Community Music Organizations

The following are community music programs in the Jane and Finch area that were in operation pre-COVID. This list is not exhaustive.

Jane and Finch

Beyond Sound Empijah
Instrument: Drumming workshops
Contact: beyondsoundempijahin.wixsite.com/beyondsound
Phone:(416)301-9142,(416)836-5592
Location: 49 Frankton Crescent, North York, ON, M3J 1C2

 

Jane-Finch Reaching Up Music School
Instrument: choir, piano, violin, guitar, and clarinet
Age: Grade 3 and older, also adults
Fee: not disclosed
Affiliation: University Presbyterian Church
Contact: Phone: 416-663-3281
Website: reachingup.ca/music-club
Location:  1830 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M3N 1M8

 

Jane and Finch BGC: Drop the Beat Studio
Instrument: Music writing skills, beat production skills, music industry knowledge
Age:  6 -13+ years
Fee: not disclosed
Affiliation: St. Albans BCG
Contact: Risa Antoine – Community Director: Phone: 416-636-6650
risa@stalbansclub.ca
Julian Campbell– Youth Services Manager : Phone: 416-638-8884
julian@stalbansclub.ca
Cindy Taylor – Children’s Program Coordinator: Phone: 416-636-6650
Location: Music Sound Studio at the Youth Center at 308 B Grandravine Drive, North York M3N 2M1

 

Ngoma Ensemble
Instrument: African Drumming and Dancing
Age: 5 to 14 years
Fee: not disclosed
Affiliation: Dance Immersion’s Youth Arts Program (YAP)
Contact: Yvonne Francis
yayfrancis@rogers.com
Phone: 416-301-9142
Website: www.ngomaensemble.com
Location:  Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane Street (Jane north of Finch)

 

Pan Fantasy
Instrument: Steelpan band
Age: Children, youth, adults
Affiliation: The North York Inter-Community Youth Group
Contact: Wendy Jones
Phone: 416-286-7756  or 416-567-9103
Website: panfantasysteelband.com
Location:  Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Road, Bldg 38, unit 21, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

RPSM – Jane and Finch
Instrument: classical piano, strings, voice, brass, wind and percussion to electronic music, songwriting, and recording
Age:  4 -18 years
Fee: Subsidized fee based on family income
Contact: Richard Marsella
jf@rpmusic.org
Website: rpmusic.org
Location: 45 Norfinch Dr, North York, ON M3N 1W8

 

Sistema
Instrument:  strings (violin, viola, cello, or double bass), percussion, choir and music & movement
Age: Senior Kindergarten, Gr 1, Gr 2
Contact: info@sistema-toronto.ca
Website: www.sistema-toronto.ca
Location: Yorkwoods Public School
25 Yorkwoods Gate, North York, ON M3N 1K1

 

The Hammer Band
Instrument: Violin
Age: Grade 1 – 9
Contact: Moshe Hammer, Executive & Artistic Director:
Michael Dodge, Program Manager
TheHammerBand@gmail.com
Phone: (416) 440-2600
Website: thehammerband.com
Location:  In 19 schools throughout BlackCreek, Jane and Finch, and Downsview

 
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The following are community music programs in the Greater Toronto Area sorted according to their focus on music from a specific location, nation and/or region.

Africa and Afrodiasporic

Afiwi Groove School
Instrument: dance and drumming
Contact: Sanaaj Mirrie
info@afiwigrooveschool.com
400 Monarch Ave, Unit 11
Ajax, ON, L1S 2G6
afiwigroove.com
647-393-8035

 

African Dance Ensemble (ADE)
InstrumentSinging, Dancing. Drumming
Contact:Isaac Akrong
contact@afridance.com
North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.afridance.com
647-654-6046

 

Afropan Steelband
Instrument: Steelband orchestra
Contact: Earl La Pierre Jr.
afropan@gmail.com
communications@afropansteelband.com
1 Jefferson Avenue, Toronto
www.afropansteelband.com
416-245-6411

 

Alpha Rhythm Roots
Instrument: Guinean percussion and drumming
Contact: Alpha
info@alpharhythmroots.com
292 Dupont St,
PO#40003, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9
/www.alpharhythmroots.com/
416-473-0759
1-866-496-7864

