Published Nov 06, 2013While the Darcys have been busy this year promoting their Warring LP, the Toronto art rock outfit are about to put the spotlight on public school music programs via their new "Play in School" campaign.
A press release notes that the band will be making their way to a number of Ontario schools this month for a series of free performances and workshops that will bring light to underfunded music programs or those facing budget cuts.
The band reportedly cooked up the idea after receiving messages over Twitter and Facebook that pointed to how underage fans are often unable to get into club shows the band plays and that some fans don't have the means to learn about music on their own. "Play in School" was conceived to help the young'uns out on both fronts.
"We came up with 'Play In School' as a way to connect with our young fans and to show young people why it's both fun and rewarding to pursue music," drummer Wes Marskell said in a statement. "Furthermore, we want to inspire our fans to hold their school boards accountable to maintaining and developing music programs.
"Fortunately for us, music education was a large part of our development and taught us to embrace music as an important creative outlet — not only to pursue a career in music but as an alternative that helped guide many of us through school."
In addition to the free performances, band members will stick around for a meet-and-greet and a "hands-on tutorial." The events have the Darcys teaming up with Kiehl's Gives organization, which supports music programs across Canada and has worked with other artists like Metric and Ryan Hemsworth.
While thus far only six "Play in School" shows have been announced, the Darcys are ready to take the program across the country. Additional appearances will be announced in the future, but you can peep the initial itinerary down below. You can see the band's other tour dates here.
In other news, the Darcys are collaborating with Propeller Coffee on a signature blend that will go up for sale before Christmas. A portion of the proceeds will go to People for Education.
11/18 Toronto, ON - Rosedale Heights School For The Arts
11/20 Richmond Hill, ON - Alexander Mackenzie High School
11/22 Etobicoke, ON - Richview Collegiate Institute
11/26 Sutton West, ON - Sutton District High School
11/27 Kitchener, ON - Kitchener Collegiate Institute
12/02 Newmarket, ON - Huron Heights