Canada Music Academy Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Free Online Workshops

Michael Raine
January 18, 2023

Canada Music Academy, a Brockille, ON-based music school has reached a milestone anniversary and its founder and director, Samia O'Day, says it's time to give back.

"We'll be offering free online music workshops throughout 2023 as our way of thanking the community," says O'Day. "It's been our privilege to have educated and encouraged over 20,000 students over the years."

With locations in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Waterloo, and Kingston, as well as a strong online presence, the Canada Music Academy works with accomplished teachers across the country to nurture young musicians. O'Day is proud of the variety of musical instruments taught, and the scope of the school's international reach.

"Our teachers and students speak some 40 different languages, and teach students across Canada and online around the world, but music is the one language they all share," O'Day says. "In these times of division, coming together through music uplifts students and audiences as one."

A recent Culture Days youth concert at Wall Street United Church in Brockville, the audience enjoyed jazz and classical piano, classical guitar, and Broadway songs. Having local access to high quality musical education and performance is O'Day's passion.

"Music can bring about positive change, contributing to our social wellbeing and to our intellectual development. Studies prove that we can maintain a higher IQ and better memory throughout our lives when we have played a musical instrument during our lifetime,"

The Academy's store in Brockville, All You Need Music, is also marking a significant anniversary, with special events in store and online from Nov. 15th to Dec. 15, 2022, and an anniversary giveaway draw of four Yamaha musical instruments.

"We just hit our 25th anniversary. We survived the pandemic" O'Day says. "That proves that people value making music.”

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Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.