If there’s something out there that’s better than good music, it’s good music that does good things, and that’s what Ceol Kids is all about. Ceol Kids is an annual fundraiser put on by the indie music community right here in Toronto in support of the Regent Park School of Music, an organization that works to provide low cost, high quality music lessons to youth in Regent Park and other priority neighbourhoods in Toronto. On April 4th at the iconic El MOcambo, some of the brightest talents in the Toronto indie music scene will lend their talents to help raise money and awareness for this great cause.
Ceol Kids was born one fun night where music was prominent and a party was well underway. What began as an impromptu performance of thirty randomly selected cover songs turned into an incredibly creative way to raise money and awareness for a great cause. The Regent Park School of Music is one of Toronto’s most diverse music schools, with a mandate to provide music education to youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Located in a little house on Queen Street East, they also operate satellite programs in other high need areas of the city where children receive extra-curricular music lessons in the safe and familiar space of their own community school. For as little as $2 a lesson kids in these areas can receive a great music education, and and are able to borrow instruments from the school for practising at home if they can’t afford their own. Says organizer Julian Vardy, “as someone who had the privilege of growing up in a home where musical education was affordable, I feel it is important to ensure that all kids get that chance.” And through Ceol Kids, Vardy is helping to make it happen.
Not only is Ceol Kids raising money for a great cause, they’re doing it in an incredibly fun and creative way. Vardy has brought together a bunch of local singers and musicians from various Toronto bands, including Little Foot Long Foot, Christian D and the Hangovers, and several others. The performers collaborate to play an eclectic mix of songs as chosen by donors at www.ceolkids.com. Donors nominated songs to the night’s setlist. Once nominated the songs received donations, and the twenty five songs that raised the most funds will now become the setlist for the night of the event. From fan favorites, to songs chosen solely to challenge performers, and others to embarrass them, the event is shaping up to be extremely entertaining. In the past, songs from the likes of Black Sabbath, Tegan and Sarah, Stompin Tom Connors, to the Muppet Show Theme song made it on the list. While nominations for songs are now closed, it’ll definitely be interested and excited to see what made the cut, and how it gets played! As an added bonus this year, Chris Murphy from Sloan has even agreed to sing on a song or two, and that will be something to see.
So buy a ticket to the show at www.ceolkids.com, and come on out to the El Mocambo this Friday (April 4th), and hang out with the Addicted crew while raising money for the Regent Park School of Music.