PACT URBAN PEACE PROGRAM, TORONTO

PACTMusic: Empowering youth, transforming lives

Thank you to everyone who came out to the PACT studios this past weekend for a special community performance put on by the PACTMusic youth! Over 60 people were in attendance to support the current PACTMusic crew who have been working together over the past two months. The concert included solo and group performances of both cover and original songs. For most of the teens, this was the first time they ever performed in front of a group!

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Working closely with instructors Erik, Bryden, Christian and Liana, over 15 teens – most with no previous musical experience – spent the last two months learning how to play a cover song on an instrument of their choice as well as collaborated on writing an original song. As part of the PACTMusic program, students come out every Sunday afternoon and as a group work together in a rock band setting. The process develops confidence and self-esteem through group vocal improvisations and performances and helps youth gain a sense of belonging by working in a real musical band setting.

“We aim to enrich the lives of youth by pushing them outside of their comfort zones, while also helping them feel safe, heard and at home.  When people feel they are in a safe space and are able to let their emotional defenses down, this is when the true power of creativity allows them to blossom”, says Erik Shramek, PACTMusic instructor.

RBC Foundation becomes new Lead Sponsor for PACTMusic

Thanks to a generous, three-year sponsorship commitment from the RBC Foundation, PACTMusic has been able to expand the urban music program as well as add exciting new components including advanced song writing and song recording workshops. The PACTMusic studio space has been donated, rent-free by Dunpar Construction.

 

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