TORONTO, ON - Today MusiCounts, Canada's leading music education charity, announced that Canadian music icon Jim Cuddy will be the recipient of the 2018 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. The award recognizes individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on music education and MusiCounts.
As a member of Blue Rodeo and as a solo artist, Cuddy has received some of Canada's highest honours including, The Order of Canada, inductions into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada's Walk of Fame, multiple JUNO and SOCAN Awards and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award. For nearly 15 years, Cuddy has been an ongoing advocate for music education through his profound support of MusiCounts initiatives and events.
In 2004, Cuddy was the driving force behind the creation of JUNO Cup, an annual charity hockey game, which to date has raised $840,000 for MusiCounts. Cuddy also served on the MusiCounts Advisory Committee for several years, helping to further the charity's mission of ensuring that youth have access to music in their school or community.
He has also participated in a MusiCounts Band Aid Program celebration and been an advocate for CARAS and MusiCounts. Most recently in 2017, Blue Rodeo sponsored the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award hosting the recipient teacher and her students at the band's recording studio, The Woodshed.
Cuddy will receive a solid crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design, at the 2018 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on March 24 in Vancouver during the JUNO weekend.
Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), one of Canada’s largest and most widely attended music festivals, once again announces a long list of internationally acclaimed acts as well as national, local and emerging artists all performing July 5-15. The stellar roster of for the 51st edition includes Toronto R&B pop sensation The Weeknd, national folk-rock treasure, activist, singer-songwriter Neil Young (his only Canadian play this summer) and pop-prodigy Lorde who kicks off her UK tour with the Québec city performance joined by 80s feminist pop-icon Cyndi Lauper.
In addition, returning after their rained out performance in 2015, The Foo Fighters will finish what they started on the Plains of Abraham along with EDM duo The Chainsmokers, genre-bending avant-garde artist Beck, Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes, 90’s jam band legends Dave Mathews Band, and Atlanta rap-god Future, all performing on the legendary Bell stage this summer.
On July 9, In collaboration with the Center de la Francophonie of the Americas and the Congrès Mondial Acadien, the FEQ will deliver a platform for Francophone artists of all different backgrounds to come together for an evening celebrating our rich cultural history. Highly acclaimed Acadian artists will be joined by a number emerging Acadian musicians. More details of the Québec-Acadie event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Full list of artists from A - Z is available HERE
Regular sale of passes begins Thursday March 8th, 2018 at noon HERE . Passes are $100 until June 4th, 2018 and $110 from June 5th, 2018.
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK (CMW) is thrilled to announce the next wave of artists performing at this year’s festival taking place May 7-13, at over thirty official CMW venues across downtown Toronto. Atlanta MC, and trap rap king 2 Chainz, Canadian electronic solo artist Alice Glass, Seattle based DJ and producer Sango and indie-pop duo Matt and Kim, all join previously announced acts Sloan, Cupcakke, The Rural Alberta Advantage and more for the 36th edition.
2 Chainz, Alice Glass, Anemone, The Funk Hunters, Beauts, Billy Moon, Bridgette Bardon’t, Chippy Nonstop, Don’t Bother, Helena Deland, Isla Craig, J Blissette, ZONES, Heaven for Real, Jaunt, Johnson Crook, League of Wolves, Matt and Kim, Mauno, Moon King, Motel Raphael, Natalie Lynn, Petra Glynt, Possum, Sango, Shred Kelly, The Boom Booms, The Used, Tough Age, Goosebump, TRAITRS, Mundy’s Bay, Twin Bandit, WHIMM, WHOOP – Szo, WLMRT
Purchase wristbands & tickets here
A miniscule amount of knowledge about housing voucher programs in the US would have alerted the Social Planning Council of Toronto to the potential dangers associated with such an endeavour.
The number one thing I wanted to know as I listened to their speakers from places like the United Way, ISAC (the Income Security and Advocacy Center), and the ODSP Action Coalition.was how does the idea of a Portable Housing Benefit work together with the calls for commitments to Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Guaranteed Annual Income Pilot Program that has been rolled out in Hamilton, Lindsay, and Thunder Bay.
The truth is it doesn't.
The implementation of a Portable Housing Benefit would disempower individuals. It will prevent people from having any REAL choice while ensuring that the Social Planning Council and their member agencies still have a poor and unfortunate base to support. Without which it would be difficult for them to raise donation dollars, apply for grants, and supposedly earn their pay cheques.
On the other hand, giving money directly to those in need through an expanded Guaranteed Annual Income Program, would arguable be more empowering to the recipients and cost effective as the money goes directly to those in need. Thereby removing, the need for the overpaid middle men representing the charities and organizations that are profiting off the backs of the poor.
Overall, I was deeply disappointed with this forum. Especially considering that my three table mates appeared to have no clue what the proposed Portable Housing Benefit was all about.
That's disgraceful given that as I stated before the speeches even started ... "I'm the only one at this table that's not being paid to be here."
