Youth Open Mic Night #1

We had a great turn out for our first open mic night at the Library on Thursday November 10. Folks from the Youth Social Justice Group shared their mission and vision, Josh Ritchie was our gracious MC and resident musician and pizza finally arrived 🙂

Feedback from participants and their adults was overwhelmingly positive, and being in community with others while sharing some fun, friendship, and music made for great evening.

The Big Sound in partnership with the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library will be hosting more Open Mic Nights through the June 2023 on a monthly basis. Open to youth 13-17, to share their musical interests and talents, and create a space to dig into the incredible social justice and change work happening locally here in Grey Bruce Counties.

There is no cost to participants, and dinner is served. Adults connected to the youth participants are welcome though not required. Join us next month to learn more! We will be hosting Open Mic #2 on Thursday December 1 from 5:30-7:30pm. Registration is not required.

The Big Sound is Part of Something Even Bigger!

The Big Sound is an El Sistema inspired program that is deeply rooted in the belief that music is a human right. We are connected to so many other programs and people all around the world through our shared foundation of the El Sistema principles of social change through music and music for all, regardless of barriers and backgrounds.

Last week the folks at El Sistema USA, a network organization made up of El Sistema inspired programs all over the United States (and Canada) came together for the Bridge to Harmony Brunch, celebrating the incredible work of all the El Sistema students and learn about all of the fantastic work of young musicians all over North America.

The Big Sound is proud to be part of the El Sistema network- music is a tool for social change here in Grey Bruce, and ALL over the world!

Check out the replay of the whole virtual brunch here!

Music & Movement Beginning Soon!

We are so excited to welcome our 2022-23 music and movement students this week! Led by Gael and supported by our fantastic volunteers, the program kicks off with a bang, welcoming just over 20 students to the program, with more on the waitlist. We are working hard to find ways to support all of the students interested in participating, and were overwhelmed by the number of families who wanted to join. Music is such an important tool for self expression, creativity, inclusion, and FUN!

Music & Movement Begins!

Our core program, Music & Movement begins this week for the 2022-23 school year. Hosted by Hillcrest Elementary School in Owen Sound, our after school program is open to children aged 5-9 years old. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the program this year, and we are happy to have so many excited families involved, and many more on our waitlist.

This speaks to one of the core values of The Big Sound- music for all, regardless of background. We are working hard behind the scenes to find ways to serve more children and their families in Grey Bruce, as the waitlist for our program shows- The Big Sound is doing good work in our community, and folks want to be a part of it!

This fall and winter, students will be exploring percussion and pitched percussion instruments with Gael Mulvaney-Courtois and volunteers. Look for opportunities to hear these young musicians in concert before the end of the school year!

Interested in learning more about how to get involved with The Big Sound? Reach out to us at to connect and find out about all of the ways volunteers help to support social change through music.