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A world of wine in support of SONG

Another fabulous chance to support SONG while winning big!

 The members of Safe Harbour have been busy! They’ve prepared not one but two amazing raffles to raise funds for SONG.

The winners of this second raffle will take home:

First prize– A basket of 15 Vintages “Wines of the World.” (valued at approximately $300)
Second prize -A gourmet food basket and gift certificate from Herma’s Fine Foods (valued at $100)
Third prize – a $50 gift certificate to Craft Food House in Cobourg.


Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25, and the winner will be drawn at Safe Harbour’s fundraising concert on Saturday June 17.

All proceeds from this raffle will be donated to the SONG program.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, please contact Derrick at

Good luck, and thank you!

A win-win situation

blackwood etching

“June visit,” (2000) by David Blackwood

Signed and dated by the artist.  Image size: 9 ¾” x 8”. Framed.
Etching valued at $2,500.

Be one of only 100 people to have the opportunity to win this incredible piece of art, generously donated by David Blackwood. The image depicts a cluster of emblematic blue iris in the  foreground of a Newfoundland landscape, and is an evocative example of Mr. Blackwood’s work.

In support of the SONG program, the Safe Harbour mentor choir is selling 100 raffle tickets for this exclusive etching. Tickets are $40, and the winner will be drawn at Safe Harbour’s fundraising concert on Saturday June 17.

All proceeds from this raffle will be donated to the SONG program.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, please contact Derrick at

Thank you for your support, and good luck!

How does SONG make you feel?

On Thursday I asked the kids in the Port Hope SONG choirs to think about the following questions:

  1. How does SONG make you feel?
  2. What is your favourite part of SONG?

Without any discussion, they were each given their own colorful oversized post-it note and a pencil crayon and told to write or draw their reactions to these questions.

The giggles and chatter and movement around the room were infectious, as all the kids seem to love when we throw something unexpected their way. When they were finished, we posted  their drawings and notes on the board and each child stood up to share what they had written with the group.

Mar 2017 post its

When I got home I took all of their messages and compiled them into this graphic, which puts a BIG smile on my face.

PH SONG wordle Mar 2017

SONG makes me happy too!!

  • posted by Shannon Linton, SONG Choral Facilitator

Strings in the Community

17035465_10155166630603514_714959638_n-2Our community offers some amazing learning opportunities for young string players! One of them is the Friends of Music concert series. This organization has been bringing internationally recognized Canadian artists to Port Hope for over 40 years. They have always been very welcoming to young music students, and their parents (because how else can students get to a concert?) On Sunday, February 12, four junior students from SONG’s string program attended the concert by the Cecilia String Quartet at Port Hope’s Capitol Theatre. Pictured are Brandon, and Annabella, both of whom play violin but are also learning cello.

Attending a live performance is a very different experience from listening to recorded music, or even watching on a screen. There is something special about the energy shared between the performers and the audience in real time, uninfluenced by camera work and audio engineering. The students were all very interested in watching the many techniques displayed by this fine ensemble – including some surprisingly unusual ways of playing their instruments during a piece by a contemporary Canadian composer.

One of the special features of the Friends of Music concerts is that they always host a “meet the artists” reception after the concert. We got to meet the players and enjoy some treats. This does not happen in larger centres. It gives the students the opportunity to recognize that exceptional performers are still “real people”.

Another excellent organization for young musicians is the La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra – LJYO. This group meets every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Port Hope. Students who audition for orchestra usually have an intermediate level of ability on their instrument and are committed to further developing their skills through musical challenges. As with SONG, they are supported by adult mentors, and they learn to work as a team.

Every year, LJYO puts on a concert in February called “In the Spotlight”, featuring soloists from the orchestra. In addition, they highlight the work that is being done to prepare young string students for orchestral playing.  In the first year of SONG’s string program, a group of ten students performed Twinkle for their first time at this concert. This year, five students from SONG – including one cellist! –  participated in the reading ensemble at the LJYO concert, marking a significant step forward in their progress as string players. They also got close up seats to watch the rest of the concert! Thanks to the parents and volunteers Nicole, Rebecca, Marsden and Eitan, who supported these students in this important milestone!



So much to be thankful for!

It is an enormous pleasure to be able to announce that our Strength in Numbers matching campaign surpassed it’s goal! We are unbelievably lucky to have such a supportive community, and received nearly $9,000 in donations. Add to that the $5,000 pledged by our anonymous Christmas angel, and it totals close to $14,000!

All funds donated will directly benefit the SONG music program, and we have one thing to say to all our supporters:

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Together at Christmas
Saturday December 17 at 3pm
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Lynn Hardy
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