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  • ANNUAL REPORT 2017

    HELPING KIDS SUCCEED THROUGH MUSIC

  • HELPING KIDS SUCCEED THROUGH MUSIC

    Ifeoma, e arly childhood music

    Since 1999, kids from high-risk neighbourhoods have studied music with Regent Park School of Music. Thanks to our most generous friends this year 1,000 kids across Toronto are now thriving through music.

    RPSM students are unique, and our goal is two-fold: to give them a quality music education and to help them succeed. Inspiring them, engaging them and giving them a sense of accomplishment, belonging and choice is uppermost in the minds of our 80 music faculty working across Toronto. Unlike any other music school in the city, our students can choose from a dizzying array of private, ensemble, and small and large group music lessons and are offered once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities, to help them develop all the right skills and traits to shine in everything they do.

    Something magical is happening here at RPSM - on stage the kids are learning to sing, play and perform, while backstage we are building their character, confidence and self-esteem. Year after year we watch our students grow, flourish, graduate high school and go on to college and university all with our secret weapon: MUSIC.

    We are so grateful to you for investing in these remarkable children and for making Toronto a better place. Thank you.

    RICHARD MARSELLA Executive Director Regent Park School of Music

    MARTIN ABEL Chair, Board of Directors Regent Park School of Music

  • in REGENT PARK JANE & FINCH

    PARKDALE and other high priority

    neighbourhoods

    Piano Violin CREATIVITY Classical Guitar TRUMPET Flute CELLO HARP Saxophone VOICE PURPOSE CHOIR Steel Pan

    BUCKET DRUMMING iPad Percussion TEAMWORK Recorder RESILIENCE Hand Chimes MELODICA Electric Guitar Turntable

    Nonsense Orchestra Clarinet LEADERSHIP Song Writing Ukulele CURIOSITY Early Childhood Music

    Fiddle THEORY PERSEVERANCE LIFE SKILLS Music Ear Training Composition

    TABLA HISTORY Harmony GRIT Found Sound

    OUR STUDENTS ARE LEARNING

    Osborn, e arly childhood music

  • HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

    500 STUDENTS

    in Regent Park learned everything from classical music to sound engineering,

    performing in over 70 events and sailing through over 80

    Royal Conservatory of Music exams

    200 STUDENTS

    in Jane & Finch took part in a year-long musical adventure, complete with summer camps

    thanks to the incredible Carswell Family

    1,000 STUDENTSfound joy in over 40,000 hours

    of music education

    Josh, choir & piano Jess, recorder/melodica Aleen sa xophone & piano

  • 52 STUDENTS

    explored music in our pilot projects for children with

    special needs and youth in refugee shelters and youth

    justice programs

    141 STUDENTS

    at First Nations School of Toronto (every child in the

    school) continued to take weekly music lessons with

    RPSM faculty

    107 STUDENTS

    in Parkdale took music, right alongside Nai, the

    Syrian Childrens Refugee Choir under RPSMs

    musical direction

    12 STUDENTS

    graduated . . . all bound for college

    & universit y

    Eugenie violin

  • OUR INCREDIBLE 2017 RPSM GRADUATES

    12 STUDENTS

    are graduating from RPSM this year and

    all of them are university & college bound.

    Here are 8 of them. We are so proud of them. Thank you

    for investing in their lives and future.

    Zuhab computer science, uoft

    Avril nursing, western

  • Catherine life sciences, uoft

    Fatou life sciences, uoft

    Michael business management, ryerson

    plus (not in the photo):

    Cindy, Engineering, UofT Jackson, Kinesiology, McGill

    Piaras, Fashion, Ryerson Rachelle, Graphic Design, George Brown

    Tamoyah criminology, windsor

    Tamla music, western

    Isabel accounting & finance,

    waterloo

  • $500,000+

    Carswell Family Foundation

    $100,000$200,000

    The Ralph M. Barford Foundation

    $50,000$99,999

    Sun Life Financial Anonymous

    $25,000$49,999Peter Gilgan Foundation

    Charles H. Ivey FoundationLinda Javorski

    Manulife

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services

    ScotiabankDale Varney

    The Ward FamilyWilliam R. Waters

    R. Howard Webster Foundation

    $10,000$24,999J.P. Bickell Foundation

    Martin BlakeAaron Brock Foundation

    The Buchan Family FoundationBurgundy Asset Management Ltd

    Cadillac FairviewCIBC Childrens Foundation

    Wanda & Mark CowieDonner Canadian Foundation

    East Harbour, First Gulf Corp and Colliers InternationalThe Evershed FamilyFigLeaf and Friends

    Penny Fine & Hugh Furneaux

    The Giving Tree Foundation of Canada

    Katja B. Goldman & Michael W. Sonnenfeldt

    Harbinger*Patrick Hodgson Family Foundation

    David & Elizabeth HowardThe Kololian Foundation

    Labatt Breweries of CanadaListen Communications*

    The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation

    The Minstrel FoundationPeter Naylor

    Ontario Arts Council

    Jane OrtonProvince of Ontario, Ontario 150

    GrantRBC Foundation

    Barrie D. Rose, Karen Solomon & Family

    The Conn Smythe FoundationTD Bank Group

    TELUSTippet Foundation

    Toronto Arts CouncilToronto Foundation

    Julian Vardys CEOL KIDSAnonymous (2)

    THANK YOU FROM ALL THE KIDS AT RPSM

    We are pleased to recognize the following

    individuals and organizations for their generous gift, current

    pledge, third party event and sponsorship of $1,000

    or more, over the past fiscal year (July 1, 2016 to

    June 30, 2017).

