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August 2021

Oh, what a feeling, what a blast! These lyrics from 1970s-era Hamilton-based band Crowbar pretty much sums up our thoughts from this summer.

Band Camp was back with both awesome teens and now fabulous younger kids. Our thrice-weekly Play A Gig Online performances were exceptional and we completed dozens of other projects, including Band Together, new Music Workshops and several advocacy events, plus more research resources and a whole slew of post secondary music documents! All thanks in no small part to our amazing summer team - read more about them below. 

As kids and teachers head back to school, our fingers are crossed that everyone stays happy, healthy and are able to start making music again.

Lisa Michaels and Peter VanDuzer

Music Workshops for Kids and Families

Looking for something fun to do at the next birthday party, family reunion or neighbourhood get-together? Bandology has just the thing for you. 

Our new Music Workshops have tons of music and learning combined with a whole lot of fun! Featuring bucket drumming, boomwhackers, shakers and body percussion, a Music Workshop is a great choice for your next children's birthday party. No fuss, no mess, no effort - just loads and loads of fun! 

Interested in having us come to your next event? Check out or send an email to

Music and Social Change Event - Aug 30

On August 30, we are hosting the Music and Social Change event, in conjunction with Books Art Music Collective (BAM). Participants will get the chance to learn about the power of using music as a tool to advocate for and bring about social change.  

The event will feature historical and contemporary perspectives of people using music to change the world, as well as musical performances that local musicians have used to invoke change in their communities.

Click here to register for this great event or follow the livestream on Facebook at 7pm on Monday, August 30. 

Coast-to-Coast Concert - Sep 5

Thank you to our musicians who participated in our Play A Gig program this summer! It was great to hear all of your amazing talents.

On Sunday, September 5 at 2pm, join us for our Coast-to-Coast concert featuring performance from musicians across the country! Go to our Facebook page for all the info.

We are currently seeking musicians to perform at some in-person events! Check out the Play A Gig webpage to sign up or drop a note to

Music Workshops for Corporate Team Building

Our Music Workshops aren't just for kids! Get your team hitting all the right notes together with music and fun as the tactic and a united team as the ultimate goal.

Good for adults of all ages, you'll experience the fun and challenge of bucket drumming, boomwhackers, shakers and body percussion. Maybe even drumline! And NO musical experience is required.

We are currently booking events for the fall. Check out or send an email to with your proposed dates.

Band Together Back to School Edition - Sep 17

All music kids are invited to attend Band Together! Join us on Friday, September 17 at 3om for fun games and hang out time with other music kids on Zoom. 

Band Together is an online version for hanging around the music room at lunch. It’s a chance to talk about what it's like to be back to school, what your hopes and dreams are for this year and how you're planning to put music back into your life.

Everyone who loves music is welcome, so invite everyone you know! 

Click here to register (it’s free!) for September 17 and for future hangs (the second Friday of every month).

Once you register, we’ll send you the Zoom link.

Post-Secondary Music Tips and Tricks

Planning on studying music after high school? We have some great resources for you. 

Written by those in the know, our Guides to Post-Secondary Music Programs will give you all sorts of insider info about the process, overviews of individual schools and more! We have four universities posted already, with more programs to come.

Worried about having to do an audition? Our Audition Prep Workshop is just what you need. Held via Facebook on August 19, five Bandology staff members - all students in post-secondary music programs - shared vital advice about preparing for school and community ensemble auditions. Click here to watch this super useful and insightful discussion.

Our Fabulous Staff, 2021 Version!

This summer has been SO much fun! But we couldn't have had such a great summer without our super spectacular summer staff! Many of our projects this summer were spearheaded by these incredible staff members so we'd like to give a huge shout-out to them!

Thank you to Naoko Sakata, our Music and Performance Co-ordinator! She did an awesome job managing the Virtual Performance Series, working with volunteers and making our monthly Band Together super fun!

Thank you to Sandy Wright, our Music and Education Co-ordinator, for interviewing guests in our Livestream Series and simplifying countless Post-Secondary School Resources for music students!

Thank you to Jessica Fair, our Business Co-ordinator! She did a fantastic job managing our regular business operations, boosting our profile on LinkedIn, conducting SWOT analyses and coordinating our awesome Bandology swag!

Thank you to Mark Gerlai, our Performance and Research Co-ordinator! He did an incredible job hosting our Musician Showcase and developing countless infographics, videos and research posts!

Thank you to Esteban Perez, our Social Media Co-ordinator, for creating and editing our amazing  promotional videos and managing all of our social media posts this year! 

Thank you to Kris Harley, our Camp Co-ordinator, for organizing camp, especially our first Band Camp Junior, and making it an incredibly fun and safe music experience for both staff and campers!

Thank you to Frieda Piepp, our Marketing Co-ordinator! She did a phenomenal job organizing our countless contact lists, updating our website and creating a contact list for potential donors!

Thank you to Mary Rose Amaral, our Advocacy and Policy Co-ordinator, for creating and developing countless political relations for Bandology and developing and hosting our first ever Phone Zap!

Thank you to Ryan MacKinnon, our Percussion Curriculum Specialist, for creating and developing our educational and entertaining percussion workshops and informative percussion videos!

Thank you to Arielle Voght, for volunteering to be our new Ottawa Co-ordinator. Watch for exciting things coming from the Ottawa area and possibly even a band camp next summer!

Last but not least, thanks to continuing staffers Lucas Redwood (year three) and Jasmin Anthonypillai (year two) for everything you do and all your guidance, advice and hard work!

Thank you all for your hard work! We will totally miss you, but hope the coming year is full of amazing opportunities! 

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Land Acknowledgement

Halton, as we know it today, is rich in the history and modern traditions of many First Nations and the Métis. From the lands of the Anishinabe to the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee, and the Métis, these lands surrounding the Great Lakes are steeped in Indigenous history. As we gather today on these treaty lands, we are in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters to honour and respect the four directions, lands, waters, plants, animals and ancestors that walked before us, and all of the wonderful elements of creation that exist. We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory.

Our Funding Partners

Bandology is a proud recipient of the following grants:

  • Town of Oakville Grants administered by the Oakville Arts Council in 2021, 2020 and 2019
  • Canada Summer Jobs grants in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation grant from the Resilient Communities Fund in 2021
We also receive funding from private individuals; click here to make a donation.
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432 Sandlewood Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada L6L 3S2

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