West Shore students participate in last years Music Monday in Colwood. (Black Press)

Music Monday to unite students across Sooke in song

Over 200 students will carol around town on May 6

It may be your only opportunity to hear a choir of 200 Sooke children singing the same song.

Sooke’s Music Monday celebrations, planned for Evergreen Centre on May 6 at 1 p.m., will see students from Sooke, Poirier, John Muir and Saseenos elementary schools fill the skies with music.

This year’s anthem is “Hymn to Freedom,” written by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson.

The school choirs will be joined by local singer-songwriter and school bus driver Gord Phillips.

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All of the choirs will unite in song and then tour around the area businesses doing a caroling route – sprinkling song throughout the community community.

Each of the schools will also celebrate Music Monday with an individual gathering in the morning – for example, whole school assemblies featuring student performances, local musicians, and Indigenous performers.

First held in 2005, Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year across Canada. Students and teachers take their music programs into their communities and perform the same tune at a predetermined time so as to unite the entire country in song.

The biggest Music Monday was likely in 2013 when astronaut Chris Hadfield sang from the International Space Station in a Canada-wide simulcast.


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