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Inspired by a program developed in Venezuela in the mid 1970s, The Big Sound creates opportunities for children and youth who, for various reasons, are often excluded from extra-curricular musical activities, such as playing in an ensemble or orchestra.

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The Big Sound Is At Imminent Risk of Closing

It is with profound sadness that that we announce that, unless someone with the necessary skills and knowledge steps forward, El Sistema Grey Bruce (The Big Sound) will cease operations at the end of August.

It is not for lack of children as our last program was oversubscribed.  It is not for a lack of Teaching Artists as we have three Music Teachers willing to lead programs in the fall.  It is not for a lack of funding as we have a sufficient amount to continue operations.  Rather, the current Board of Directors is fatigued and despite our best efforts to recruit qualified people willing to take over the administration of the organization, no one has stepped forward.

Per our Articles, The Big Sound’s assets will be offered up to Charities Registered under the Income Tax Act.

It has been our pleasure to provide music programs to area children for the past 5 years.  Over 400 have participated, thanks to the support of the Bluewater District Board of Education and numerous sponsors.  In particular, The Big Sound would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Leflar Foundation, United Way Bruce Grey as well as the many private citizens who have made donations over the years.

If you believe that you are in a position to take on a leadership role with El Sistema Grey Bruce (The Big Sound) please contact us at

David McLeish


The Big Sound at One World Festival

Join us at the Owen Sound Farmer’s Market on June 7 to celebrate and experience the One World Festival!

Our Music & Movement students will be performing at 12:30pm!

Come and help us celebrate the incredible diversity of Grey and Bruce counties!