Congratulations to this year's Don Banks Music Awards winners!
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Concert begins at 7:00 pm
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Meeting ID: 814 2542 690
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From 2011 to 2019, the Don Banks Music Awards annually awarded music scholarships to winning finalists who competed at a gala spring concert in the Islington United Church sanctuary. The late Mr. Don Banks, a member of Islington United and a former Etobicoke school principal, believed in nurturing the musical studies of young people and established the initial endowment for these scholarships. Subsequently, a few others have also generously come forward to support this initiative.
In 2020, pandemic restrictions necessitated a pause in the awards event. Facing similar restrictions again in 2021, the awards committee recognized this as a year of diminished performance opportunities for music students and decided to respond. The result is the Don Banks Music Awards 2021, a completely virtual event. Thirty-five local music students in the areas of strings, piano, voice, and winds submitted applications and audition videos.
Our thirteen finalists are ready for the final competition. While we can’t invite you to a live in-person concert, we can urge everyone to join us online for the final concert on May 1, 2021. You will enjoy the varied performances of these hardworking and talented finalists, hear the adjudication comments of Caron Allen and Lara Dodds-Eden, and learn the winners of this year’s awards. We know that your on-line audience participation will help to encourage and celebrate these emerging young musicians.