Harvest places a great deal of importance on encouraging a love of music and developing musical literacy for our audiences and introducing jazz and blues music and history to our community, especially the young community. This work has contributed to making the Festival the success it is today.
The TD Building Music Literacy program encompasses music education at all age levels. Our Blues in the Schools program is for school-aged children from K-12. The Congo Square free family event is for tots to teens. The Music in the Schools program touches school music programs at all levels.
TD Congo Square
Celebrating 20 years, Harvest’s free fun family event that is all about the music!
At 11am on Saturday of the Festival, Officers’ Square is transformed into Congo Square – all for the kids! There’s a children’s concert that runs from 11am-2pm, which kids can watch, learn, and dance to. Or, listen in the background while doing one of the many interactive activities Congo Square has to offer.
The Long & McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo has been a favourite for years, with a hands-on opportunity for kids to play with a variety of musical instruments. For the aspiring musicians, we offer drumming workshops for the kids. For the budding artists, there is a t-shirt painting station.
Join us Saturday of the Festival in Officers’ Square for this free annual event that is enriching, educational, and most importantly – fun!
The Long & McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo is proudly presented by:
TD Music In The Schools Grant Program
Harvest’s Music in the Schools Program provides financial contributions to local area school music and band programs with a goal of fostering and developing young musicians, and further building the musical capacity of our community.
To date, Harvest has donated more than $130,000 to local area schools.
These grants are used to buy or repair instruments and purchase sheet music, and help children who are unable to participate in school music programs due to financial limitations.
It is important to note that funding for this program does NOT come from monies received from our sponsor and granting partners. This program is funded through separate fundraising efforts.
- All tips collected at the bars in all Harvest venues go toward to the Music in the Schools fund.
- There is a donation jar located at Harvest Central so people can donate when they stop in for their tickets or merchandise.
- Harvest operates a variety of raffles throughout the summer, with excellent prizes generously donated by members our local community.
TD Blues In The Schools Clinics
Blues in the Schools is an educational program that was created to promote, preserve, and perpetuate the art, culture, and heritage of blues music and to examine the music’s influence on other genres.
Every year during Festival week, we send Harvest performers into the local schools to play for more than 30,000 kids from elementary to high school. Besides performing the blues, our clinicians teach the students about the culture and history of the blues.
Blues in the Schools has also included Harvest artists in week-long residencies at selected schools, working with the school bands, which culminates in a performance on the Harvest stage during the Congo Square kids event.