OrKidstra is a social development program with a passionate belief in the transformative power of music. The program offers kids from under-served areas of Ottawa the opportunity to learn life skills such as teamwork, commitment, and responsibility through singing and playing music together. OrKidstra started in 2007 with 27 kids and now includes over 600 children, aged 5 to 18, from 42 cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Nearly all of the students participate free of charge.
Since Ottawa’s Ice Dragon Boat Festival has had to go virtual this year (like nearly everything else), its concerts were pre-recorded and can be experienced on YouTube, including this three-song mini-concert by OrKidstra, which is comprised of individual student performances stitched together with some skillful editing. You can watch the full set in the player below.
You can enjoy more concerts, virtual attractions, and even a fitness challenge on the Ice Dragon Boat Festival’s website.