With thanks to the visionary support of Power Corporation of Canada, The Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela stole more than 20 000 Canadian hearts last year when they came to Toronto to celebrate their founding father, Dr. José Antonio Abreu, Eighth Glenn Gould Prize winner. The inspiring week of events demonstrated how music transforms lives. 

TORONTO – The Glenn Gould Foundation congratulates Power Corporation of Canada, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life; Investors Group and Mackenzie Investments for winning Best Entrepreneurial Partnership in this year’s The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards as announced today by Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail.  The Entrepreneurial Partnership Award recognizes a business that has sparked on a creative idea and made it happen with an entrepreneurial approach to partnering with the arts on a project or goal, which had not been tried before.

Power Corporation and its subsidiaries were the primary sponsors of the Eighth Glenn Gould Prize Celebration of Music (2009) week in Toronto. “They demonstrated a rare combination of vision, leadership, and risk-taking in making a major commitment to our Prize,” says Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation.

A series of 25 events last October honoured Eighth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate, Dr. José Antonio Abreu.  Dr. Abreu is the founder of El Sistema, Venezuela’s national free music education program of children and youth orchestras.  The Celebration of Music week featured the critically acclaimed Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra performing for and interacting with students, parents, educators, music aficionados, journalists and policy-makers from all over Ontario.  Comprised of the top El Sistema graduates, the ensemble had never played a Canadian stage before coming for The Glenn Gould Prize celebrations.

“Power Corporation and its subsidiaries are very proud to have been associated with the Eighth Glenn Gould Prize. We recognized this opportunity as a vehicle for generating awareness about El Sistema and Dr. Abreu in Canada, as well as one of the most ambitious and internationally significant Glenn Gould Prize ceremonies,” says John Rae, Executive Vice-President of Power Corporation of Canada.

The Glenn Gould Foundation’s mandate is to honour Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation's signature activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize.

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To learn more about The Glenn Gould Foundation, contact media@glenngould.ca or 416-962-6200 for Executive Director, Brian Levine.  www.glenngould.ca