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DAREarts Toronto Week-in-Review: January 12 – 16

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Monday: Active Listening to the Classics

Victor Feldbrill & DAREarts Delegates Dean Don McLean & DAREarts Delegates

At the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, our Grade 5 delegates were met by Victor Feldbrill, former conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and recipient of the Order of Canada, who regaled the children with stories about Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Handel. The class was then joined by Contralto Sarah Hicks, who taught a song to the melody of the Rejouissance from Handel’s Fireworks. At Long & McQuade, world-renowned violinist Moshe Hammer taught the children how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the violin.

Shout outs!

Shout outs to Tess for her respect toward both Mr. Hammer and the violin she shared with her peers, and to Simran for showing her leadership through active participation, especially during the morning’s singing! A special thank you to Dean Don McLean and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music for hosting our morning and supporting the delegates!

 Tuesday: Getting Tactile with Textiles

DAREarts Delegates Our Grade 4 students explored a wealth of textile history at the Textile Museum. On their tour of 16th Century to present day Middle Eastern carpets, the students observed many of the raw materials that are used to create fabrics, and how the materials are converted into fabric by being spun and woven on a loom. In the afternoon, the class decorated custom-made obi sashes created by seamstress Ildiko Hencz.

Shout outs!

Shout outs to Adam for his excellent volume and confidence in giving a direction to the class, and to Meklit for her inner discipline, shown through her time management throughout the day.

 Wednesday: FN History and Leadership

Our Grade 5 delegates began their day at the Royal Ontario Museum, where the class explored the arrival of French immigrants in 17th Century Canada from a First Nations perspective. The delegates explored long houses, birch bark canoes, beaver pelts, plus over 25 different artifacts that allowed them to contrast tools from both European immigrants and First Nations peoples across Canada. In the afternoon, the students successfully ran their own rehearsal sessions for their cumulative Promenade Showcase.

Shout outs!

Shout outs to Nia for leading her class with kindness and respect, and for her confidence as she kept the class on track, to Amira for her maturity and patience in helping her peers get caught up on performance pieces they had missed, and to Megan for her excellent encouragement and positive feedback for her peers throughout rehearsal!

 Thursday: Song Writing in Harmony

DAREarts Delegates Our Grade 8 class was presented with the daunting task of writing a song together from start-to-finish in only one program day. Greeted by Juno-nominated musician Glenn Marais and singer Antonella Cavallero. They created both the music and lyrics, defining a melody and then adding in their singing voices. They finished the day by working together to record their completed hit single.

Shout outs!

Shout outs to Daniel for his leadership throughout the song-writing process and for being generous with sharing his thoughts, and to Lashaiya for singing with full volume and enthusiasm, and for offering positive feedback and encouragement to her peers. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the day’s three volunteers, DAREarts grad Clover, singer Antonella Cavallero, and Photographer Alan Dunlop for donating their time and talents in order to make today extra special for our Grade 8 class!

 Friday: Stories through Art  

DAREarts Delegates We started at the Royal Ontario Museum, where our Grade 4 delegates explored the many powers that existed in Europe during the 16th and 17th Centuries. During their ROM tour, a magical moment occurred when a parent commented on the class’s incredible behaviour! In the afternoon, the delegates directed themselves through their rehearsal for their Promenade Showcase. It was inspiring to see how the delegates organized themselves and encouraged excellence amongst each other with minimal guidance from our teaching team, using their own teamwork to successfully perfect their many performance pieces.

Shout outs!

We’d like to send shout outs to Yuvraj for sharing his knowledge of geography and history during that morning’s tour, and Jayden for demonstrating leadership by example and for supporting his team during the afternoon’s rehearsal! We’d like to extend a special thank you to Wells Fargo and United Way Worldwide for presenting a special donation to DAREarts at today’s class, and for giving each child a gift bag!


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