About the event
WHAT IS MUSIC SCARBOROUGH
Music Scarborough is a competitive piano festival sponsored and run by Wishing Well Lions Club. We are dedicated to providing an excellent forum for our talented young performers. We work closely with professional music educators and parents to foster appreciation and love of music in our youth; to promote values of excellence and pride in their individual achievements, while striving for the pursuit and continued development of artistic talents in the community. Entries normally range from 300-600 and marks are awarded by a professional adjudicator from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) with the top earners being provided medals and trophies at the final Concert. This major cultural and community event is now in its 41st year. Prior to this, a small volunteer group, who could no longer run it, managed the festival and, consequently, it was handed over to the Wishing Well Lions Club. It is now organized and run by the club members through a Committee formed each year for this purpose with volunteer help and cooperation of dedicated professional music teachers who assist with the technical expertise needed to conduct such an undertaking. All of the organizational, secretarial, registration and related tasks are the responsibility of the Wishing Well Lions. The festival adjudicators are selected from world-class musicians and experienced, highly qualified, professionals from RCM. Students aged 4 -18 and over, compete in classes ranging from Grade 1 to ARCT and age related recital classes. The festival is based on the syllabus of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Hundreds of pianists participate over a two-week period. Each performer receives a participant ribbon and a souvenir program that includes a full listing of the order of competition. Each participant is individually adjudicated and a written adjudication is provided. First, second and third place certificates are awarded for each group. A selection of class winners are invited to play at the “Stars of the Festival” gala concert held following completion of the festival. At this gala, trophies, prizes and medals are awarded including overall winners plaques. We are the only club in our entire district to run a festival of this nature and magnitude; it may be also true to say that we may be the only club (that we know) in Canada who run a festival like this. Music Scarborough is one of the first festivals of the academic year that is held in late November over a period of two weeks and, consequently, has a great interest level amongst piano students and music teachers because it provides a stepping-stone to budding pianists.
Why should you sponsor?
Music Scarborough brings Music to hundreds of children every year, but without sponsors, we can't run the festival. Please help us enrich our community.
HISTORY OF THE WISHING WELL LIONS CLUB
The 1950 decade was a period of growth and expansion in the Toronto suburbs. Communities were being established, and when a member of the Avenue Road Lions Club moved into the area, he saw the need for a new Lions club. The challenge was accepted by 27 men and the Wishing Well Lions Club was sponsored and chartered on September 25th, 1958, in the Wishing Well Community named after a well in the area which had legendary magical powers. Two of these members are still active Lions. Lion Vern Spruit has transferred to the Dunsford and District Lions Club, while Lion Joe Cannata is a life member of Wishing Well. We celebrate our proud history and look forward to the future.
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In 2005 we welcomed the remaining eight members of Fairview Lions Club who transferred to Wishing Well. These Lions brought almost 150 years of experience in Lionism, and some amazing projects which we all share. Together we pledge to serve with enthusiasm in unity and fellowship.