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Now at 3,700 votes.

We are slowly pushing the votes up, but we can do better!

If you have voted, please share the link below and have friends colleagues, and family vote too!

A Music Without Barriers Mobile “Studio Without Barriers” can power amazing, beautiful moments and foster so much creativity.  But only if we can make it a reality.

If everyone that voted so far had 10 friends and family vote 18 votes to the Studio Without Barriers, we’d break the thermometer graphic!

If you have been labeled with a “disability”, or know someone who has a disability, and you have seen how music can help transform their lives, then vote and share the Studio Without Barriers project!

Here’s how to vote:

1-     Visit our project page https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/16-405 and VOTE

2-     Register through Facebook or by email

3-     Cast your 18 votes for Music Without Barriers

4-     Ask your network to do the same by sharing this link (copy then paste):
https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/16-405

And a reminder on how the Aviva Community Fund contest works:
Projects with the most votes will qualify to move on to the next round and will be one step closer to our funding goal of $100,000.

As always, keep checking in at our blog (here) as we update our vote thermometer.  Together, let’s push the votes higher!

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Oops! Music Without Barriers made a boo-boo. Sorry about that!

thermometer-oct-17We’re over 2,500 votes!

We also noticed a mistake on the description in our Aviva project.  We apologize for the error. This is regarding the statistics of how many Canadians are mobility or agility disabled which incorrectly reads: 65% of Canadians are identified as mobility or agility disabled.  It should correctly read:

65% of Canadians with disability are identified as mobility or agility disabled.

The intent of the statistic was to show that of persons living with disabilities in Canada, 65% are mobile or agility disabled meaning the physical act of getting to a traditional studio environment or even a music store is a barrier – one of many reasons why we believe a mobile studio is an important community initiative.

A Mobile “Studio Without Barriers” can power amazing, beautiful moments and foster so much creativity.  Just like this awesome video of Nikayla:

If everyone that voted so far had 10 friends and family vote 18 votes to the Studio Without Barriers, we’d break the thermometer graphic!

If you have been labeled with a “disability” (we dislike the term too), or know someone who has a disability, and you have seen how music can help improve quality of life and creativity, help the Studio Without Barriers become a finalist by having your friends and family vote!

Here’s how to vote:

1-     Visit our project page https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/16-405 and VOTE

2-     Register through Facebook or by email

3-     Cast your 18 votes for Music Without Barriers

4-     Ask your network to do the same!

And a reminder on how the Aviva Community Fund contest works:
Projects with the most votes will qualify to move on to the next round and will be one step closer to our funding goal of $100,000.

Please cast your vote today and help increase the impact and reach of our programming by letting the Aviva Community Fund judges know that you support a world where access to musical expression is universally inclusive and accessible.

 As always, keep checking in at our blog (here) as we update our vote thermometer.  Together, let’s push the votes higher!

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Smashing Barriers Episode 4 – WE’RE BACK!

Hey everyone! Ashley Kurkjian here, your host for Smashing Barriers – and we’re back!

September usually brings certain images to mind… leaves changing colour, a new school year… how about a jazz festival? This month I got to sit down with David Lee and Becky Hargreaves, 2 executive members of the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival. Together, they are helping to create an incredible playing and networking environment for undergraduate musicians across the Greater Toronto Area. If you would like to get to know the musicians as well as the executive members, be cure to come on out to say hi September 10th at Mel Lastman Square!

As always, if you or someone you know would like to take part in the podcast, don’t hesitate to contact me at ashley.kurkjian@musicwithoutbarriers.com. Until next time, keep on smashing barriers! :)

Ash

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5 days to go!

Hey everyone!

Ash here for the first time in what seems like an eternity, giving you the lowdown on what we’ve been up to this past month.

First and foremost, rest assure that we are hard at work gathering material for new podcasts for the next couple of months! In the meantime, be sure to take a trip down memory lane and have a listen to our episodes with Mason Chelsea, and more!

Finally, be sure to come on out to Placebo Space this coming Monday (April at 8pm) The amazing musicians at Humber College are organizing ANOTHER Benefit Concert, giving more artists the opportunity to #smashbarriers and make high quality music. Tickets are $15 or $25 for 2. We hope to see you there!

Until next time, keep on smashing barriers :)

Ash

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Smashing Barriers Concert Spotlight: Final Podcast Blast!

Hey guys! Ash here, delivering the last podcast blast for the benefit concert to start your week off right!

Our final podcast blast ends on an inspiring note – What are some of the barriers that the members of the sax quartets have faced? Furthermore, what did they have to say to inspire aspiring musicians?

As always, if you have a story to share with us, don’t hesitate to reach out! Shoot us a message at info@musicwithoutbarriers.com and we will find a place for you on the podcast. Otherwise, we are very much looking forward to seeing you March 9 at the Burdock Music Hall!

Thanks again for joining us and see you next month! Keep on smashing barriers :)

Ash

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Smashing Barriers Concert Spotlight: ONE WEEK TO GO!

Hey guys! Ash here, delivering another podcast blast to kick off your weekend!

As mentioned before, this is where we tackled the BIG questions – we discussed our motivation involved in staying in the music industry as well as finding that balance between being technically proficient on our instrument and eliciting an emotional connection while we play! It was a load of fun to record this whole interview, so we hope that you enjoy the ride along with us!

