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Raising Money for Holland Bloorview

We have always tried to give back to the community whenever possible. As such, Toronto Music Alliance is pleased to participate in Holland Bloorview’s Capes for Kids campaign! This fun fundraiser involves someone (in this case, David Stone) dressing in a cape for an entire week to raise money for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. It’s all about being a hero for kids with physical challenges, be they born with them or rehabilitation. This amazing facility has touched many lives – including our family – so please consider donating towards this amazing cause. (Donations over $10 are eligible for a tax receipt.) Also, as an added bonus: Anyone who donates $50 or more will be entered into a draw for a free one-hour private lesson with David for anything he can teach!

You can donate online by clicking this link. Thank you for your support!

Important 2016 Tax Information for Parents

It's that time of year again: Tax time. But did you know that, if you have a child taking lessons at Toronto Music Alliance - or indeed, any music education program - you can qualify for a tax credit for the first half of 2016? Click through to learn all about this wonderful federal tax credit.

According to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency website, Line 370 on your tax form states:

You can claim to a maximum of $250 the fees paid in 2016 paid prior to June 30, 2016 relating to the cost of registration or membership of your or your spouse's or common-law partner's child in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity.

Toronto Music Alliance qualifies for this tax credit under because our programs meet the requirements of the CRA, as a qualifying program must:

  • ·       be ongoing (a minimum of eight consecutive weeks long)
  • ·       be supervised
  • ·       be suitable for children

If you would like a copy of your payment records for 2016, please contact us and we will email you a copy for your accounting records. However, any fees paid after July 1, 2016 are not eligible for tax credit.

And finally, so we're clear: We're music teachers, not accountants. Please consult a trained, professional accountant if you need further clarification for your specific tax situation.

Winter Recital: February 12

Our Winter Recital is fast approaching! Read on for all the details.

 

RECITAL INFORMATION

Winter Recital: Sunday, February 12th at 11:00 a.m.

The recital will take place at Remenyi House of Music, located at 210 Bloor Sreet West, near Bloor and Avenue Road. 

There is no ticket cost!

Remenyi House of Music is close to the St. George subway station, with lots of street parking and a large Green P lot within a block or two of the building. The facility is a beautiful space, perfect for a morning concert.

We hope to see lots of friends, family and performers showing off what they have learned! The best performances are given to packed houses, so let's come together and make it a morning to remember.

Click this link to View Map.

Closed for the Holidays

Toronto Music Alliance is currently closed for the Holidays. Lessons will resume on January 7. If you are interested in our Holiday Bundle, please feel free to send us an email. Have a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

Daytime Lesson Options

If you are struggling to find an after-school time for music lessons, did you know that students are able to have lessons during the middle of the day? It's true! Not only is it a convenient option for adult learners who have flexible work hours, but even school-age children are eligible. At (21[2e] of Part II [School Attendance] of the Province of Ontario's Education Act 1990), it states:

“A person is excused from school attendance [without penalty, if] the person is absent from school for the purpose of receiving instruction in music and the period of absence does not exceed one-half day in any week;”

It's a great way to help deal with the often-chaotic after-school schedule-crunch! Let us know how we can help find a perfect time for your music education with us.