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

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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 | www.giftofmusicTO.com

VIDEO: The Official 2013 CASIO Gift of Music Recap Video | https://vimeo.com/84779364

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

https://giftofmusicto.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/the-2013-casio-gift-of-music-performances-photo- gallery/

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

https://giftofmusicto.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/the-2013-casio-gift-of-music-media-centre-photo- gallery/

For additional video coverage of The 2013 CASIO Gift of Music event, please see:

http://www.giftofmusicTO.com Follow on Twitter! @giftofmusicTO

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An Open Letter from The Gift of Music – 2012

On behalf of The Gift of Music Team, I want to express our sincere gratitude to EVERYONE who made December 8, 2011 another memorable and special night.  In 2 years, we are proud to have donated $9,000.00 to MusiCounts Canada.  It goes without saying that from the conception of the idea in August 2010, each event has been a true labour of love for our team, and we have so many people we want to thank.

To Michie “Badgyal” Mee (the Hostess with the Mostest) –

We were so thrilled to have you host this event that has such great meaning to us.  Your pizzazz set our stage on fire, and that one of Canada’s most trendsetting artists was a part of this means the world. 

To Jester, DJ Ononymous, DJ Rych Kydd and P-Plus

It is one thing to be a great DJ, that which all of you are. But to support our mission to keep music programs alive in schools across Canada is a greatness unparalleled.

To our phenomenal roster of Gift of Music performers  

Andreena Mill, Divine Brown, August Rigo, Ray Robinson, Omar Lunan, A-GAME, Rich Kidd, Slakah the Beatchild, Shi Wisdom, Ms Paige, Yosvany and Selah (the Band)…that you would embrace our vision and exceed our expectations is the BEST Gift of Music we could ever ask for.   We are truly grateful for being the substance of our show, and for loving music as much as we do that you would make sharing it with us your life’s mission.

To The Hard Rock Cafe

Thank you for all your help, your flexibility, and the wonderful donations towards our cause.

To our Sponsors, Media, and Supporters  

M5V Realty Inc. | http://www.m5vinc.com

CHRY 105.5 FM | http://www.chry.fm

Blackberry | ca.blackberry.com

NOKIA Canada | http://www.nokia.ca

H&M Canada | http://www.hm.com/ca/

Body Blitz Spa |www.bodyblitzspa.com

DJ Depot | http://www.djdepot.ca

Kid Kut – The Voice of the Vibe | http://www.kidkut.com

IV Play | http://www.ivplay.com

Darling Nicky Writing and Publicity | http://www.darlingnicky.ca

Gingerhttp://www.directcom.ca

 Talk of Torontohttp://www.talkoftoronto.com

I AM What’s Hothttp://www.iamwhatshot.com

Ticket Gatewayhttp://www.ticketgateway.com

Toronto Limehttp://www.toronto-lime.com

My Toronto VIPhttp://www.mytorontovip.com

Princess Promo – (Thank you for promoting The Gift of Music)

Baker’s Jerk (Brampton) –  (The food was scrumptious).

To our Event Photographer –

Lawrence Kerr Photography, you shot the moments that will be life-long memories for us. Thank you.

To our Event volunteers – 

Monique, Beth, Camesha, Donna and Juanita.  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 – 

We’ve really come to cherish this special relationship with the MusiCounts organization, and you can look forward to our continued support.  All the best!

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,

Darling Nicky on behalf of The Gift of Music Team

 

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.

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An Open Letter, in the spirit of Music

[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 –  

 M5Vhttp://www.M5Vinc.com (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music)

Gingerhttp://www.directcom.ca (The BEST graphic designer!  We cannot thank you enough).

Talk of Torontohttp://www.talkoftoronto.com (Our first online media supporter)

TDOT EXPOSEDhttp://www.tdotexposed.com (Media family, sponsor, and friends of The Gift of Music)

I AM What’s Hothttp://www.iamwhatshot.com (A true supporter of music and urban culture)

Ticket Gatewayhttp://www.ticketgateway.com (Thank goodness for online ticket sales)

DJ Depot http://www.djdepot.ca (For always supporting Kid Kut)

Universal Music Canadahttp://www.universalmusic.com (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music)

Kid Kuthttp://www.kidkut.com (Without him, there would be no event!)

IV Playhttp://www.ivplay.ca (Without her, there would be no event!)

Darling Nickyhttp://www.darlingnicky.ca | http://www.darlingnicky999.com (OK..so I sent a few emails….Lol!)

Toronto Limehttp://www.toronto-lime.com (For helping to spread the word to all markets)

The New Flow 93.5http://www.flow935.com (For hooking up lucky winners with Gift of Music tickets)

Evolution of Gospel Musichttp://www.evolutionofgospelmusic.com (Thank you for your prize donation)

My Toronto VIPhttp://www.mytorontovip.com (Media sponsor, and friends of The Gift of Music)

Meshia’s Closethttp://www.meshiascloset.com (Thank you for sponsoring The Gift of Music with the T-Shirts)

Julie Custom Cakeshttp://www.juliecustomcakes.com (We loved the chocolate cake balls!)

Offshoot Communicationshttp://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,

Darling Nicky on behalf of The Gift of Music Team

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.

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