As always, if you have a story to share with us, don’t hesitate to reach out! Shoot us a message at info@musicwithoutbarriers.com and we will find a place for you on the podcast. We will be wrapping up our podcast blast series on Monday (March 7), where we’re going to chat about the barriers that we’ve had to break down in our journeys so far.

Thanks again for joining us and see you next episode! Keep on smashing barriers :)

Ash

ALSO! We hope to see you at the Burdock March 9th! See our Facebook event for more details.

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Smashing Barriers Concert Spotlight: Humber has done it again!

Hey everyone, I’m back with another exciting episode for you!

This “month” is a little bit different – the amazing Sax Quartets at Humber College are putting on their 2nd Annual Benefit Concert to support our organisation, and they are bringing their friends from the University of Toronto and the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo with them! In honour of the concert we figured that the listeners would like to get to know some of the musicians involved in the concert – what got them started on their musical journeys? Executive Director Adrian Moody took the reins to really figure out what makes these musicians tick. In the weeks leading up to the benefit we will be releasing “Podcast Blasts”, revealing a little bit more about these fantastic musicians along the way.

As always, if you have a story to share with us, don’t hesitate to reach out! Shoot us a message at info@musicwithoutbarriers.com and we will find a place for you on the podcast. Stay tuned NEXT WEEK for another special Podcast Blast with these talented musicians, where AJ pulls out the big questions: What has kept us inspired while we each follow our musical journey? How do we find balance between the technical and the emotional aspects of music?

However, for now… sit back, relax and enjoy this very special Podcast Blast. hope you enjoy it! See you next week for our next episode.

Musically Yours,

Ash

PS. Visit our Facebook Event for more details about the Benefit Concert – we would love to see you there!

 

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Smashing Barriers, Episode 2 – It’s here!

its podcast timeHey everyone! Ashley Kurkjian here, your host for Smashing Barriers. Welcome to the second episode of the podcast!

This month I had the opportunity to sit down with Chelsea McBride – Toronto-based Saxophonist, Composer, Bandleader and Educator extraordinaire hailing from British Columbia. In addition to figuring out what drives Chelsea as a musician, we discussed the measure to take to be honest with yourself when facing mental illness.

If you have a story to share, don’t hesitate to reach out! Shoot us a message at info@musicwithoutbarriers.com and we will find a place for you on the podcast. Stay tuned for a special Podcast Blast: the annual Humber Benefit Concert is coming up fast and we want you to be a part of it!!

I’m so incredibly excited to share this episode with you, and I hope you enjoy it! See you next week for our next episode.

Musically Yours,

Ashley

 

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The New Way You Can Help Smash Barriers

its podcast time

Happy New Year everyone!

I guess that’s a little late, isn’t it? Well trust me that we haven’t simply been sitting around over the holidays, stuffing our faces with Turducken. Even our volunteers have been hard at work stoking the Music Without Barriers engine.  In fact, I give you “Smashing Barriers”, our very own Music Without Barriers podcast. This is a podcast that shares stories that promote the power of music, co-developed by Ashley Kurkjian, Adam Haines and myself. I really want to give a MASSIVE shout-out to Ashley for working so hard in putting together our first pilot episode.  When developing the idea, Ashley and I decided to start simple: find a local artist and interview them on their music and discover their path to making it happen.  In future podcasts, we hope to spotlight even more artists, stories, parents, teachers, therapists – anyone that can speak on the power of music.

So check out the first pilot episode, and keep your eyes out for future casts.

Make sure you connect with us if you want to be interviewed on the show, if you have a story or music you’d like us to share, or even if you know someone that you’d like to hear on the show.

Thank you again to Ashley Kurkjian for making this all possible!

Cheers,

Adrian Moody – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Music Without Barriers.

 

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Turn your Jeans into an Instrument! – Smash Barriers Tech Spotlight

When I was a kid, my Dad used to make these awesome mix-tapes for long car rides. What I remember as fondly as the eclectic mixes of Rolling Stones, Jean-Michelle Jarre, Stevie Wonder and Queen, was the way my Dad used the steering wheel and dash as his personal conga kit. He would tap out these crazy but groovy rhythms with his hands, and I remember him just being in the moment – enjoying every beat.  I guess the apple didn’t fall from the tree. Today, I pretty much tap beats on anything.  I suppose that’s why I took a liking to beat boxing, hand drums, the cajon and I have to shout out the Roland Handsonic too.  Even on the subway, I jam on my jeans in order to be in my own moment.  But what if I could make my jeans an instrument? If every finger could be a drum stick, if every tap could express what’s happening in the drum circle of my mind? And what possibilities would that unlock for anyone who is unable to play traditional instruments? 

 

Smash Barriers Tech drumpants

Drum kits rock, but imagine being able to put them in your pocket… literally!

 
Enter DrumPants, the sensor pads that turn you into a walking instrument. Truly, the possibilities seem endless in how these could empower any artist into creating their own rhythm-scape.  More importantly however, is the potential DrumPants and sensors like this could have in people performing both in the studio, on stage, and in everyday life. Tappur is currently working on accessibility solutions for the sensors. This could add new dimensions to the way people interact with their environment. Communication in music and in life? We at Music Without Barriers say “YES PLEASE”! Check out this awesome article on how this tech can smash barriers and let it inspire you. Turn your jeans into an instrument, a voice, the producer of your own laser light show and even give you new possibilities at interacting with the world! That’s how you #smashbarriers. 

http://www.gizmag.com/drumpants-trigger-activated-communication-system/37644/

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