They have a similar set up in the U.S. According to Wikipedia "The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides "tenant-based" rental assistance, so a tenant can move from one unit of at least minimum housing quality to another." The phrase at 'least minimum housing quality' does not sound very homey to me.
Let's face it least minimum housing quality can slip pretty quickly into not housing quality in a hurry. The recent headlines of Toronto's Mayor Tory with his hand out to the provincial and federal governments for Capital Repairs in order to stop future closure of much needed subsidized units are an attestation to that fact.
Then there's the fact that the vouchers are only good for 30 days when many landlords (including TCHC) demands a tenant give 60 days notice.
Furthermore, there is the intrusiveness not only for those in need of a voucher, but, also for the landlords as the units need to be inspected to see if they actually meet the minimum standards.
Finally, there is the suburbanization of crime. Stats indicate that once housing vouchers are part of a communities rental economy there is incentive for undesirables to explore and expand into new territories.
Even if I was still all gung ho about the proposed Portable Housing Benefit, I would very much run the risk of ending up in a community that (from the outside) may look very different but would eventually inherit some, if not all, of the imperfections of my current neighbourhood.
That's not a risk I am willing to take. The evil that I know (and that knows me) is far better than the evil I don't.
Canadian Music Week announces the 18th Canadian Independent Music Awards – presented by Jim Beam with Indie88 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto on May 12. The annual event will feature performances by two time Juno award nominees The Rural Alberta Advantage, Vancouver based indie-folk rock trio Said the Whale, Toronto’s power pop rock band Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and the winner of the Jim Beam talent search.
Nominations are now open:
Part concert and part awards, the Indies are a celebration of national and international independent musicians making outstanding achievements in this area. Submit your nomination(s!) today for a chance to be recognized among industry peers, media and fans alike. Submissions are being accepted through indies.ca until March 16, 2018.
On-sale: March 2 @ 10:00 am here.
On February 28th, 2018 a group of approximately fifty people gathered at Metro Hall for the Portable Housing Benefit Forum put on by the Social Planning Council of Toronto.
Basically, the proposed Portable Housing Benefit would allow individuals to take their subsidies into the private housing rental market. Toronto Community Housing would no longer be their only option.
I, myself, have often been frustrated enough by the bureaucracy within North America's second largest social housing provider that I have requested the government attach the subsidies to the individuals instead of the units. Then I would move out.
TCHC is not exactly a social environment. This place more often resembles of a cross between a three-quarter way house (the stop in between a halfway house and a return to jail) and an addiction non-treatment center. There are no guards or social workers present to monitor, document, or deal with any of the issues that arise.
So, it's only natural, that if you still have a few of your marbles left, you would want an exit strategy. A portable housing benefit seems like it could be the answer.
Hold up a second. Not so fast.
TORONTO, ON - On February 28, MusiCounts, Canada's leading music education charity, announced that Laura Lee Matthie of Orillia Secondary School in Orillia, ON is the 2018 recipient of the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. The surprise announcement took place in Matthie's classroom with her excited students and colleagues. Matthie was honoured for her outstanding dedication to inspiring the musical growth of her students, with some going on to become music teachers themselves.
"Laura Lee has a long-standing reputation of excellence, and has made an impact on her students and the music education community," said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. "We're impressed by Laura Lee's teaching innovations, and how she has inspired students to pursue music beyond the classroom. We were honoured to visit Orillia Secondary School today and recognize Laura Lee as the 2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award recipient."
Matthie will receive $10,000 plus a significant contribution to her school's music program. In addition, she will experience VIP treatment throughout JUNO Week, receiving her Award at the Chairman's Reception, attending the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards and will walk the red carpet at the JUNO Awards Broadcast on March 25 in Vancouver.
Matthie has been a music teacher for 22 years, two and half of which have been spent at Orillia Secondary School. Matthie is the recipient of the 2015 Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) Excellence in Education Teaching Award, and shows her passion for music through her tireless efforts to promote music education in her school and community. Matthie has been working on a project called "Teachers Taking Out Grades" which is focused on the intrinsic value of learning rather than on the grade, resulting in a remarkable increase in engagement for her students. Matthie also serves as the Arts Department Chair at Orillia Secondary School, Treasurer of the Ontario Music Educators' Association and co-chair for the Ontario Music Educators' Conference. She delivers workshops within the school, her board and at faculties of education.
"It is a huge honour to receive this award," said Laura Lee Matthie. "It goes out to my students, all of my teachers and fellow colleagues across Canada. Thank you, MusiCounts."
Photo Credit: Barry Roden
Blossoming Canadian independent record label, Royal Mountain Records, in partnership with Lower Level, present their all-label curated festival at Rasberry Farm, a breathtaking and majestic outdoor summer green space within the expansive Royal Botanical Gardens. The single-day all-ages event on September 2nd, will feature a headline performance by Mac DeMarco as well as Calpurnia (fronted by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things), critically acclaimed art pop act U.S. Girls, and Montreal’s post-punks Ought. In addition, suburban cinematic soundscape act Dizzy, Canadian indie super-group TUNS (featuring members of Sloan, Inbreds, Superfriends), power-pop foursome Little Junior, and lo-fi prog-rock wunderkind Everett Bird will share the stage in the secluded outdoor grounds.
