London, ON – In September 2021, Aeolian Hall received a 12-month, $100,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to support its arts and music education programs during the pandemic. Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, providing a safe space for children and youth to learn, a hub for the LGBTQ2 community, and a recording and performance venue for local, national and international artists has remained core to the Aeolian’s mission. With the support of the OTF, the Aeolian has expanded its technical abilities to meet growing online presentation and education needs while also sustaining itself during the pandemic.

“Congratulations to Aeolian Hall for receiving this funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund. Thanks to these funds and Aeolian Hall’s hard work, the Aeolian has been able to continue providing such valuable programming for youth, as well as hosting such exciting artists at their performance venue. Well done Aeolian Hall!” said Terence Kernaghan, MPP for London North Centre.

This grant supported the operation, development and growth of the Aeolian’s programs, including: supporting the further development of its online recording capacity for presentation and education, marketing research and support for its education campus.

“The Aeolian is grateful for these investments by OTF and excited for their impact” said Dr. Paul Cooper, Chair of the Aeolian Board of Directors. “These investments allow us to increase our recording studio capabilities helping to offer higher quality online education and events. This will in turn help us to offer more artists and community groups expansion of their audiences while at the same time providing them with assets for marketing their careers. These new assets and abilities also benefit our online arts education portals for both El Sistema Aeolian and Pride Men’s Chorus London, programs that afford universal access to the arts and art education. The Aeolian has been the cornerstone of Old East Village and of the arts in London, Ontario. OTF’s investment in the Aeolian during a particularly challenging time for arts organizations will ensure that we both survive and flourish.”

The Aeolian Hall is located at 795 Dundas Street in the heart of Old East Village. The Aeolian believes that the arts can enlighten, inspire and transform, and believes in universal access to music, art, culture, education and community. The Aeolian presents excellence in performance and creates revolutionary arts programs to build better communities.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontairo, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly #209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.


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Clark Bryan, Executive & Artistic Director, Aeolian Hall

Email: clark@aeolianhall.ca | Phone: 519-672-7950

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