In 2017, the Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association worked with our staff, volunteers, donors, musicians and friends to tell our extraordinary story.

Our history is long. Our impact is immeasurable.

For 135 years we have stood as a beacon of renewal, of hope, and of community in London’s Old East Village. We are proud to share our story: because it has only just begun.

At Aeolian Hall, we celebrate the generosity of our donors and volunteers.

We thrive because of the thoughtful contributions of many. We are humbled by your kindness and pleased that you share our mission.

We treat every gift as special, no matter the size. A small gift for today, a larger gift for the year, or a long term pledge to ensure a sustained legacy all play a role in in building a better community.

Vital programs like El Sistema Aeolian – our free after-school music program for children and youth who do have access to affordable music education – are shaping the lives of our next generation of leaders and philanthropists: our participants care about the community, the environment, and the world they live in: just like you.

There are so many ways to support us.


If you are looking to support an organization that cultivates the arts, promotes community, has unique arts education programs, believes in diversity and supports programs for children and youth, do we have an opportunity for you!

The Aeolian is an Ontario Government Registered Non-Profit and has Canadian registered Charity status.

Your donation can support:

  • Our free, intensive after school music program El Sistema Aeolian for children and youth
  • Our Aeolian Productions including music of all genres, visual art, dance, film and theatre
  • Pride Men’s Chorus London, a choir open to men of all background and identities
  • Rebelheart Collective, a new chamber orchestra with a focus on social justice and accessibility
  • Other programs such as Ignite London and 88 Keys to Inspiration
  • Our preservation of two designated Heritage Buildings:  Aeolian Hall and Bishop Cronyn Memorial Place

how to Donate


Write a cheque made out to Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association

Aeolian Hall – 795 Dundas Street – London, Ontario – N5W 2Z6


By Credit (over the phone), debit, cash and credit at Box Office during office hours.


The Aeolian welcomes all levels of support, but if you feel that you can give in larger ways, consider us when preparing your Estate Will or any other type of gift giving instrument.  We can assure you that your gift will positively impact greatly on the quality and number of services we provide to the London and region Communities.

Your contribution will leave a memory, enrich people’s lives and support the growth and development of our Mission and Vision.


A tax receipt can be provided for monetary donations or donations in kind which have an official appraisal.  Donations for services cannot receive a tax receipt as per CRA regulations.

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Legacy Donor Campaign

Spreading Music, Changing Lives

 What would your life be like without music?

Music has the power to inspire, enlighten and transform.  It is a Universal Language that breaks down barriers and speaks to our collective humanity.

The Aeolian believes that everyone should have access to music and the arts.

Help us present excellence in performance and continue to offer and create revolutionary arts programs that build better communities.


  • Help sustain and grow The Aeolian’s programs including Concerts, El Sistema Aeolian, Pride Men’s Chorus, Aeolian Talks and our Art Shows
  • Help preserve and restore our two designated Heritage Sites: Aeolian Hall and the former Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church
  • Promote diversity in our programing and foster Social Inclusion and Social Justice in our communities
  • To offer Universal Access to Music, Art, Culture and Education through our free opportunities such as El Sistema Aeolian and Aeolian Talks
  • Maintain our presence locally, nationally and internationally as a top venue in Canada
  • To offer opportunities to our local musicians to perform in a world-class “Legendary” venue
  • To help us purchase new equipment needed for our performance and teaching spaces


  • Two Designated Historical Sites: Aeolian Hall (1884) and Bishop Cronyn Memorial Place (1875)
  • Run by a Canadian Non-Profit Organization with Charitable Status: The Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association
  • Board Members are highly experienced
  • Voted as Best Live Venue by the Forest City London Music Awards four times
  • Voted by CBC Radio 3 Searchlight Contest as one of the top venues in Canada
  • Small paid staff and large volunteer support
  • Executive/Artistic Director is member of Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music Wall of Fame


  • Present Concerts and events with very diverse offerings
  • Offer our facility for rent including special affordable rates for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Supporters include Government, Foundations, Corporate and Individuals
  • Create programming that supports disadvantaged populations
  • Work with Community Partners to help strengthen and grow opportunities in our community
  • Work with newcomers to help give opportunities in our programs and help them find a home in our community



“Besides the reserves, Aeolian is my most favourite venue in the world” 
– Buffy Saint Marie


“Aeolian Hall is a cozy theatre which hosts an abundance of local, national and international artists on their world-class stage…From the hall’s historic décor, artsy volunteers, hard-working staff, local brew, amazing entertainment, and heart-filling acoustics,  the word about Aeolian Hall is being spread far and wide and people are catching on to the gift that London Ontario natives are calling “The place to be for a great night out”. As a business-person, I am impressed by the organizational skills of the staff behind the scenes who work diligently to make sure each show goes without a hitch. Aeolian Hall is a magical place, built on love.  And all who enter its doors will be touched by this magic. It truly is the place to be!”
– Sarah Smith


“I love volunteering at the Hall for a number of reasons. There is an obvious giving back to the community but there is also the Aeolian community itself. The staff and volunteers are a great group of people from diverse backgrounds. We all start here for the love of music and stay for the community we are building.”