  • * In-kind donations of $20,000+. We strive for accuracy in our listings. Please contact us to let us know of any errors or omissions. Margarita, piano

    $5,000$9,999Martin Abel & Kathleen FlynnBitove FoundationS.M. Blair Family FoundationMichael & Catherine BradleyCarpenters and Allied Workers

    Local 27Choir! Choir! Choir!Earlaine CollinsDuboc Family Foundation at Toronto

    FoundationElement Fleet Management The Mariano Elia Foundation

    Judith Hinchman & Patrick GarverHUBIvest PropertiesJJR Private CapitalKensington CapitalMcCarthy Ttrault FoundationJohn McGowanThe McLean FoundationJudith & Clinton MillerNEI InvestmentsE&G Odette FoundationJoe & Lucie Pal

    Pioneering Technology Corporation Q107The Racioppo Family FoundationDavid & Jennifer SmithThe St. Andrews Charitable Foundation

    and the Christina Mary Hendrie TrustSterling Achievement Fund at Toronto

    FoundationGary & Louise SugarThe Sumach by ChartwellThe WB Family FoundationAnonymous (2)

    $1,000$4,999Linda & Magid AbrahamAlberto AcostaDavid AllenThe Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

    FoundationNancy AustinAventine Asset Management BKs Hootenany Andrew & Ann BrownLise BuissonThe Lloyd Carr-Harris FoundationDavid & Valerie ChristieMitchell CohenGerald ConnorMarsha CoppDAddario FoundationJ.S. DarvilleBrad & Gigi DooresThe Duke Ellington SocietyGordon DuMaresqRod & Rebecca FallowAbraham & Marcy FishTom GallagherGive a JamPatricia GouinlockGreenwin Inc.Guild Electric Charitable FoundationNiall & Katherine HaggartChris Hatley & Lindy Cowan

    Heathbridge Capital Management The Howitt/Dunbar FoundationMarvin Israelow & Dorian GoldmanJackman FoundationJAZZ.FM91Kingsway-Lambton United Church

    WomenThe Kiwanis Club of Toronto FoundationDonald & Karen LangKaren & Fred Leitner (Bernard

    & Norton Wolf Family Foundation)The Leonard FoundationVicki LoftusMarion MacKenzieMorton Mandelbaum FoundationMaybank Friesen FamilyMondelz InternationalAlice J. MorganBill Morneau & Nancy McCainnewchoirJohn & Maire PercyAlex PettesPUPtheband Rochon Genova LLPRoy Russell Memorial FundSamuel, Son & Co., LimitedSiriusXMMarsha SlivkaJames & Leslie Snell

    Steve and Sally Stavro Family FoundationStellar CitizensCathy StreutkerStephen Douglas SwordChris TaylorDennis TmejJohn H. WalkerWebb Family FoundationThe Henry White Kinnear FoundationJane WilliamsonCharles & Marilyn WrightYES YES YALL + DUDEBOXAnonymous (6)

  • WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

    Regent Park School of Music has been home to some of my most cherished memories. Studying voice, violin and music theory has affirmed by lifelong passion for music, helped me gain confidence and satisfied my thirst for knowledge. CINDY

    I am honoured and happy to have spent my youth with such inspiring teachers here at Regent Park School of Music. Thank you for supporting something extremely essential in my life: music. ELIZABETH

    RPSM has brought me happiness and has granted me insight on the value of hard-work and dedication to succeed beyond expectations. ZUHAB

    Regent Park School of Music is an amazing place to grow to be the best that you can be and it opens many doors for the future. HOLLY

    Melissa, choir and voice

  • 2017 Audited financial statements are available upon request. Just call 416.364.8900.

    WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM

    Thanks to our great friends, we raised $1,460,000 to give 1,000 young people music this year

    PRIVATE FUNDING Contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations are vital to give children music year after year and help them succeed.

    64%

    CRESCENDO 2017 Presented by Manulife and led by Sharon Hudson and Sherry Evershed, our amazing CRESCENDO 2017 Co-Chairs.

    20%

    6% TUITION FEES Students families pay as little as $1 a lesson & PERFORMANCE HONORARIA students performed at over 70 events.

    GOVERNMEN