FREE! DOC Toronto Community Connections Screening: Teaching the Life of Music

Event Date: 
Jan 28, 2013 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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*FREE!* DOC Toronto Community Connections Screening


Directed by David New and Produced and Written by Noemi Weis


Monday, January 28th, 2013, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Yorkwoods Public School - 25 Yorkwoods Gate, North York


5:30-6:30 Light Dinner
6:30-7:30 Film Screening, Teaching the Life of Music
7:30-8:30 Public Discussion Panel

All are welcome, no RSVP required. Please visit our Facebook event page here.

Film Synopsis

TLOM PosterInspired by a man with a vision, Teaching the Life of Music, tells us the story of Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema and the impact that a developing country like Venezuela is having on a developed country like ours. We witness El Sistema’s ability to transform poverty and violence into healthy living through the passion and discipline inherent in music education.

“What caught my interest about Teaching The Life Of Music and El Sistema was the transformational effect music made on the children,” says Narrator and Actor Cory Monteith, “and how that transcends boundaries, languages, cultures, and borders, with a huge effect. This musical education can be reproduced anywhere in the world, and can change a child’s life forever.”

The vision and the work of Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu’s El Sistema have inspired the creation of similar organizations in North America, Canada, and now in Toronto! Teaching the Life of Music has an accompanying curriculum guide for teachers.


Teaching the Life of Music trailer from Noemi Weis on Vimeo.


Guest Panelists Include:

BerniceBernice Carnegie, Founder/Executive Director, Future Aces Foundation
Bernice Carnegie was one of the founding directors of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation and for the past 12 years has served as its Executive Director.  Bernice is the daughter of Herb Carnegie, the creator of the Future Aces Philosophy.  She has worked by his side for more than 30 years to help share his vision based on this proactive lifestyle message.  In a former life, Bernice excelled as a sales manager winning 100 sales awards and numerous trips throughout the world.  Her gift of the gab propelled her before many audiences as a trainer and motivational speaker in sales, as a financial planner, in educational circles and the community. Having played the saxophone, cello and piano, she enjoys classical music.  Her favorite pastime includes sharing quality moments with her three children and granddaughter.


WilmaWilma Cayonne-Cromwell, Vocal Music/ESL Specialist, TDSB
Wilma Cayonne-Cromwell has worked in education for over 30 years. Before working as a Vocal Music/ESL Specialist for the Ministry of Education, Wilma taught vocal and instrumental music and ESL for the TDSB for 33 years. She has been involved in the recording of three children’s albums with Primary/Junior Choirs at Firgrove P.S. and helped to create Firgrove P. S. first Steelband in 1978. Wilma has played piano & organ since age 10 & conducted/directed church choirs since age 13 and was a member of the North York Cabaret Singers for 11 years & guest conductor for 1 yr. Wilma has been a member of the La Petite Musicale of Toronto, where she also served as a treasurer, and the East York Choir. She has been a judge for Pan Alive, the Calypso Competition and the Gospel Calypso Finals, and a keyboardist for Los Picantes Parang Band, Crab & Callalloo Kaiso Band, and the Los Ketchos Assos Parang Band. Wilma holds a BA in Creative Arts Studies, Music.


Stephnie Payne, TDSB Trustee, Ward 4, York  WestStephanie Payne
Stephnie has two undergraduate degrees from York University and a Masters degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) from the University of Toronto.  In 1976, she started Community Development work in the Jane-Finch Community and continues to this day where she is presently the Executive Director and one of the founding members of San Romanoway Revitalization Association. In 1991, was elected Trustee of the North York Board of Education until 1998. After amalgamation, she has continued to serve as the first African Canadian elected on the

Toronto District School Board to present. Stephnie was the Recipient of  Canada 125 year award for Outstanding Community Service in 1993.  In 2001 she won the City of Toronto – North Region Award for Positive Race Relations. She was the Recipient of Queens Golden Jubilee/Award in 2002 and  the African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence in 2006.  


DavidDavid Visentin, Executive and Artistic Director, Sistema-Toronto
David Visentin is widely known as a performer (violin and viola), pedagogue and administrator whose leadership and creative experience in the performing arts has successfully advanced classical and contemporary music from coast to coast in Canada.  A former dean and associate dean at The Glenn Gould School and Young Artists Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music, he led the school through its historic transition to becoming one of the world's leading professional training programs.  He actively performs in Toronto and is the Executive Director/Artistic Director of the newly established music education program, Sistema Toronto.

Noemi Weis, Producer/Writer, Teaching the Life of MusicNoemi
Noemi Weis is an award winning Producer that has spent over 20-years telling stories on the big and small screens, from her worldwide advertising projects to her award winning documentaries. Noemi is a proud member of the Unesco, Team Canada’s Trade Missions and a Business Ambassador of Ontario, promoting the merits of Canadian production abroad. In this capacity, she participates in trade missions and has been honoured with the nomination of “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” for three years in a row, the last one by Export Development Canada. In 2004. She was nominated as a finalist for “Woman Entrepreneur of the World,” as the sole Canadian nominee.


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The DOC Toronto Community Connections Project is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


 Community Partners:

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Sistema Toronto


Yorkwoods Public School


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Event Contact
Julia Bennett