 

Ballet Creole
Instrument: Dance and drumming
Contact: 1 Wiltshire Ave, Unit 124
Toronto, ON M6N 2V7, Canada
info@balletcreole.org
balletcreole.org/community-programs/

 

Baro Dunumba
Instrument: percussion ensemble
Contact: Osaze (416) 707-8397
Quammie (647) 979-7834
info@barodununba.com
www.barodununba.com

 

Beyond Sound Empijah
Instrument: Drumming
Contact: beyondsoundempijahin.wixsite.com/beyondsound
49 Frankton Crescent
North York, ON M3J 1C2
416-301-9142
416-836-5592

 

COBA Performance Institute
Instrument: Music Production, drumming,  dance
Contact: Charmaine Headley
cobaoffice@gmail.com
cpidvnce@gmail.com
www.cobainc.com

 

Drum Artz Canada
Instrument: drumming
Contact: info@drumartz.com
drumartz.com
416-538-6342

 

Drums et al
Instrument: West-African Drumming, Dance, and Storytelling
Contact: Babarinde “Baba” Williams
info@drumsetal.com
drumsetal.com
416-846-4798

 

Heritage Singers Canada
Instrument: Chorale, singing
Contact: Grace Carter-Henry Lyons
heritagesingerscanada.com

 

Just Aissi
Instrument: South African body percussion: Gumboots
Contact: Just Aissi
justaissi.com
1-800-473-4318

 

Kouraba Toronto
Instrument: Singing,  dance, drumming:Djembe, Balafon
Contact: Amara Kanté
Rachael Eluan Abah
kourabatoronto@gmail.com
www.kouraba.org
416-802-2784
416-264-9554

 

Lanaya
Instrument: West African Drumming and Dance
Contact: Mabinty Sylla
mabintysylla32@gmail.com
www.mabintysylla.com

 

La Petite Musicale of Toronto
Instrument: chorale, singing
Contact: Lindy Burgess

 

Muhtadi 
Instrument: Drumming
Contact: Muhtadi Thomas
info@muhtadidrumfest.com
www.facebook.com/MuhtadiWorldDrummers
416-848-3838

 

New Tradition Music
Instrument: Afro-Indigenous Colombian Drumming: Música de Gaita; mobile recording
Contact: Ruben “Beny” Esguerra
info@newtraditionmusic.com
www.newtraditionmusic.com/workshops

 

Pan Fantasy
Instrument: Steelband
Contact: Wendy Jones
info@panfantasysteelband.com
Parc Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Road, unit 21, Toronto, Ontario
https://panfantasysteelband.com/
416-286-7756 or 416-567-9103

 

The Love Music Initiative Program
Instrument: dj’ing, drumming, Poetry,
Contact: Benjamin de Graaf
benjamin@lovemusicinitiative.com
lovemusicinitiative.com
647-438-5395

 

The Steelpan Experience — Joy Lapps Music
Instrument: Steel pan
Contact: Siobhan
ar@girlintheyard.com

 

Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra
Instrument: Steelband
Contact: Salmon Cupid
salmon@torontoallstars.com
416-617-0860

 

Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (TC3)
Instrument: Choir, African Drumming, Modern and Jazz Dance, Hip Hop/Step and Step Dance, African and Caribbean Dance
Contact: info@tc3.ca
The HopeWorks Connection
2 Larkhall Avenue
Toronto, ON, M1J 1V1
www.tc3.ca/programs.html
416-939-1702

 

Toronto Mass Choir
Instrument: choir, singing;  various instruments (at their annual PowerUp workshop)
Contact: Karen Burke
info@tmc.ca
www.tmc.ca
905-794-1139
905-794-9664

 

Ubuntu Drum and Dance Theatre
Instrument: Drumming
Contact: ubuntudrumgroup@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/Ubuntu-Drum-and-Dance-Theatre-394134887437151
416-655-7921

 

Waterloo Region Mass Choir
Instrument: choir, singing
Contact: Darren Hamilton
info@wrmasschoir.ca
PO Box 48011 Williamsburg RO Kitchener, ON N0E4K6

 

