bringing the excitement of live classical music to York Region since 2001

YCE News

And the music plays on with help from a $12,200 OTF grant!

Michael Berec, Music Director, York Chamber Ensemble
with local MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy

On Saturday, December 3, 2022 at the York Chamber Ensemble’s holiday concert ‘Winter Winds’, local MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy made a special announcement about the $12,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant that the orchestra received earlier this year from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

The Resilient Communities Fund grant program was developed to help non- profit organizations recover and rebuild from the impacts resulting from the pandemic.

“The performing arts was particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dawn Gallagher Murphy, MPP for Newmarket—Aurora.

“I am proud of our government’s initiative to help not-for-profits like the York Chamber Ensemble realize their own digital transformation to entertain audiences and showcase our local talent here in our community and beyond.”

I was shocked by the support we received from family and friends
around the world,”
said Michael Berec, Music Director, York Chamber Ensemble.

“These supporters, who had no means of physically attending concerts, were now able to join us for unforgettable performances. With help from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, we now have our own equipment, and are inspired to continue our work to stay connected with the changing needs of our community.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grantmaking in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund.
Visit to learn more.