– Cindy Thomas


“Pride Men’s Chorus London has challenged me musically, and rewarded me personally. The repertoire is often fun, sometimes thought-provoking, but when all those voices come together in concert, there is something truly beautiful and inspiring that happens, and it is a huge privilege to be a part of that beauty.”
– Murray Watson, Pride Men’s Chorus London


“I cannot express the impact that El Sistema has had on our family. Ella has blossomed as a confident eight-year-old and is identifying herself as a violin player. She often takes the opportunity to practice and teach her siblings the violin and has expressed her love for music […] Since starting in October of 2013, Ella has been invited to play her violin for various house guests and has been asked to play at several community events. This has enabled her to gain more confidence in her playing abilities and has also allowed her to connect with her emerging talent. El Sistema has truly opened many doors for my daughter, and through her, it is affecting the entire family in a positive way. I cannot express my sincere gratitude for this wonderful program. Many thanks for giving her this life-changing opportunity!” 
– Martha M., Parent of El Sistema Aeolian Student



el sistema gift of music campaign

Gift of Music, Gift of Community

Did you ever have “lessons” when you were young?  Whether they were swimming, hockey, music, art, dance or other lessons, think of your life without those experiences.  How would that change you?

Now imagine a program that offers to give high quality and intensive music education to youth in our city.

Your donation supports more than 115 Children between the ages of 6 and 18 to play in orchestras, sing in choirs and enjoy a healthy dinner and snack.  All of these experiences are 100% free, helping fill the gap between those receiving an enriched music education and those who don’t.

Many great musicians are acting as advocates for our program and have collaborated with the participants.    Marc Jordan, Royal Wood, Valdi, Yuri Pool and Matt Alber have all put their names behind this incredible opportunity as Honorary Patrons.


  • Inspire youth with the gift of music
  • Fill the gap between those receiving enriched music education and those who don’t
  • Eliminate many barriers to participation including economic, social and academic
  • Cultivate Leadership and Peer Mentorship as transferable skills
  • Help participants and their families to have a sense of belonging in our community
  • Improve abilities such as memory, tactile skills, spatial reasoning and literary skills


  • A free, intensive music program open to all without audition or experience
  • Part of a Global movement of programs in 86 countries, winning TED, UNESCO and the Glen Gould Awards
  • Over 115 participants perform in orchestras, sing in choirs, eat nutritious meals and perform many concerts each year
  • Unique Leadership and Peer Mentorship program taught in collaboration with Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music


  • Minimum 3 days of training for 2.5 hours per day
  • Highly qualified music teachers many with Master’s Degrees or higher level training
  • Our home: The Aeolian Education Campus at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Place in the heart of London includes 14,000 square feet of classrooms, studios, kitchen and performance spaces
  • 15 to 20 performances per year
  • Over 50 volunteers support the classrooms, teaching and meals



“El Sistema Aeolian has made a big impact on my life specially when I was going through a hard time in my life. Going to El Sistema has helped me to escape all my worries and struggles. Thanks to the people that I met in the program who are so supportive, I became a more positive person who learn to love the music. I can feel the rhythm of each piece we play and in that moment I feel that we are just one trying to express the way that I see the world now. My mom loves the sound of my voice and she says that I have improved a lot since I am in the choir. Thanks so much to El Sistema Aeolian and all the people that are in the program they are like my family I feel at home when I am there.
– Laura C.


“This is my son’s fourth year at El Sistema Aeolian. He’s gained a real sense of musical technique and confidence, which is wonderful to witness. El Sistema is also a place of community where he enjoys spending time with friends and skilled teachers. This sense of belonging and responsibility to others has been an invaluable and enriching experience for our son and our family as a whole.”
– Ann T.

 Honorary Patron

 “Nothing develops a young mind more successfully, nor sets them on the right path quicker than the arts and the proper after school program to go with it. El Sistema Aeolian levels the playing field and allows more than just the privileged children an opportunity to expand their mind and abilities. El Sistema gives children the tools to change the world for the better.”

