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We believe that all children deserve to have the same opportunities to learn and build confidence. That’s why we provide music education to over 1000 students from underserved communities who might otherwise never know the power that music education has to transform their lives.

Our students


Shawn is a grade 9 student at Northview Heights Secondary School and has been a part of The Hammer Band Program for four years. When Shawn first joined the program, he had no musical experience and was a beginner to the world of music. However, under the guidance and supervision of wonderful, experienced and patient instructors, he learned to play beautiful musical pieces on the violin! Since then, Shawn has grown and switched to the cello, an instrument as tall as he is, and keeps advancing consistently.

Thanks to The Hammer Band and its gift of music, Shawn has become a well-rounded and confident student who is proud to play his instrument and perform at home, school and venues all over Toronto. Cheers to The Hammer Band!


Shekinah was born in the Philippines and moved with her family to Canada in 2009. At first, when starting lessons at age five, she did not like the violin.

Now, she cannot imagine life without music. Since joining The Hammer Band a few years ago, she now plays both violin and viola. We are proud of you Shekinah!

Half as many children in poorer communities with lower parental education participate in music programs compared to wealthier communities1.

Music education at a young age can lead to an extra 7 points in IQ2.
1. People for Education, Arts Education, 2018
2. Anita Collins, TedxCanberra, What if every child had access to music education from birth?

You have the opportunity to provide The Hammer Band kids with the experience of a lifetime through the gift of music.

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With your help since 2007

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On January 15, 2017, students surprised shoppers at Yorkdale Mall with a performance of Ode to Joy.


We wanted to share with you this special welcome we received from the then Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, before he became our Prime Minister!


A Successful Summer!
The Hammer Band Summer Jam 2020 was a huge success. Over the 8-week Summer program, we had nearly 200 students participating in online classes and lessons. We also hosted a weekly zoom party where we had 50 students in one virtual session taught by a different Hammer Band teacher each week. In these parties we Read More…
From a Grateful Teacher:
Being one of the fortunate schools and teachers whose students receive violin lessons through The Hammer Band program, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! The Hammer Band, its teachers and its program make a difference to each and every child who is given an opportunity to explore the world from a musical Read More…
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