We support music and arts advancement opportunties for youth
The mandate of The Minstrel Foundation for Music & Arts Advancement is to support the learning experience of economically challenged children and youth at risk. We support programs that benefit inner city youth and new immigrant communities within Toronto and the neighbouring areas.
A professional quality music education has proven to increase a child's IQ resulting in higher academic performance in both math and science. Further benefits include improved speech and reading abilities in addition to the enhancement of teamwork skills and personal self discipline.
Through the Minstrel Foundation, kids from our inner city neighbourhoods can take music lessons throughout the school year in a number of programs, attend music camps during school breaks and in the summer and futher their music education at the advanced level through a Minstrel Foundation scholarship.
SAVE THE DATE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29th 2017 OUR SPECIAL 20th ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISING EVENT
Our 2017 Fundraising Event, which this year will be our special 20th Anniversary celebration, will be held by popular demand at Casa Loma. Join us on November 29th for a spectacular evening of entertainment, food and drinks featuring the magical Casa Loma and its rooms of Christmas trees decorated by leading Canadian designers.
Information on Sponsorships and group arrangements is now available from Susan Collins through the Minstrel Foundation office at 416-944-8244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Fundraising Events
HOLIDAY STARS 2016 AT CASA LOMA
Our 2016 fundraising evening was held on November 29th, 2016 in the spectacular surroundings of Casa Loma amid all the designer Christmas trees that light up the Castle’s rooms during the holiday season. We were mesmerized by the aerialist who floated down from the ceiling and by the performances of Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Liz Rodrigues, Maxwell Tong, Dr. Draw and our DJ Eric Ling.
SIP, SAVOUR & CELEBRATE 2015 AT WYCHWOOD BARNS
Our 2015 fundraising event was held at Wychwood Barns on November 18th as 200 excited patrons gathered t0 hear jazz from the award winning Humber College Community Jazz Quartet, performances by Minstrel students Lucas Lui, Vivid Ma, Maxwell Tong, Lisa Liu and Jessica Huyhn, and special appearances by Minstrel alumni Eric Tan and Thompson Egbo-Egbo and his trio. Along with the outstanding performances there was a great music mix before and after by DJ Fase, cocktails from Disaronno, whiskey tastings from Collingwood, wine tastings from Peninsula Ridge Estates winery and beef tenderloin sliders to mini latkes from La Recolte Catering.
SIP, SAVOUR & CELEBRATE 2014 AT NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL
Over 180 partiers gathered on Sunday, Dec.7, at the National Ballet School, for Minstrel’s annual evening of entertainment, festive savouries, wine tasting and merriment. The Humber College Community Music School Jazz Quartet provided the music as guests sipped vodka from Finlandia and Jack Daniels whiskey. Wines were provided by Peninsula Ridge Wineries.
Along with the jazz group, guests cheered to the powerful vocal blues of Divine Brown, whose latest CD ‘Something Fresh’ shows just how divine Divine can be. Ms. Brown also spoke movingly about the importance of music to young people, particularly those from marginal neighborhoods. Thompson Egbo-Egbo, a Minstrel graduate accompanied Ms. Brown and also treated the crowd to one of his own compositions, ``Trinity`` from his own CD ‘Short Stories’. Other star performers included current Minstrel scholarship recipients Maxwell Tong, aged 12, on the piano, tiny delightful Celine Tan, just 11, on the violin, and the incredibly talented and award-winning Cindy Hong whose fingers fairly danced through a classical guitar piece.