NAI MEDIA RELEASE
CULTURELINK NAI CHILDREN’S CHOIR SINGS AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2019
A celebration of home
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – June 14, 2019 – The Nai Children’s Choir is performing a special concert at the Toronto Reference Library to celebrate our diverse Canadian Community. This free concert is open to the public.
The Culturelink Nai Children’s Choir provides a unique opportunity for recently arrived refugee children to receive high-quality free music education. Nai is a growing program to support young people who are newcomers to Canada and promotes healing, learning and rejoicing through the universal language of music.
“This is an opportunity for these young performers to share their love of music with the Toronto community, and showcase their unique talents at the impressive Toronto Reference Library” Says Bryna Berezowska, Nai Children’s Choir Manager.
“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been working with the children to introduce them to Toronto Public Library’s programs and services. We are honoured to host this concert in our welcoming space.” Elsa Ngan, Senior Service Specialist, Multicultural Services of Toronto Public Library.
The event will be held in the atrium of the Toronto Reference Library on Friday June 14 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Choir will be performing a variety of repertoire in Arabic, English and French. The audience will also hear the newly expanded Nai instrumental group playing the Daff, Dombac and Tambourine.
The Nai Children’s Choir was established by CultureLink, a Canadian charity dedicated to facilitating the active participation and integration of newcomers and the broader community, by recognizing the interdependence of these groups in our society.
“The resilience of these young singers is inspiring. These children are thriving thanks to the community the choir creates. It is always a joy to hear the Nai choir sing.”, said Mr. Ibrahim Absiye, CultureLink’s Executive Director.
Bryna Berezowska, CultureLink Nai Children’s Choir Manager
CultureLink was established as the HOST program to serve refugees in 1988. Today, CultureLink is a leading settlement and community service provider in Toronto and caters its diverse and innovative programs and services to more than 16,000 newcomers annually. CultureLink enjoys a reputation of being a welcoming environment for newcomers and a true reflection of our communities, which is evidenced by the talented and multilingual staff who serve clients in more than 30 languages.
Founded in April 2016 by CultureLink’s staff and volunteers, Nai Children’s Choir provides a unique space for the recently arrived refugee children to learn to express their grief, yearning, love and hope through singing. While children age 6-17 receive free weekly music education with professional music teachers, their parents practice English conversation with experienced ESL educators. Special thanks to our dedicated partners, York University, COSTI, and Victoria Village Library. Nai is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium foundation, Toronto Pearson International Airport, TD MusiCounts, YMCA and many private donors. Many thanks to the Toronto Reference Library for partnering with Nai on this performance.
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For more information on Toronto Public Library for services for newcomers, visit tpl.ca/new-to-canada.