First Earth-Space Music Monday Concert
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield performed live from space as part of this year’s Music Monday Showcase Concert. He joined school music groups at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto to sing I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing), this year’s official Music Monday song co-written with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education and CBCMusic. Following the nation-wide concert, Hadfield spoke with Music Monday music makers. The full concert was streamed live online thanks to the Canadian Space Agency. In addition to Commander Hadfield, performers included:
Wexford Gleeks choir from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. The Gleeks performed on the CBCMusic song video premiere with Commander Hadfield and Ed Robertson
West Humber Collegiate Institute Steel Pan Band led by Joe Cullen
Emilie Mover and band – recording artists, 2013 Juno nominee for Best Children’s Album Stella and Sam
Melanie Doane – recording artist and the Toronto “A” Ukulele ensemble
MMR Drumline – 2012 ODA Provincial Champions directed by Carolyn French and Andrew Thies
E.C. Drury School for the Deaf – students will join us for a “Sign-Along” led by Patti Trofimenkoff
Music Monday Showcase Event- Vancouver
The Coalition for Music Education in BC joined forces with TELUS World of Science, aka Science World, to host a day of music celebration and learning. The day started with Elementary and Secondary school ensembles in a massed performance – conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – of I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing ) that coincided with the live link from space with Commander Hadfield.
Master of Ceremonies Red Robinson then introduced an hour-long concert by the schools’ musicians – who were joined by “uniformed professionals” (medical practitioners, first responders, lawyers, chefs and others who attribute their success in their chosen professions at least in part to their study and love of music). Following the concert, the musicians enjoyed a preview of exhibits from the upcoming music-and-science exhibit Amped! and participated in a series of the science-of-music activities.
In Winnipeg, the Music Monday Concert concluded the “Celebrating Music in Manitoba Schools Month” with a concert of more than 200 performers held at the Manitoba Legislative Buildings and hosted by Minister of Education, Nancy Allan.