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
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
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
Julian Campbell– Youth Services Manager : Phone: 416-638-8884
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
Phone: 416-301-9142
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
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
Location: 45 Norfinch Dr, North York, ON M3N 1W8


Instrument:  strings (violin, viola, cello, or double bass), percussion, choir and music & movement
Age: Senior Kindergarten, Gr 1, Gr 2
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
Phone: (416) 440-2600
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
400 Monarch Ave, Unit 11
Ajax, ON, L1S 2G6


African Dance Ensemble (ADE)
InstrumentSinging, Dancing. Drumming
Contact:Isaac Akrong
North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Afropan Steelband
Instrument: Steelband orchestra
Contact: Earl La Pierre Jr.
1 Jefferson Avenue, Toronto


Alpha Rhythm Roots
Instrument: Guinean percussion and drumming
Contact: Alpha
292 Dupont St,
PO#40003, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9


Ballet Creole
Instrument: Dance and drumming
Contact: 1 Wiltshire Ave, Unit 124
Toronto, ON M6N 2V7, Canada


Baro Dunumba
Instrument: percussion ensemble
Contact: Osaze (416) 707-8397
Quammie (647) 979-7834


Beyond Sound Empijah
Instrument: Drumming
49 Frankton Crescent
North York, ON M3J 1C2


COBA Performance Institute
Instrument: Music Production, drumming,  dance
Contact: Charmaine Headley


Drum Artz Canada
Instrument: drumming


Drums et al
Instrument: West-African Drumming, Dance, and Storytelling
Contact: Babarinde “Baba” Williams


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


Just Aissi
Instrument: South African body percussion: Gumboots
Contact: Just Aissi


Kouraba Toronto
Instrument: Singing,  dance, drumming:Djembe, Balafon
Contact: Amara Kanté
Rachael Eluan Abah


Instrument: West African Drumming and Dance
Contact: Mabinty Sylla


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


Instrument: Drumming
Contact: Muhtadi Thomas


New Tradition Music
Instrument: Afro-Indigenous Colombian Drumming: Música de Gaita; mobile recording
Contact: Ruben “Beny” Esguerra


Pan Fantasy
Instrument: Steelband
Contact: Wendy Jones
Parc Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Road, unit 21, Toronto, Ontario
416-286-7756 or 416-567-9103


The Love Music Initiative Program
Instrument: dj’ing, drumming, Poetry,
Contact: Benjamin de Graaf


The Steelpan Experience — Joy Lapps Music
Instrument: Steel pan
Contact: Siobhan


Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra
Instrument: Steelband
Contact: Salmon Cupid


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
The HopeWorks Connection
2 Larkhall Avenue
Toronto, ON, M1J 1V1


Toronto Mass Choir
Instrument: choir, singing;  various instruments (at their annual PowerUp workshop)
Contact: Karen Burke


Ubuntu Drum and Dance Theatre
Instrument: Drumming


Waterloo Region Mass Choir
Instrument: choir, singing
Contact: Darren Hamilton
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
358 Danforth Ave., Suite 160,
Toronto, ON,
M4K 1N8, Canada

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Apex Drumming Team
Instrument: Chinese drums and percussion
Contact: Bobby Ho
Centre for Immigrant & Community Services
2330 Midland Ave
Scarborough, Ontario
Phone: (647)299-9209


Community Gamelan Ensemble
Instrument: Gamelan
Contact: Online only


Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Instrument: Gamelan
Contact: Blair Mackay, Artistic Director


Music of May
Instrument: Erhu, Guzheng, Guqin, Yangqin, Pipa, Ruan, Liuqin,Dizi, Xiao, Hulusi, Piano, Violin, Cello, Flute, Guitar
647 968 6258


Tone Labs Music
Instrument: Erhu – Guzheng/Zither
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
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
(905) 489-1188
Centre for Immigrant and Community Services
2330 Midland Ave
Scarborough, Ontario

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Indigenous (Ontario)

Instrument: drum songs on solo hand drum, percussive techniques, origin of songs, protocols leading songs and cultural context
Contact: Veronica Johnny


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
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

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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


Escola de Samba de Toronto
Instrument: drums and percussions
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


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

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