education.

A pre-event VIP reception featuring an ensemble of talented young musicians from The National Youth Orchestra of Canada will set the tone for the stellar evening of music. Guests will then be greeted by a special performance by Ray Carnovale on the historic Wurlitzer organ followed by a spectacular video performance by Shallaway Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus. The evening of music and entertainment includes showcase performances from

– Juno Award-winning The Gryphon Trio – one of the world’s preeminent piano trio

– Marc Jordan – a Juno award winning producer, also multi- award winning singer-songwriter who was recently appointed Songwriter Chair at the Canadian Film Centre

– Singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez – former host of Latin Jazz on JAZZ.FM91, co-chair of PanAm 2015’s Ignite program

The musical finale features Donavon LeNabat and the Jack Squat Party Band.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased now at Donations in support of the Youth For Music Program can be made at

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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