CAMPAIGN FOR THE AEOLIAN 2022 #myaeolian

The Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association is a not-for-profit organization that values universal access to music performance and education. Our programs build better, stronger communities. We have been a cornerstone of arts and music in London and Old East Village for almost two decades. The COVID pandemic has challenged the way we deliver to students and patrons, but it has left us more determined than ever to meet our goals.

the impact of your support

Your financial gifts are a part of this success. Your support has ensured safe, consistent programming for children and youth in a time of confusion. Your support has kept musicians on the stage. Your support has ensured that our community stays strong. Your support has kept our lights on, and our team waiting near the doors: anxious to open them again to friends and family.

Enjoy a year in the life of our Aeolian with the documentary below, capturing highlights and successes of our last year.

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Being Good at Being Us

The challenge remains: our programs need you, they need your financial support to continue building communities, to continue enriching lives through music and the arts and to continue to light the way for others. YOU have always been a part of our story. What chapter have you written. What is your Aeolian story. Help us to tell our story by being part of it’s delivery. What is your Aeolian?  Let’s keep on this journey. Despite all we’ve seen and all we have been through as a people, better days are ahead. We can be part of that promise, together.

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what is #myaeolian

Dear Friends,

For 138 years, The Aeolian has been a focal point of community and the arts.  Stories abound. As we move forward to create new stories, we want to capture your stories.  What is your Aeolian?

We hope that you will tell us about your Aeolian experiences. You can share your story with us in writing, with a photo or by sending a short video. We would love to share it with others.

Send us your Aeolian story and help us showcase the role The Aeolian plays in our community.  Your stories will help us celebrate the past and gain support to catalyze our future together!

Use your phone.

Tell your story in 2 minutes or less.

Send it to us.

We will do the rest!

We cannot wait to hear your stories.

Clark Bryan, Executive & Artistic Director, Aeolian Hall

EL SISTEMA AEOLIAN

The arts enlighten, inspire and transform individuals, helping us build strong, healthy and vibrant communities. El Sistema Aeolian provides an opportunity for children, youth and their communities to experience a free, intensive, innovative and accessible after school music program. We provide expert instruction in a nurturing, safe and inclusive environment allowing participants to develop their full social and musical potential.

We see a world in which all children and youth experience the joy and inspiration of music. The skills they will learn are transferable and include social engagement, inclusiveness, leadership, pursuit of excellence and creative learning styles. These skills and pathways will open new horizons and alternative pathways for these young people. It will assist them to achieve their full potential and enrich our communities.

While the last year had its share of by uncertainty and change, El Sistema Aeolian has continued to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for young musicians. Learning was both virtual and in-person, out of doors and inside our learning space. A virtual concert occured in March. Despite the lack of audience, our program participants brought a high level of intensity and keenness to the project.

Highlights of the Last Year

  • Maintaining a safe, nurturing digital learning environment during the pandemic
  • presenting online, livestreamed concerts to highlight program excellence
  • returning to in person learning activities first outside, later inside, and finally the first performance of the full symphonic orchestra with a live audience in over two years
  • collaborative performance with iconic artists such as canadian brass and country music legend ty herndon
  • opportunity for peer mentorship and the leadership class with regular guest speakers including Buffy Sainte-Marie and peter fragiskatos
  • first graduation ceremony for 12 departing el sistema aeolian learners
  • celebration for two students who have accepted admission offers to the School of music at western university

AEOLIAN PRODUCTION

Production at the Aeolian has been a mainstay of the London entertainment scene for nearly 20 years since Clark Bryan purchased the Hall in 2004. With up to 200 or more nights of live entertainment, community events, informative talks and fundraisers a year, the Aeolian stage has stories. Having been host to some of the world’s most outstanding talent, icons like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chantal Kreviazuk and Molly Johnson love to call the Aeolian home.

For the first time, the entertainment spilled outdoors on 2022 with the first Aeolian Jazz and Musical Arts Festival which Brough thousands of music enthusiasts to the Aeolian Hall and the surrounding neighbourhood for 5 nights and two days of almost non-stop music. Headliners such as Carol Welsman, Julian Taylor, Amanda Tosoff with Emilie-Claire Barlow and the Payadora Jazz Ensemble will forever be remembered as part of this historic festival.

