September 19, 2013The Hamilton Music Collective is pleased to announce that An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC) has received $35,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for the purchase of musical instruments for the 2013-14 school year. AIFEC is the successful Hamilton inner-city free music program for children in Grades 1 through 4. The AIFEC program is now in six Hamilton schools: Holy Name of Jesus, Dr. J. Edgar Davey, Memorial, Prince of Wales, Cathy Wever, and Hess Street School.
September 2, 2013There's lots of fun and activity coming up on the AIFEC calendar in September. On Saturday, September 14, AIFEC takes part in Hamilton's Supercrawl with the AIFEC Petting Zoo, and on Sunday, September 15th AIFEC presents an interactive concert at Telling Tales at Westfield Pioneer Village.
August 14, 2013We would like to express our appreciation for the numerous donations received in memory of Chris Kotan. Chris was an inspiring teacher with the Halton District School Board at Montclair Public School. He loved rock music, playing his guitar, and spending time with family and friends. He especially loved his career as a teacher and always tried to make learning fun for his students, which is also the mandate of the Instrument for Every Child Program. So many children will benefit from these donations, they are a wonderful way to honour his memory and pass along the gift of music to a new generation.
July 8, 2013A series of ‘End-of-Year’ performances in five inner-city schools signalled a celebration of the third successful year of the four year pilot project for An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC). The school concerts for parents and students were held at Cathy Wever Public School (year 1 of the AIFEC program), Prince of Wales, Memorial, Dr. Edgar J. Davey, and Holy Name of Jesus. The concerts gave 200 children the opportunity to perform as “mini orchestras” for their appreciative audiences. In September 2013, AIFEC will be expanding to a sixth inner-city Hamilton school, Hess Street Public School.