Traditional Irish Dance Tunes

A Big Sound shout out to our friends Bill and Lynda Henry for stopping by to introduce our year 2 students to a few traditional Irish dance and folk tunes.  Bill even taught one of the tunes to the students!!!


We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Get Ready for Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday December 3rd, we ask that you consider giving the gift of music to a child through a charitable donation to The Big Sound.  And, if you make your donation through our website ( onGivingTuesday, CanadaHelps will add an extra $5 to every donation of $25 or more.

El Sistema Grey Bruce – The Big Sound delivers an inclusive after school Music Program for children and youth.   Designed to be fun and engaging, The Big Sound helps children and youth develop as individuals – learning valuable life skills while at the same time growing musically.  It’s all about social change through music.

Since The Big Sound extends no monetary costs/fees to its Program participants and families, the Program’s success is totally reliant upon the community’s support, be it financial or through volunteer support.

As a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency, an official receipt for Income Tax purposes will be issued for all cash donations received.

With your support, we can make a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families through the power of music.

Theory Thursday

Looks like a fun day at The Big Sound.  Music theory may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it can be when you understand that it leads to making wonderful music.

Visiting Artist

On November 21st The Big Sound @ Hillcrest was thrilled to welcome Victoria Yeh (, a Toronto-based, classically trained violinist with a unique style that combines classical purity with the edginess of prog fusion.  Victoria not only performed for 350 primary/junior students, she also spent time with Big Sound students to answer their questions and play them a few of their favourite compositions.

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Spaces Still Available

Do you have a child between the ages of 9-11 who is looking for something to do after school?

In its second year of operation,  The Big Sound is currently accepting applications for children to join the Program in the New Year (January 2020).

The Big Sound is a local non-profit, registered charitable organization that runs an after-school that will inspire your child to achieve their full potential.  Your child will learn how to play an instrument and experience the joy of being part of an orchestra and choir.

The Program is held at Hillcrest Elementary School in Owen Sound and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from after school to 5:30 p.m. during the entire School Year.

There is no cost for the Program but commitment is required.  Children are expected to attend the Program every day and try their best.  Families are asked to support their child and encourage them to grow to their full potential.

If your child is interested in joining the Program and can get to Hillcrest safely after school,  they can submit an application for one of the limited Program spaces available.

For more information and/or to apply to The Big Sound, check out our website and/or contact us at

Welcome Ms. Viv!!!!

We are thrilled to welcome Vivian Bignell, Program Assistant to our program this year.  An experienced Educational Assistant “Ms. Viv” is on-hand to ensure that everyone has a successful and rewarding day at The Big Sound.

We’re back!!!!

We are very happy to welcome our second year students back to The Big Sound @ Hillcrest.  Not only that, but they have all been very busy learning new things about music!!