Performance & Learning Series: Sugar and Gold, The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada at the Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory of Music and Learning Through The Arts inviting you, your students, your colleagues, and their students to our third concert in the Performance & Learning Series: Sugar and Gold, The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada, a very special Grades 3-8 Music and Learning event on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 10:30am.

This fantastic, interactive performance arrives just in time to prepare students for Black History Month and all attending groups will receive a teaching guide.


When:       Tuesday January 18th, 2011, at 10:30am. 

Where:      The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto (next door to the ROM)

Tickets:     $10 each

A teacher’s guide will be included.

Bonus:      Schools purchasing 50 seats or more will receive a FREE copy of Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky, by Faith Ringgold.

Sugar and Gold, The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada is presented by The Maple Blues Band, featuring special guests Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley who are internationally known multiple Maples Blues Awards winners (Canada’s national Blues Award) and have performed their educational concert for over 40,000 students across Canada.

Presented in a world-class performing space, this exciting and thoroughly interactive concert combines elements of the Language Arts and Social Studies Curriculum. Students will enjoy the songs, spoken word, images and interactive question and answer elements that create a fun and engaging way for them to learn about the Underground Railroad and the experiences of early black settlers in Southern Ontario.  Ms. Braithwaite will share her own personal story of her own ancestors’ journey from slavery in the Southern United States to being free settlers in Southern Ontario. This lively performance will showcase how music and song can be, and have been, used as a code, as a means of communication, as a form of protest, and as a route to freedom. 

Tickets are now on sale at rcmusic.ca or 416-408-0208.  For groups of 10 or more please contact Group Sales/Sandra Dimitri at 416-408-2824 ext. 593 or sandra.dimitri@rcmusic.ca. If you have any other questions regarding this event or another Learning Through The Arts program please contact us at 1-888-408-LTTA (5882).

Consider making a day of it and for $8 more combine this concert with a trip next door to the Royal Ontario Museum (unguided).  For more information, please go to www.rom.on.ca/schools.