West African Cultural Exchange
Instrument: kpanlogo drums, gankogui (bell), axatse (shaker), fritsiwa (finger bell), tokei (bell). (Drumming, Dancing and Singing)
Contact: Frederick Kwasi Dunyo
kwasi@dunyo.com
358 Danforth Ave., Suite 160,
Toronto, ON,
M4K 1N8, Canada
http://www.dunyo.com/
416-579-1950

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Asian

Apex Drumming Team
Instrument: Chinese drums and percussion
Contact: Bobby Ho
Centre for Immigrant & Community Services
2330 Midland Ave
Scarborough, Ontario
www.torontochineseorchestra.com/wp/the-apex-drumming-team/
info@torontochineseorchestra.com
Phone: (647)299-9209

 

Community Gamelan Ensemble
Instrument: Gamelan
Contact: Online only
uwaterloo.ca/music/community-engagement/community-gamelan

 

Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Instrument: Gamelan
Contact: Blair Mackay, Artistic Director
blairmackaymusic@gmail.com
evergreenclubgamelan.com/home
450-807-1179

 

Music of May
Instrument: Erhu, Guzheng, Guqin, Yangqin, Pipa, Ruan, Liuqin,Dizi, Xiao, Hulusi, Piano, Violin, Cello, Flute, Guitar
Contact: www.musicofmay.com/pages/lesson
info@musicofmay.com
647 968 6258

 

Tone Labs Music
Instrument: Erhu – Guzheng/Zither
Contact: www.tonelabsmusic.com/teachers
2800 John Street Unit 6, Markham, ON,  L3R 0E2
905 470 8159

 

Toronto Chinese Conservatory of Music
Instrument: Erhu, high-hu, lute, zither, dulcimer Guqin, flute, hulusi
Contact: nachineseorchestra.ca
505 Hood Rd unit 17, Markham, ON L3R 5V6

 

Toronto Community Chinese Orchestra (TCCO)
Instrument: erhu, pipa, yangqin, guzheng, dizi, ruan, sheng, suona, cello, double bass, percussion,
Contact: CICS (Center for Immigrant and Community Services), 2330 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON M1S 5G5

 

Toronto Youth Chinese Orchestra (TYCO)
Instrument: Chinese instrument or cello/double bass/ percussion
Contact: www.torontochineseorchestra.com
(905) 489-1188
Centre for Immigrant and Community Services
2330 Midland Ave
Scarborough, Ontario

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Indigenous (Ontario)

IndigenEd
Instrument: drum songs on solo hand drum, percussive techniques, origin of songs, protocols leading songs and cultural context
Contact: Veronica Johnny
www.instagram.com/indigened/?hl=en

 

Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School
Instrument: Ensembles, music theory sessions
Contact: Regent Park School of Music
Urban Indigenous Education Centre
Alternative Music Enrichment @ Wandering Spirit
16 Phin Ave, Toronto, ON M4L 3T2
(416) 393-9600

 

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Instrument: Drumming
Contact: Eric Johnston
Eric.johnston@ncct.on.ca
reception@ncct.on.ca
ncct.on.ca/
16 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5R 2S7, Ontario
416-964-9087 x224

 

Stomp the Floor: Metis Cultural Workshops
Instrument: fiddle, Red River jigging, spoons and clogging; Voyageur Songs
Contact: www.kuneworld.com/alyssa-delbaere-sawchuk

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South American - Brazilian (Samba)

Baque de Bamba
Instrument: drums and percussions
Contact: Aline Morales
360 Geary Lane
647-213 3060

 

Batucada Carioca
Instrument: drums and percussions
Contact: Maninho Costa
batucadacarioca.com

 

Escola de Samba de Toronto
Instrument: drums and percussions
Contact: www.sambatoronto.ca/contact.asp
Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON. M5S 1W2,
(416) 408 2824

 

Maracatu Mar Aberto
Instrument: drums and percussions
Contact: Alex Bordokas
abordokas@gmail.com
maracatumaraberto.com
647-293-2266

 

Tdot Batu
Instrument: drums and percussions
Contact: Patricio Martinez
workshops@tdotbatu.ca
tdotbatu.ca
330 Geary Ave. Toronto, ON, M6G 1M5
(416) 949-5654

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