Patrons of the arts
Jonathan Elliotson started piano lessons when he was 3 years old, but there was no escaping his brass heritage. “I’m the last of five kids,” Elliotson explains. “The joke in our family was that piano was mandatory but trumpet was compulsory.” Mom, Dad, siblings: They all play trumpet.
So does Jon.
In the June/July 2016 issue of Kiwanis magazine, you'll meet Elliotson and pianist Maggie Morrison, two of the thousands of children and adults who have participated in the Toronto, Ontario, Kiwanis Music Festival over the past 72 years—more than 30,000 competitors this past March alone. Add to that number the students who pass through other Kiwanis-supported competitions from Vancouver, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and you’ll begin to understand the enormous influence Kiwanis has on Canada’s musical community. Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, Glenn Gould, Justin Bieber and every member of The Barenaked Ladies have performed on Kiwanis stages..
Also in this issue, you'll find:
- Selective Service: Make sure your good intentions count.
- A Caring Heart: A Malaysian job-training center emphasizes creativity and independence for adults with disabilities.
- Rocket Man: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has commanded the ISS and walked in space. He's also great with a guitar.
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