|Toronto Police Service|
Media advisory, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8 p.m., Virgin Mobile MOD Club, 722 College Street, MUSIC! Not Mischief Year 5 Finale Concert, BIGGER and Better than Ever
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:15 AM
11 Division: 416-808-1103
Music! Not Mischief is a Toronto Police Service-led youth outreach program partnering police officers with high-school students.
Officers mentor students as they learn to play the guitar in preparation for an end-of-season concert where students play on stage with a real rock band. Now in its fifth year, MUSIC! Not Mischief has expanded to 16 schools in four police jurisdictions. This year, the program was delivered in 13 schools in Toronto, as well as one in Oshawa, Hamilton and Niagara Falls by their respective regional police services.
By virtue of this youth program being delivered in a multi-police-agency partnership, MUSIC! Not Mischief is being heralded as the first police/youth program initiative to become a joint forces project.
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 8 p.m., one student from each of the 16 schools will perform and compete on stage at the world-famous, Virgin Mobile MOD Club at 722 College Street, Toronto. Each student will play a rock cover song with one of two rock bands, Little Sunday from Richmond Hill, or TraceNine from Cambridge, Ont.
The performances will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges including Platinum Blonde lead singer Mark Holmes, Canadian screen actor Herbie Barnes (Spirit Rider, Dance Me Outside), and CBC news anchor Dwight Drummond. The show will be hosted by Tamara Cherry of CTV News. The winner of the competition will get to keep the guitar they played. GTA-based guitar manufacturer Carparelli Guitars supplies instruments to the MUSIC! Not Mischief program.
The concert will be free of charge to all members of the community.
MUSIC! Not Mischief is funded by Proaction Cops & Kids, a charity that funds police led, youth out-reach initiatives for at-risk youth. (copsandkids.ca)
For further information on MUSIC! Not Mischief and this event, please contact Constable Robert Tajti at 416-808-1103.
*ProAction’s goal is to build mutual trust and respect between cops and kids, breaking down stereotypes and improving the safety of our communities for everyone.
Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Constable Robert Tajti, 11 Division