Highlights of the Last Year

  • weekly digitally streamed recordings of the aeolian phoenix sessions delivered to a subscriber audience
  • return to live production with andrea ramolo, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the canadian brass, molly johnson, Chantal Kreviazuk and other brilliant canadian artists and musicians
  • launch of the first aeolian jazz and musical arts festival featuring over 100 performers, musicians and artisans
  • historic performance by the jason max ferdinand choir as part of black love, a celebration of and tribute to the first meeting of the canadian league for the advancement of coloured people (1927).
  • Two sold-out nights of the concert for peace, a fundraiser for the international Red Cross to support their efforts in assisting those trapped by the war in ukraine.
  • redesign of the aeolian infrastructure to provide additional studio and performance space.
  • launch of the successful Pride socials on wednesday evenings as well as the aeolian phoenix retrospective concerts on Thursdays throughout the summer in the Dave Southen Lounge and Dundas Street garden.

PriDE MEN’S Chorus London

Community is a sense of belonging and a feeling that members of a group matter to one another and to the group. During these unprecedented times, creating a sense of community, friendship and inclusivity has been especially important. Statistics Canada reports that the 2SLGBTQIA+ community may be more at risk from the economic fallout of the pandemic, as well as the toll on mental health, compared to their heterosexual counterparts. 

Pride Men’s Chorus London is more than just a choir. It’s a community. It’s a family. Member Eric Jamieson said, “This is a part of my community. I’ve never had people who are like me to look up to. I’ve never felt more at home.” For people like Eric, the Chorus has been a lifeline to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, at a time when most people felt the pangs of loneliness, separated from friends and loved ones, as we were forced to isolate at home.

Highlights of the Last Year

  • online rehearsals and social activities during the pandemic
  • a heart-wrenching rendition of “Bring Him Home” from the musical, “Les Miserables” at a special streamed performance for World AIDS Day (a collaboration with Regional HIV-AIDS Connection).
  • performing a virtual Christmas concert, to brighten the spirits of our friends and followers. 
  • participation in the concert for peace.
  • the Chorus collaborated with Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning country music artist, Ty Herndon.
  • performing at the Pride Celebration for Siloam United Church.
  • Premier performance of “Brave” a celebration of 2SLGBTQ+ history on the aeolian stage in the spring.

#myAeolian

…is many, many things.

Iconic Canadian indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie noted in our guest book that the Aeolian is her favourite venue in the world off the reservation. For many, the Aeolian is more than a concert venue or music program – it is family, it is friendship, it is community.

Aeolian is a way of life.

Join us on a journey of self reflection and help the Aeolian grow in our community.

 

WHAT IS YOUR AEOLIAN

Write us a testimonial. Send us a video clip. Drop by and chat with us in person. Tell us… what is your Aeolian. We would live to use your audio, video or written clip to help tell our story… because your story IS our story. The Aeolian exists because of people like you: patrons, donors, sponsors, volunteers, neighbours and friends.

Call us at 519-709-1656.

Email us at development@aeolianhall.ca

Drop by 795 Dundas during business hours to chat.

Or complete the online form here… and send is your thoughts!

We cannot wait to hear from you.

Be part of #myAeolian.

NOTE: We know that whatever you tell us will be brilliant… and we look forward to being able to share it. We might edit it a bit for length or clarity.

 

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Has given me the opportunity to make friends, learn music, and developas a young leader in El Sistema Aeolian.

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Allows me to use my voice to advocate for fairness and equality for the 2LGBTQ+ community as a member of Pride Men’s Chorus.

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Is being part of London’s rich architectural heritage and local history,

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Is Live presentation and being able to see some of the most unique talent in the world right here at home

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Is building a healthier, stronger community for generations to come.

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Is my hometown stage. I always wanted to play there, and now I am part of the family.

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Gives me pride in myself and pride for my community.

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Values diversity and the innate goodness of all people.

giving to aeolian hall

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.

how to Donate

MAIL

Write a cheque made out to Aeolian Hall Musical Arts Association and mail to:

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

one time or monthly gifts by credit card

Credit Card gifts can be made on the secure CanadaHelps website. Donors have the option of selecting a monthly recurring gift or a one-time gift.

PLANNED GIVING

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.

TAX RECEIPT

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.

giving online

Online donations can be made as one-time or monthly gifts securely via CanadaHelps, below.

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.

Give to Culture

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.