Spaces Still Available

As we prepare to begin the winter-spring session of The Big Sound@Hillcrest please note that spaces are still available.

The program runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning with a nutritious snack followed by instruction in how to play the violin, music harmony, singing in a choir, and music theory.  Instruments are provided and there is no cost to eligible families.

If you are interested, contact us at or give us a call at 519-372-9715.

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.