– Royal Wood

El sistema patron program

Give the “Gift of Music” and make an investment in the lives of youth in our community.  Help support the opportunity to experience and learn music while cultivating teamwork, mutual respect, compassion and leadership.  Your ongoing commitment to El Sistema Aeolian provides the needed stability to operate, develop and expand this program to youth in our London Community.

The patron program is for donors who wish to make a longer term impact. Your pledge renews annually for three years and may be renewed.



“This program has had a huge impact on our family. Being a single mother has its challenges, and one of those challenges is engaging my children into life-long skills training at a reasonable price.  El Sistema Aeolian has made it possible for my kids to be a member of a skilled music program and confidently be a contributing force to the larger community that listens to their wonderful music, all provided for free. I am thrilled with the way my kids have grown as musicians, socially, and overall as contributing members of a community.”

– M. Macause


“My son has been in the El Sistema Aeolian program for over three years so far.   I have seen since the day he started huge progress in my son life ever since.   El Sistema is one of those programs that not only brings music to a kid`s life, it is also an integral program where all their capacities are tested to the level of excellence.   I can say that today my son has gained skills and knowledge not only in music, it is also social demureness, leadership, public speech, matures, stronger character making decision, independence and more. This program is well based in terms of the orientation to grow potential leaders in the music field that will bring value to the society in the near future.   The art of music through the El Sistema goes beyond any possible expectation.   I encourage everyone to participate actively promoting the social benefit of El Sistema Aeolian as organization.  I am so blessed of this wonderful opportunity.   My big thanks to all the El Sistema directors, coordinator, volunteers and everyone involved, working hard changing life for a better future.    Thank you El Sistema Aeolian!”
– Manuel Romero


“We rely on and deeply appreciate the healthy meals that’s are created by the volunteers in the El Sistema program. It allows us to transition our daughter from the end of busy school day to the beginning of her El Sistema programming. Knowing that she has had a chance to decompress, eat a healthy meal and socialize with peers is important to fuel her body and mind. This is also time well spent on further developing new and existing relationships with peers.” 
– Bob & Penney Aggelonitis


“Every time I see the El Sistema participants perform and see the growth in their music and confidence in themselves always gives me a special thrill having been involved with getting to know some of the participants over the years.”

– Janice Mark





el sistema gift catalogue



Please contact us by phone at 519-672-7950, by email at or donate online at Donate Online at: by selecting “El Sistema Gift Catalogue” from the list of funds and indicate what instruments would would like to purchase with your donation.

el sistema patrons


platinum patrons

Mr. Chris Collins  & Ms. Elana Johnson (2018-20)

Mr. Paul Strickland & Ms. Janice Strickland (2018-20)

gold patrons

Mr. Peter Dillon & Ms. Jennifer Hunter-Dillon (2018-20)

John & Margaret Nicholson (2018-2020)

Lorne and Marilyn Parnes (2018-2020)

silver patrons

Elizabeth Parmeter & Bill Horne (2018-20)

Gordon & Louise Thompson (2018-20)

Kelley McKeating & Bruce Jones (2018-20)

Larry & Susan Agranove Family Fund at London Community Foundation (2018-20)

Nicholas J. Koppert (2018-20)

bronze patrons

Mr. Ernest Redekop (2018-20)

Frank & Mary Pyka (2018-20)

Dr. Barbara Lent & Robert Solomon (2018-20)

Dr. Betty Anne Younker (2018-20)

Honorary Patrons

Mr. Matt Alber (2017)

Mr. Royal Wood (2017)

Mr. Marc Jordan (2018)

Valdy (2019)

Yuri Poole (2019)


gift of music campaign donors






$1000 to $4999



$500 to $999

Samuel Hornby

Allan Thompson



$250 to $499

John P. Wiebe



$100 to $249

Suzanne Edmundson



$50 to $99

Susan Godin

John Murch

Ailene Wittstein



$25 to 29

Clark Bryan

legacy campaign donors






$1000 to $4999



$500 to $999



$250 to $499



$100 to $249

Gord & Vickie Drimmie



$50 to $99



$25 to 29

Rent The Aeolian

The Aeolian is a beautiful, unique, award-winning location to host your event.

While particularly renowned for its acoustic/live music presentations, the Aeolian is a versatile facility and can host all sorts of events from weddings and parties to conferences and fundraisers.

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Explore the arts. Support your community. Discover yourself.

The Aeolian relies heavily upon a strong base of community support that benefits many projects and events. All contributions, whether small or large, make a huge difference and will help sustain The Aeolian Musical Arts Association’s mission and future.