ADDICTED & The Arts community come together to support at-risk kids

When I started ADDICTED I was trying to change my own life, and now, 5 years later, we try our best to use it to do as much good as we can. So when we heard about Sistema Toronto we just had to use our voice and show our support.

Sistema Toronto is a registered charity that provides opportunities to at-risk children in three of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods – Parkdale, Jane-Finch, and East Scarborough. Their 250 students develop important social skills such as empathy, respect, and kindness while learning to play music together.

They receive instruction on orchestral instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass), percussion, choir, and Music & Movement after school for ten hours per week and receive a healthy snack each day all at no cost to participants’ families.

When I first heard about the program, I was so moved by the fact that there was even a program that is teaching things like empathy and respect, something that I personally found lacking in my schooling, and since we are all about supporting the arts, and the fact that Sistema Toronto found a way to marry the two, well, how can you not support the cause.


And support we will!

Sistema will be holding their annual fundraiser in the coming weeks. We’ve been told it’s bound to be a great night with delicious food, great cocktails, fantastic music, and, yours truly and my right-hand lady Nadia will be there as well.

The Red Violin – a fundraiser in support of Sistema Toronto
 takes place:
Sunday, April 8 | 7-10 pm
The Spoke Club, 600 King Street West
Tickets are available for purchase via Eventrbite.


“With long waiting lists at all of our centres, the pressure is on for us to have our most successful event yet. Coming out to The Red Violin is an easy way to play your part in helping the community. You get a fun night out and an at-risk child gets a life-changing opportunity,” says Executive Director, Christie Gray.


Guests at The Red Violin can expect a fun evening of food, drink, comedy and music with all proceeds to support Sistema Toronto. The goal is to raise at least $14,000, enough for four new students’ participation in Sistema Toronto for one year.

Here’s to hoping they double that will a little help from all of us.


For more on Sistema Toronto visit their website today at 



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Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!