[Originally published on December 3, 2010]
On behalf of The Gift of Music Team, I want to express our sincere gratitude to EVERYONE who made December 2, 2010 such a memorable and special night. It goes without saying that from the conception of the idea in August 2010, through to its execution in December 2010, it has been a true labour of love for our team, and we have so many people we want to thank.
To Kardinal Offishall (Kardi, Mr. International, Mr. T DOT OOOOH) –
We want to express our sincerest thanks for bringing your unparalleled hype factor to the mic, and acting as the evening’s host.
To Jester and P-Plus –
It is one thing to be a great DJ, that of which both of you are. It’s another to use your talent to make others shine. The spectacular performances by the Gift of Music artists, are due in large part to your ability to support them seamlessly. You two are truly musical gifts.
To our phenomenal roster of Gift of Music performers –
Revived, Liya, Khandi, Earl LaPierre Jr (Eman), Daniel Daley, Trish, Melanie Durrant, Aion Clarke, Kim Davis, Saukrates, Ray Robinson, and The AIM Dance Team….there are no words to describe the magic you helped to create last night. Sometimes, when we do things from the heart, it shows. And you know what, last night it showed. What you did last night went beyond our expectations, and as I choke back tears (calm and collected tears of course), you will never know how much you are loved and appreciated.
To Jully Black –
Who is too humble to appreciate being thanked separately, BUT, whose appearance and amazing performance was nothing short of shock and awe. We love you Jully, thank you.
To The Hard Rock Cafe –
Thank you for all your help, your flexibility, and the wonderful donations towards our cause.
To Eugene from Play De Record –
Thanks for coming through for us. In more ways than one. So happy you came!
To our Sponsors, Media, and Supporters –
M5V – http://www.M5Vinc.com (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music)
Ginger – http://www.directcom.ca (The BEST graphic designer! We cannot thank you enough).
Talk of Toronto – http://www.talkoftoronto.com (Our first online media supporter)
TDOT EXPOSED – http://www.tdotexposed.com (Media family, sponsor, and friends of The Gift of Music)
I AM What’s Hot – http://www.iamwhatshot.com (A true supporter of music and urban culture)
Ticket Gateway – http://www.ticketgateway.com (Thank goodness for online ticket sales)
DJ Depot – http://www.djdepot.ca (For always supporting Kid Kut)
Universal Music Canada – http://www.universalmusic.com (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music)
Kid Kut – http://www.kidkut.com (Without him, there would be no event!)
IV Play – http://www.ivplay.ca (Without her, there would be no event!)
Toronto Lime – http://www.toronto-lime.com (For helping to spread the word to all markets)
The New Flow 93.5 – http://www.flow935.com (For hooking up lucky winners with Gift of Music tickets)
Evolution of Gospel Music – http://www.evolutionofgospelmusic.com (Thank you for your prize donation)
My Toronto VIP – http://www.mytorontovip.com (Media sponsor, and friends of The Gift of Music)
Meshia’s Closet – http://www.meshiascloset.com (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music with the T-Shirts)
Julie Custom Cakes – http://www.juliecustomcakes.com (We loved the chocolate cake balls!)
Offshoot Communications – http://www.shootlife.ca (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music)
Committed4Life – (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music)
Shine Barbershop and Hair Salon – (Best haircut in the “just outside of” Toronto area)
Princess Promo – (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music)
Baker’s Jerk (Brampton) – (The food was scrumptious).
To our Event Photographers:
Lawrence Kerr Photography, you shot the moments that will be life-long memories for us. Thank you.
Zakiya Tafari a.k.a. Soca Dread, you’ve never let me down, and your support and friendship is irreplaceable.
To our Event volunteers:
Chantal, Yonette, Sarita and Bethann – In some ways, you ladies were the true stars of the night. No brawls at the door and raffle tickets galore. We are so grateful to you.
To Mike Hurley from MusiCounts/Juno Awards –
Even though your organization is the benefactor of our event, we appreciate the support with prizing, the use of the MusiCounts banner, and moreover, the tremendous support and enthusiasm you shared with us over this event. As we said, we knew your cause was the right fit for us, and apparently, so did the rest of the city. We are truly happy to have done our part to help keep music programs alive in Canadian schools.
To Keziah Myers –
Who chose to celebrate her birthday at The Gift of Music, and brought a few friends, (or 10, or 30). For that, we are thrilled that we could be a part of your special day, and that because of you, so many people got to experience The Gift of Music. We hope that you enjoyed yourself, as much as we enjoyed having you.
To all of our Friends and Family –
Who put up with us while we multi-tasked for weeks one end.
To everyone that joined us at The Gift of Music –
Thank you for choosing to spend a cold Thursday night in December with us. Our next event is already in the works, and we promise you warmer weather! Great to see everyone united in music.
Yours very sincerely,
P.S. If we have forgotten anyone, it is NOT that we are ungrateful, it is that we are human. We cherish everyone who shared the evening with us.