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Montreal Families

Program gets children to sing, dance and play drums

A new program aims to get children and teens to move along to the sounds of Afro-Caribbean beats. MC3, also known as the Montreal Children’s Concert Choir, is being launched as a pilot project in conjunction with the Toronto-based non-profit organiztion, Hope Works Connection. The program provides 7- to 18-year-olds with a platform to express themselves through music, dance and performance.

While the program will focus on Afro-Caribbean influences, instructors are open to other styles of dance and music and will incorporate them based on student preferences.

Students will be asked to choose drum or dance and must stick to their choice.  Each class will begin with drum and dance lessons, followed by a homework break with volunteer tutors and a choir practice.

The program is building towards a tri-city concert that will take place on June 27, 2020 and will feature 150 students from the Toronto, Montreal and Halifax chapters.

The classes will take place every second Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Union United Church downtown Montreal. The program costs $150 for the year, which starts in September. Students will get to travel and perform in other cities. Travel expenses will be covered by sponsors.

According to MC3 director Wendy Sparks, no child will be turned away from the program and fundraisers will be held for those who cannot afford the registration fee.

The program, partially funded by the Government of Canada,  will be accepting ongoing registration until they reach at least 50 students. Should they receive more, they will open another class on another day.

To register your child, contact Wendy Sparks at 438-402-8250 or wendysparks.hwc@gmail.com.

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