On Monday May 4, 2020, hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, community members and music advocates had planned to join #TogetherInHarmony for Music Monday. More than a thousand events were scheduled to take place from coast to coast to coast, including large scale Spotlight Celebrations, significant Regional Celebrations, and grassroots Community Celebrations. Their plans are described below.

We are SO appreciative of all the work that these enthusiastic participants put into planning and rehearsing.  Thank you for contributing to making music in Canada!  We can’t wait to see you in person in 2021.

In the meantime, we make a big shift in our plans, and we’re now really excited about bringing performances, messages, videos, images, stories, and interviews online for all of Canada to see on Music Monday as we go digital and present Music Monday @ Home!

There are lots of ways for you to get involved, from our Virtual Choir, to sending in your own video messages, to celebrating with us by watching the livestream on Music Monday.

Register to be part of a historic day, and join us for Music Monday @ Home!


Spotlight Celebrations

Spotlight Celebrations are our largest events, bringing together local students, schools, arts organizations and community leaders, while drawing media attention to the importance of music education.

Calgary is preparing to join #TogetherInHarmony with an incredible collaborative celebration at the National Music Centre! Hundreds of students from across the region will unite in song to celebrate and advocate for equitable access to quality music education in our public schools. Studio Bell will host some of the city’s top vocal, band and wind ensembles, plus some very special guests. The Coalition is grateful for the support of the National Music Centre, The Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education, and JazzYYC as we prepare for this exciting Spotlight Celebration!

On May 4th 2020, Canada’s National Arts Centre will present an inspiring concert and livestream in support of the 16th annual Music Monday and the work of the Coalition for Music Education. The event will showcase exemplary young musicians from Ottawa and will feature a massed choir of approximately 350 children from local elementary schools and community choirs, under the direction of Jackie Hawley, who will lead the city in a sing-along of the Music Monday Anthem – Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn To Freedom”. Further details about this event will be announced on the NAC website in the upcoming weeks – Stay tuned!

Info coming soon!

On Monday May 4, Nova Scotia will observe Music Monday 2020 with a public event that welcomes students, teachers and community members from the Greater Halifax Area to help advocate for music education!

This Spotlight Celebration will take place at the beautiful Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road, and is presented in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This unique and diverse concert will include performances by student musicians representing communities and cultures across the province, plus special guest speakers.

This exciting event is free and open to everyone! Join us on Music Monday as we raise our voices to celebrate the importance of music in our lives, and especially in our schools.

Regional Celebrations

Regional Celebrations are led by local organizers, with support from the Coalition, and help unite the region in support of music education.

For the second year in a row, hundreds of student musicians from Victoria elementary and secondary schools will join together for a free public concert on the steps of the BC Legislature, as part of the 16th annual Music Monday. 

This exciting advocacy-driven Regional Celebration, presented in partnership with the CMEBC (Coalition for Music Education BC) and the British Columbia Ministry of Education, will demonstrate the value of music education for students of all ages, while sharing important messages and songs with the broader community. You can expect thrilling music and exciting speakers, so mark your calendars today and join #TogetherInHarmony with us at the BC Legislature on May 4!

Info coming soon!

Info coming soon!

The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) and the Coalition for Music Education in Canada will host the second regional Music Monday Celebration on May 4, 2020. Plans are well underway and it promises to be a wonderful event featuring the NSO’s very own resident Atlantic String Quartet, the national award-winning Holy Heart Choir, and other community and school performances at the Holy Heart Theatre. The date will be marked with a Star Wars/Space Theme, including student costumes and other surprises! The celebration will conclude with a mass ensemble performance of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom,” under the direction of Robert Colbourne, Music Specialist at Holy Heart of Mary High School. It promises to be an exciting, fun filled morning, which will be livestreamed to schools across the province, allowing them to join in the celebration of music education, and the power of music in Canada. Let’s just say…May the Fourth be with you!

Community Celebrations

Each year more than a thousand Community Celebrations are held in classrooms, concert halls, legislatures and public spaces throughout the country. There are too many incredible events to list, but you can visit the Celebration Map to view them all, or read on to learn about a few of the Community Celebrations that were planned for 2020.

For a decade now Manitobans have been celebrating Music Monday at our historic meeting place: The Forks. The junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers is a 6,000 year old national heritage site, originally a traditional gathering area for Indigenous peoples, later to become a major fur trading centre, and most recently, home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Located a short distance away is Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, who shares both a community and educational relationship with The Forks. The NMC Music Department, with the support of the Louis Riel School Division, continues the privilege of hosting MUSIC MONDAY @ THE FORKS, a mid-day public concert held outside under The Canopy at The Forks. It features the NMC Concert Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble and Choir, along with performances by local elementary school music ensembles and invited guest performers. The concert begins at 11:00am attracting Forks patrons, as well as supportive family and community members, who are treated to an enjoyable assortment of music repertoire from all age groups. The concert culminates at 1:30pm with an exciting mass vocal and instrumental performance by all the 200+ school musicians of the Music Monday Anthem: “Hymn to Freedom.” Nelson McIntyre Collegiate and the Louis Riel School Division is grateful to The Forks for their continued support of Music Monday celebrations!

Info coming soon!

Toronto Catholic District School Board

On May 4 the Central Staff from the Catholic Education Center at the Toronto Catholic District School Board will raise their voices in the Music Monday 2020 Anthem, “Hymn to Freedom.” The song connects beautifully with the Board’s monthly virtue, Compassion. Students from the Cardinal Carter Academy of the Arts will join in the musical celebration and play some additional tunes. Here’s to Music!!

Each year the Greater Essex County District School Board celebrates Music Monday with hundreds of students, administrators, parents and community members, with a live concert from a local venue, streamed into schools throughout the district. 

This year’s theme is “Music Across Ages” and features a partnership between the Silver Ambassadors Concert Band and band students from the GECDSB. The Silver Ambassadors Concert Band consists of seniors over the age of 55 who are either learning an instrument, played an instrument when they were in school, or used to be professional musicians. The group has been in existence for more than 40 years and performs many concerts in our community as well as in our schools.

This year, just under 700 participants are scheduled to gather at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor. The event will include a concert featuring the Silver Ambassadors Concert Band, The Walkerville Center for the Creative Arts, and a local elementary school. It will culminate with a mass band performance of the Music Monday Anthem, featuring all performers and audience members, as well as hundreds of virtual viewers. Robert Franz, conductor of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra is this year’s guest conductor, and will lead this special performance. The youngest player on stage will be about 12 years old, while the oldest is 88 years old. In between each piece of music testimonials from the students and seniors will be read to the audience regarding the importance of having music as a part of their life. 

Info coming soon!