September 30

Youth Day Music Gala  September 26, 2021   One King Street West

By Sally Warburton

One King Street in the Grand Banking Hall was where it was happening on Sunday, September 26. It was the Thank You Music Gala for Youth Day.  

An evening to hear the Youth Day singers and  to thank the sponsors. Celebrating the success of the young singers who had the chance to perform before another audience. September 26 also coincided with the special birthday of Youth Day founder Tylaine Duggan. And what a meaningful celebration it was for her!  

The setting was beautiful in the former banking building at the hotel venue at One King Street.  Food delicious and the service exquisite. Youth Day Ambassador was young Gabriel Nikolakakis who is afflicted with cerebral palsy. Surrounded by his loving family on stage, he then spoke confidently alone sharing his story, young wisdom and his singing / rapping video. Gabriel spoke with such eloquence and maturity for such a young boy. He made more than just his father emotional that night. 

One of the dynamic MCs was musician Gavin McLeod. He was joined by his sister Hannah who only last year started singing… for a few upbeat songs, their show was very popular with the audience. Awesome!

The live stages have hosted 40,000 visitors each Summer in Toronto, Canada, and in 2015, Youth Day expanded to Montego Bay, Jamaica. YD has adapted for COVID-19 by reaching people conveniently online; in their homes while isolating; allowing Artists to be seen around the World!

The history – Founded by Tylaine Duggain in 2006,  YOUTH DAY is a free annual Creative Arts Festival held at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, showcasing achievements of aspiring artists in Music, Dance, Art, Photography, Fashion and Film. 

“The overwhelming success of YOUTH DAY Global provides a free platform for young people and Mentors to perform and demonstrate their abilities. It also provides opportunities for positive community engagements. Year after year many returning participants describe the anticipated Summer Festival as – “YOUTH DAY is not just a day; it is life changing for the experience and connections it creates.”

The headliners were Toronto’s Delon Om and David Neale. Their performance was brilliant. Enjoyed by all. Delon Om is a former contestant on Canadian Idol, with his new album “Dreaming Deferred” scheduled for release in 2022.  They are both singers, songwriters and music producers. Read more about Delon Om and David Neale and hear their music on Spotify, Instagram and other platforms. 

More singers and inspirational talks followed.

Silent auction with all kinds of interesting items benefited YOUTH Day Global Events. All the items were sold! 

A beautiful, inspirational evening where we learned there’s lots of talent in the Toronto area. LOTS.

“The foundation of any state is its youth.”