The Gift Of Music 5-Year Anniversary Event – Dec. 9, 2014

GOM 2014

The 5th Annual “Gift of Music” Showcase

(a benefit for MusiCounts)

The Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto

December 9, 2014 (doors open at 8pm)

Presented by Kid Kut | IV Play | Darling Nicky




 with appearances from surprise guests.


 OR at the following ticket outlets:

905.790.3031 or 647.221.7380



Please join us at The CASIO® Gift of Music on December 9th, 2014 at The Hard Rock Café.

For General Info:
For Media Inquiries:

Official Sponsors:
Microsoft Canada |
Hewlett-Packard Canada |
CHRY 105.5 FM |
Hard Rock Cafe Toronto |
House of Marley |
NOKIA Canada |
Got 2 Travel |
Dwayne Connell Clothing |
Lawrence Kerr Photography |
Mellycakes |
Junior Jones Group |
Publicity Support |
Kid Kut – The Voice of the Vibe |
IV Play |
Darling Nicky |
Jester |

Media Partners:

Talk of T.O. |
2 Lined Music Hut | Malvern Town Centre
Princess Promo |
My Lime |
Miss Go 2 Girl |

Leave a comment

Filed under Events

The 2013 CASIO Gift of Music Event Wrap-Up and Thank You


Prepared by Darling Nicky for CASIO Canada Ltd.

2013 Gift of Music Donation

On December 17, 2013 the production team of Kid Kut, IV Play and Darling Nicky successfully presented the 4th Annual Gift of Music event, sponsored for the 2nd time by CASIO Canada Ltd. This annual event benefits MusiCounts (a division of CARAS) to help fund music programs in low-income, rural and First Nation areas across Canada. This year, through ticket sales, raffles and auctions the donation totaled $5,200.00 bringing the four year contribution to just over $20,000.00.

Our host and headliner Glenn Lewis did a great job of co-hosting this year’s event alongside event producer Kid Kut with humor and candor with frequent raffle and door prizes. The CASIO Gift of Music 2013 gathered 400 of the city’s top Urban talent, managers, publicists, media personnel including influential bloggers, as well as an engaged crowd of genuine music-lovers.

We wish to thank our amazing cast of performers: August Rigo, Ginette Claudette, Aleesia, Regular Rob, Andrea Lewis, Omar Lunan, Rufus John, Lisa Banton with a special performance DJ segment by turntablists  Turnstylez for a wonderful evening of music and love.

We wish to thank our Product Sponsors for contributing a wide variety of goods which made the raffles and silent auctions a success: M5V Realty Inc, Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, House of Marley, NOKIA Canada, H&M Canada, HP Canada, LeBang, Massive Clearance, Junior Jones Group, G-Shock, Baby G, Universal Music Group, Dwayne Connell Clothing, Two23Events, Lawrence Kerr Photography.

We wish to thank our Media Sponsors for assisting us in getting the word out including: CHRY 105.5 FM, G 98.7 FM, and Publicity Support.

We wish to thank the supporting musicians and DJs that were the backbone of the evening: The Damion Riley Band, Jester, as well as all the back-up singers and dancers. We wish to offer a major showing of gratitude to CASIO Canada Ltd for their tremendous support in both our shared vision of keeping music alive in Canadian schools through giving “the gift of music”. In addition to supplying the backing band with state of the art keyboards for the show, CASIO also donated two studio quality keyboards to MusiCounts to be placed in a school of the highest need.

Arts in education is an important factor in brain development and music training has proven to be a key element in fostering innovative thinking. As title sponsor of the annual CASIO Gift of Music we’re extremely proud to be able to partner with MusiCounts in their mission to ensure that all children across Canada have access to a music program through their school, and to support them in their music education initiatives. Our goal at Casio is to make music fun and accessible and by donating quality Casio musical instruments for MusiCounts to award to a needy school, we hope to help inspire the love of music and set the stage for a lifetime of musical appreciation and development.” –  Michael Powers, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Casio Canada Ltd.

