In 2018, Porchfest NDG will be raising funds to bring back the Multicultural Choir offered by the Walkley Community Centre.
At the beginning of 2014, the Walkley Centre team was selected to develop a multicultural choir through the Artiste-Animateur project of the cultural department of the City of Montreal. The project allowed for a partnership with CAMMAC which is a musical education organization which allowed access to a professional choir director.
Through the Centre's homework help program, children from Loyola district schools participated in weekly workshops during which they learned songs and discovered various musical instruments thanks to the participation of many guests. Throughout the entire program, the musical direction reflected the many cultures of origin of the children participating, and at the end of each session, the groups presented short concerts with traditional music from Québec, Pakistan, Jamaica, Israel, and many other places around the world.
Funding for the program came to an end in 2015 and since then, the Walkley Centre has been looking to find alternate sources of funding in order to bring back this wonderful music program which nearly 150 children from the NDG community benefited from.
The Walkley Centre has been offering community and recreation activities for over 30 years. It has been working to offer a variety of recreational and community programs that target all members of the surrounding community. Activities are offered 6 days a week and include an after school program, Saturday club, community garden, multicultural choir, a cosom hockey program, teen programs and exercise programs for adults and seniors. We also serve as a service point for a variety of activities offered by local community partners such as Boîte à Lunch and Jeunes en Santé. (from http://jeunesseloyola.org)
2017: Porchfest raised over $5000 for the Westhaven-Elmhurst Community Association, which offers free programs for teens and young adults in the NDG area of Montreal. All the donations collected during the 2017 edition of Porchfest NDG went towards improving music education resources available to NDG youth through Westhaven’s inclusive and accessible music program. Tous les dons pour Porchefest NDG 2017 seront versés afin d’améliorer les ressources pour l’éducation musicale des jeunes de NDG via les activités inclusives et accessibles du programme de Westhaven.
2016: Porchfest NDG 2016 raised over $3400 for J2K's after-school music program! Find out more about J2K here! Balconfête NDG est fier de lever $3400 pour le programme de musique de J2K, une initiative du quartier NDG! Pour en connaitre plus. )