This podcast is two-fold.  We have the pleasure of hearing from Astrid Hepner about the great work of the Hamilton Music Collective, where, modeled after a proven program in Germany, 6000 under-served Hamilton school children are exposed to playing musical instruments, and all the related skills, pride and self-esteem that brings.

We also hear from Carl Joose, representing the next generation of the John & Ellie Voortman Charitable Foundation, and also a board member on the Hamilton Music Collective, about how the two organizations were able to work together to not only support these children in being exposed to music, but to create a beautifully renovated historic space for the children, their families, other nonprofits, and the community, to uplift all who walk through its doors and be a catalyst for change in the downtown Hamilton area.   



Hamilton Music Collective:  

The Gasworks   

Bill Strickland – Environments Change Behaviour:  

Hamilton Community Foundation:  

The Hamilton Spectator’s Code Red Project:  

City of Hamilton Recreation Programs:  

McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind – Laurel Trainor  

El Sistema, Venezuela on 60 minutes:  


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