As a team, we are humbled each and every year by the overwhelming support given and by the endless sea of talent the city of Toronto has to offer. Using the power of the web and social media, the CASIO Gift of music event was promoted to a direct market of over 250,000 Urban Music listeners through the use of artist’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. On behalf of the entire team that made the CASIO Gift of Music 2013 such a special evening – we thank you.

2013 Gift of Music Donation

Copyright ©2013 The CASIO Gift of Music 2012 |

VIDEO: The Official 2013 CASIO Gift of Music Recap Video |

PHOTOS: The Official 2013 CASIO Gift of Music Performance Photo Gallery | gallery/

PHOTOS: The Official 2013 CASIO Gift of Music Media Centre Photo Gallery | gallery/

For additional video coverage of The 2013 CASIO Gift of Music event, please see: Follow on Twitter! @giftofmusicTO

Leave a comment

Filed under Donations

VIDEO: The 2013 CASIO Gift of Music [Official Recap]

Leave a comment

February 21, 2014 · 11:43 AM

The 2013 CASIO® Gift of Music Performances :: Photo Gallery

Leave a comment

January 3, 2014 · 4:22 PM

The 2013 CASIO® Gift of Music Media Centre :: Photo Gallery

Photography: Lawrence Kerr

Leave a comment

Filed under Photos





Award winning MC and Producer Kid Kut, and co-producers IV PLAY and Darling Nicky are pleased to return for their 4th installment of “The Gift Of Music” with returning sponsor  CASIO Canada Ltd.; an evening of music to benefit MusiCounts Canada.  On Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at the Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge Street at Dundas) the public is invited to celebrate “The CASIO® Gift of Music”, an event featuring live performances by an A-list roster of artists that have made an impact on the Canadian urban music industry.  This highly anticipated event, hosted this year by Canadian R&B icon Glenn Lewis alongside Kid Kut shall feature live performances by August Rigo, Ginette Claudette, Aleesia, Luu Breeze, Andrea Lewis, Omar Lunan, Rufus John, Lisa Banton with a special performance DJ segment by turntablists Turnstylez.    An after party will follow with music by G 98.7’s Jester and MC Linx.

“It never ceases to amaze me how much talent there is in the City of Toronto, and to be able to provide a platform where established artists and up-and-comers can perform on the same stage in the name of my favourite cause is nothing short of a blessing.” – Kid Kut

MusiCounts associated with CARAS, is a charity based organization that focuses on supporting music programs in schools across Canada, ensuring that children of all walks of life have access to music education through instrument grants, scholarships and other music initiatives. This year, schools across Canada will benefit from $600,000 worth of Band Aid musical instrument grants. The grants (worth $5,000 or $10,000) impact thousands of young Canadians and support diverse music programs that include concert and jazz bands to drum and guitar ensembles from Pre K to Grade 12 in urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities from coast to coast.  For more information on MusiCounts, please see their official website at

The Hard Rock Café, located in the heart of Toronto, is a perfect venue for such an event which boasts a long history of live performances. With limited advanced tickets available, it is strongly recommended that you purchase yours early, as it is guaranteed to sell out.

On December 17th, 2013, you can expect an evening of unparalleled musical entertainment, along with the opportunity to give the gift of music to generations to come via silent auctions, and raffles.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts Canada on behalf of The CASIO® Gift of Music Team.

“It’s important to keep children learning through music in schools.  Music is an amazing force that can make people with difference share something in common.” – Natalie of IV Play.

“Music may be the one gift that we can give to one another that is universally appreciated, and re-gifted over and over.” – Darling Nicky

Advanced $15.00 tickets to The Gift of Music can be purchased securely online at OR by calling 416.858.2191.

Please join us at The Gift of Music on December 17th, 2013 at The Hard Rock Café.

For General Info:
For Media Inquiries:

Darling Nicky, Publicity and Media Relations,
The Gift of Music


Leave a comment

Filed under Press

HEADLINER FEATURE: “All My Love” Glenn Lewis ft. Melanie Fiona (2013)

Make sure you check out R&B sensation Glenn Lewis on DEC. 17 at The Hard Rock Cafe for The CASIO Gift of Music event!

Leave a comment

October 2, 2013 · 7:13 PM