Charlotte Cardin and the Evenko Foundation donate $25,000 in musical instruments to École Secondaire Des Pionniers in Trois-Rivières

Yesterday, the evenko foundation, in collaboration with Charlotte Cardin, donated 47 musical instruments worth more than $25,000 to École secondaire des Pionniers through its “In harmony with our schools” program. The new instruments include acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, as well as microphones, essentials for kicking off a new popular school music program that is sure to get students excited!

“Our school is multicultural (about 30 nationalities), and artistic and cultural activities are very lively. Each student must have access to music to express themselves, regardless of their program or background”, explains music teacher Martine Rochefort .

The involvement of Charlotte Cardin

During her two concerts at the Cogeco Amphitheater last July, Charlotte Cardin and her fans were kind enough to donate $1 from each ticket sold to the evenko foundation. The amount raised contributed in part to yesterday’s musical instrument donation.

“I am extremely proud to have contributed to this donation of musical instruments and to give back to the Trois-Rivières community which warmly welcomed me last summer at the Cogeco Amphitheater. Music is good and I’m happy to help fundamental evenko to make it accessible to everyone,” says Charlotte Cardin.

“The pandemic has had a major impact on the income of the foundation and several other charities. As such, we are extremely grateful to Charlotte Cardin for her generosity, and to Sirius XM Canada, who has supported our musical instrument donations since 2016. We have been overwhelmed by the growing demand for musical instruments in schools since the start of the pandemic,” explains Nathalie Roberge, director of the evenko foundation. “It is important to act so that musical education and its many benefits are accessible to all young people in Quebec.

Last February, a group of Quebec music teachers, with the support of a doctor of neuroscience, affirmed in an opinion letter published on the Le Soleil website that music is essential to the development and mental health of youth. They explained that playing music triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that creates pleasure. They also claimed that music can reduce pain and stress, bring people together, stimulate creativity, support the development of basic cognitive functions and improve academic performance, including reading ability (Kraus & Chandrasekaran, 2010) .

Since 2016, as part of the “In harmony with our schools” program, in partnership with Sirius XM Canada, the foundation is delighted to have donated more than $555,000 in instruments to more than 25 schools and organizations across Quebec.

Launched in May 2015, the evenko foundation’s mission is to give all young people in Quebec the means to flourish through music and art. The foundation believes that music and arts education is fundamental to the social, psychological, emotional and academic development of young people. evenkofoundation.ca | Facebook