[The Anglican (Diocese of Toronto, Anglican Church of Canada)] A project that took shape at Grace Church in Markham, Ont., during the pandemic is helping to build connections within the church community and beyond. Parkway Studio, a music studio housed in the church building, has become a space for young people to belong and a place for Markham musicians to rehearse locally.
The idea was born when Aaron Dumpala, music director at Grace, identified a need in Markham that he thought the parish could meet. “I realized it was a little strange that there was such a big music community in Markham and Stouffville, but we still have to gravitate to Toronto for rehearsal studios,” he says. “I thought, ‘We have a little space at the church, so why not create a hub where musicians can meet?'”
He also hoped to find a way for young people to use their creative talents in the church. “I saw a bit of a disconnect with the younger population,” he says. “As much as I love my community, I saw this huge intergenerational gap.”
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