Con­cert a com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion

Mu­sic for the Fu­ture draws full house for fundraiser

South Shore Breaker - - Local - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­[email protected]­

There was a full house at the

10th an­nual ben­e­fit con­cert and silent auc­tion for the Tusar­naarniq Sivu­mut As­so­ci­a­tion (Mu­sic for the Fu­ture) at the Ma­hone Bay Cen­tre on Satur­day,

Nov. 3, in sup­port of a mu­sic pro­gram that is reach­ing hun­dreds of youth on Baffin Is­land, Nu­navut.

“Over­all, it was a great cel­e­bra­tion,” said co-founder and chair­per­son of Mu­sic for the Fu­ture, Julie Lohnes-cashin.

“There was won­der­ful mu­sic, the per­form­ers were spot-on and hope­fully we raised some aware­ness of the work we are do­ing in Nu­navut. When we first started 10 years ago, that con­cert was one of our big­gest means of fundrais­ing, but what’s hap­pened is it’s re­ally grown into a com­mu­nity event; kind of a thank you and a cel­e­bra­tion of our pro­gram.

“Al­though it is still an im­por­tant fundraiser, the fo­cus is not as much on fundrais­ing as it is on cel­e­brat­ing.”

The con­cert and silent auc­tion raised a net profit of more than $5,500, said Lohnes-cashin, which will be used to help

Mu­sic for the Fu­ture con­tinue de­liv­er­ing fid­dle work­shops to mul­ti­ple com­mu­ni­ties on Baffin Is­land — a prac­tice that was un­in­ten­tion­ally started in

2007, af­ter the first fid­dle work­shop was or­ga­nized by LohnesCashin, who had spent three years teaching in Pond In­let, Nu­navut, and was leav­ing to come back to Nova Sco­tia.

“Tech­ni­cally, I wasn’t plan­ning to or­ga­nize an­other work­shop,” she said, but when the stu­dents asked if they would be back next year, she couldn’t say no. “I said ‘yes, we’ll make it hap­pen,’” Lohnes-cashin added and or­ga­nizied an­other fid­dle work­shop in 2008.

Know­ing there was other in­ter­est in other com­mu­ni­ties, the Tusar­naarniq Sivu­mut As­so­ci­a­tion, which trans­lated means Mu­sic for the Fu­ture was of­fi­cially in­cor­po­rated in 2009 to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for Inuit youth in Nu­navut to learn mu­sic.

Since then, gui­tarist Greg Simm (Nova Sco­tia) and fid­dle in­struc­tors Gor­don Sto­bbe, Trent Freeman and Kim de Lafor­est, have trav­elled to Nu­navut to con­duct fid­dle work­shops an­nu­ally and start­ing this year, fid­dle work­shops are held in both the spring and fall in the com­mu­ni­ties of Pond In­let, Qik­iq­tar­juaq, Pang­nir­tung, Hall Beach and Igloo­lik, teaching tra­di­tional fid­dle mu­sic.

“This past Oc­to­ber, they worked with 300 stu­dents in five com­mu­ni­ties (which is) a large per­cent­age of the youth in each com­mu­nity,” said Lohnes-cashin, where the pop­u­la­tion ranges from 650 to about 1,700 peo­ple.

“We’re see­ing a lot of pos­i­tive re­sults.”

Lohnes-cashin said Mu­sic for the Fu­ture does con­duct other fundrais­ing cam­paigns through­out the year such as seek­ing dona­tions from donors.

“We also have great sup­port through some other char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions who do­nate each year. We are also ex­tremely grate­ful to Cana­dian North, our air­line of choice. For 2018-19, they’re pro­vid­ing ba­si­cally 100 per cent of all our flights from Ottawa to the com­mu­ni­ties in the North, twice per year, times two mu­si­cians. That sup­port is huge for us to be able to do what we do, but ul­ti­mately we’re grate­ful to all our donors and sup­port­ers,” she said, adding they are look­ing for­ward to the next 10 years.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Mu­sic for the Fu­ture, visit www. mu­sic­forthe­fu­

Garry Wood­cock

Mu­si­cian Greg Simm per­forms at the 10th an­nual Mu­sic for the Fu­ture ben­e­fit con­cert at the Ma­hone Bay Cen­tre on Satur­day, Nov. 3, in sup­port of a mu­sic pro­gram that is reach­ing hun­dreds of youth on Baffin Is­land, Nu­navut.

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