Support a Rockin’ Education at DSBN Schools
having Juno Award winning artists playing in your school’s gym is a “once in a
lifetime opportunity,” that’s not why DSBN Academy student Zana Borland was so
thrilled to see the Sheepdogs.
The Grade 6
student was really impressed with their message. “I loved that they said
learning music can make you smarter,” said Borland.
everyone needs to hear that.”
May 21, Ewan and Shamus Currie from the iconic Canadian band performed at the
Academy to celebrate the school’s recently announced grant from MusiCounts,
Canada’s music education charity. After an application from Academy staff and
students, the charity awarded the school $10,000 to purchase new instruments.
the importance of music, Ewan Currie told students that he’d always been
involved with music. “It’s my favourite thing in the whole world,” he said.
music becomes a job or a really awesome pastime or hobby, it’s a pathway that
leads you to a lot of enjoyment,” said Ewan.
teacher Isaac Hannigan echoed Currie’s thoughts. “I believe music can make a
difference in people’s lives. It’s a beautiful language that can be attained by
thanked MusiCounts for its generous grant, which will help give more students
the ability to learn this new language. “For a variety of reasons, many of our
students don’t have the ability to access private music lessons. Now, with the
new instruments purchased through this grant, our school can give students the
opportunity to learn, experience and truly appreciate everything that music can
bring into one’s life,” said Hannigan.
Money for the
grants was raised through the Hockey Night in St. Catharines event and
supported by Music Canada and Partridge Wealth Management.
stopping to chat, sign autographs and take selfies with Academy students, Ewan
and Shamus were joined by Allan Reid, CEO of MusiCounts, St. Catharines MP Rick
Dysktra and Peter Partridge Jr. from Partridge Wealth Management to unveil the
instruments purchased for the music program.
Ewan Currie posed
with one of the clarinets purchased, which he jokingly referred to as “the most
manly of instruments.” Although, he admitted he does play clarinet and rather
well. Ewan even had the opportunity to play clarinet on a few Sheepdog songs.
Secondary also received a financial grant to add to its music program. There
were also a number of Westlane students who made the trip from Niagara Falls to
see the Sheepdogs and celebrate news of the financial support.
To see photos
and video of the event, visit the DSBN Facebook page at