Royal Mountain at Rasberry Farm will provide a back-to-basics concert experience, where music fans can simply enjoy live music, surrounded by exquisite gardens and shady trees. The event grounds are general admission to ensure the same experience for all attendees - there will be no VIP or hospitality areas. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy 10 kilometers of walking trails and incredible lookout points to take in the natural beauty of the arboretum.
Concert cuisine for all guests will be curated by Anthony Rose (Rose and Sons, Big Crow, Fat Pasha). Guests will also have variety of options for food and beverages with Ontario based vendors located at the farmer’s market operating within the event grounds.
Rasberry Farm at Royal Botanical Gardens (The Arboretum)
20 Old Guelph Rd. Hamilton Ontario.
- Pre Sale: Thursday, March 1- 10am-10pm here:
- Public on-sale: Friday, March 2- 11am
Show: September 2, 2018. All Ages / $52.50 + fees / 3pm Doors / 3:30pm Show / 10:30pm Curfew
At the TCHC Board of Director's meeting last Friday the predominant topic of conversation was about the Ombudsperson's Report An Investigation Into Toronto Community Housing Corporations Medical and Safety at Risk Priority Transfer Process for Tenants. This was in large part due to the Ombudsperson herself showing up to depute a summary of findings to the Board. This event happened after the full report had been forwarded to City Hall and eventually made public.
Let's begin with a topic of discussion that is completely missing from the mainstream media's dialogue. According to the Ombudsman's Report An Investigation Into Toronto Community Housing Corporations Medical and Safety at Risk Priority Transfer Process for Tenants there are 1,413 approved households on the Medical and Safety at Risk priority list (1,069 Medical and 344 Safety at Risk.)
This report clearly indicates that a higher number of households are seeking transfers for medical reasons. Why is there absolutely no attempt to address their issues in this document? With many residents aging in place the accessibility of their home environments is going to continue to become an even greater issue. It is unrealistic to expect TCHC to rehouse them as their needs become more pronounced,
Toronto Community Housing should be looking at the least disruptive alternative of appropriate unit modifications that will increase a tenants ability to care of oneself and allow them to continue to be a contributing member of their own community. Assessing a tenants accessibility needs and providing the appropriate accommodations seems like something that could very well be facilitated during the annual review process. Thereby making that process truly tenant-centric. It goes without saying that this idea of unit modification would significantly decrease the bloat on the medical priority transfer list.
Another issue around the Medical and Safety at Risk Transfer Process was whether or not a tenants concerns about safety are valid. Even with all the accompanying documentation they needed to collect from Toronto Police Services (Did you realize that security reports aren't admissible for this process? Once again raising the question of why we have "special constables" in the first place.)
At the Board of Director's meeting the CEO Kathy Milsom questioned exactly how many units a household should be offered before they are either return to the bottom of, or removed from, the priority transfer list. Again the solution seems really simple. One strike, two strikes, three strikes and your back at the bottom, or off the transfer list (Not the priority one either.). According to TCHC's CEO there is one household that has been offered seven different locations. What are they waiting for? A beach front property with palm trees.
Finally, there was a comment made by Catherine Wilkinson decrying the fact that the Ombudsman's Office report goes straight to City Hall without TCHC Board of Director oversight/approval.
Well, I think we all need to be very careful about Board demands of full disclosure before any Ombudspersons report is forwarded to City Hall. Catherine Wilkinson initially mentioned concern with one other board member seconding her comments. As a tenant in TCHC I appreciate the fact that the Ombudsperson is an independent party who is answerable to City Hall and NOT TCHC's Board of Directors.
In this instance Catherine Wilkinson had a minor conflict a) with understanding the processes of the Ombudsperson's Office, b) with her roll as a "tenant rep" on the Board she should have let any questions regarding process fall to any of the other Board of Directors to mention, and c) as an avid promoter of OACH she knows that numbers are available regarding waitlists, as there are for evictions, but seems to have had tunnel vision during her tenure. I don't think she should have weighed in, or should I say began the dialogue, complaining about the Board not having a copy of the report before it went to City Hall. Seems a little bit like asking Olympic athletes to distribute the medals among themselves. No judges necessary.
The future design of the priority wait list is as clear as mud. All we know for certain is that the Ombudsperson recommended creating a Crisis category that would come equipped with new qualifying criteria. TCHC CEO Kathy Milsom is in full agreement. She appears committed to moving forward with developing a new priority transfer process. According to the Ombudsperson's report the biggest hurdle may be ensuring that Toronto Community Housing staff implement those changes in a fair and equitable manner.
(***Afterthought*** One further group of tenants that don't seem to be accounted for through the Medical or Safety at Risk Priority List nor the more mundane Over/Under-Housed List are those that are being displaced from communities that are undergoing revitalization. Where do they fit in to this hierarchy of those waiting for the few available subsidized units?)
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