Carey Price, Jonas, and Corey Diabo surprise Kahnawake students with over 80 music instruments donated by the evenko foundation
(Montreal, Tuesday, April 5th, 2016) – The evenko foundation for emerging talent is proud to have made its second major donation of musical instruments as part of its ‘In harmony with our schools’ initiative to the Kahnawake Education Center. Announced in the presence of singer Jonas, his guitar player Corey Diabo and popular Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, this generous donation will notably help to improve the music programs at Kahnawake Survival School high school, as well as at two elementary schools, Kaveri School and Karonhianonhnha School.
The unveiling ceremony happened this past March 23rd, in front of 200 surprised students gathered for the occasion. The donation includes several guitars, a double bass and over 60 percussion instruments. The foundation secretly brought in rocker Jonas and his guitar player Corey Diabo, originally from Kahnawake and well known on the reserve, to reveal the massive gift, as the pair performed three songs and signed the instruments for the schools and kids.
A second major surprise awaited the students: an appearance by Montreal Canadiens star Carey Price! Raised in the small indigenous community on Anahim Lake, British Columbia, the hockey player had a lot to say about the importance of believing in your dreams, persevering and, most of all, being proud of your heritage. Price’s mother, a former band council chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation, was the first woman to be elected to the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.
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The ambassador and member of the evenko foundation’s board of directors, television and radio host Anne-Marie Withenshaw, was on site to host the event and make the donation in the foundation’s name: “Music is an integral part of all indigenous celebrations and a key element of indigenous culture and education on a daily basis. I’m filled with pride to think that the children and teenagers of the Kahnawake Education Center will be able to enjoy these many instruments and to fondly remember ‘their’ moment with Jonas, Corey and Carey.”
Roman Oryschuk, chairman of the evenko foundation, said this: “This was a very special day for us. The reaction from the students and the teachers when they saw the foundation’s donation was very moving. We’re also very grateful that Jonas, Corey Diabo and Carey Price came to inspire young people to discover their passion, be it the arts or sports, and to pursue it.”
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Photo credit: Lucas Rupnik
About the evenko foundation for emerging talent
Launched in May 2015, the evenko foundation for emerging talent aims to support youth between the ages of 5 to 25 to engage in the performing arts in order to stimulate their creativity, improve their self-esteem and their desire to learn and grow. The evenko foundation also aims to encourage emerging talent through programs, donations and fundraising activities directly addressed to youth on evenko concert territories.