2nd annual esme festival

Dear Music Colleagues,

esme (expanding success in music education) in partnership with the tdsb is pleased to invite you to participate in our second annual non-competitive music festival. Last year was a blast and we hope to continue the fun as well as add a few things (set of evening performances for small groups, jam rooms, etc.)

This event, which will be held at C.W. Jefferys C.I. (TDSB) on Thursday, February 26th, 2015, is open to all school boards and all varieties of musical ensembles. We are excited to add an evening option for small groups which will take place at The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto) on February 27th.

Often, in order to engage all of our students we find ourselves teaching classes or running extra-curricular groups with very non-traditional instrumentation, structure, or repertoire, which can make it difficult to find performance opportunities for our students. It is our hope that this festival will give your school a chance to showcase different groupings and/or styles of musical programming, including, but certainly not limited to, rock band, improvisation, hip-hop, DJ-ing, composition/arranging, sound exploration, rap, and unique instrumentation.

Participating in this festival, students will have a chance to perform for their peers, hear other student music, and receive meaningful feedback in a very relaxed and supportive environment. Following performances, students will take part in interactive workshops with guest artists. Already confirmed for this event is musician Dave Clark (Woodshed Orchestra, Gord Downie, Rheostatics).

Below is a tentative look at the schedule for the day (26th):
8:30-9:30am        Check in/set-up
9:30-11:30am       Morning Session
11:30-12:30pm     Lunch Break (students should pack a lunch for this day)
12:30-2:30pm      Afternoon Session
And for the evening (27th): 7pm doors, and 8pm performances start

Finally, we would also like to keep this festival very student focused. For this reason, we ask that each ensemble assign a student mc to introduce/speak on behalf of their group.

Thank you for your interest and support. If you have any questions, please email douglas.friesen@tdsb.on.ca or kayla.garrett@tdsb.on.ca.