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Music and Identity

Whether you write it as the 6ix, the 6, or the Six, you probably know what we mean. The popularity of this nickname for Toronto has skyrocketed since it was coined by rapper Drake in the lead-up to his 2014 album, Views from the 6. The worldwide use of this nickname demonstrates the power that … Read More

Augusta Ray is a VHS student from Toronto who is an up-and-coming musician. Augusta has a unique country/rock sound. She attributes this to her upbringing, listening to Shania Twain, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. The past year has been a busy year for Augusta. She has split her time between two homes: one in Nashville, … Read More

Meet William Wallace, a new teacher at VHS who is currently teaching ENG4U, ENG1D, and EMS3O. Though Mr. Wallace is a recent addition to our teaching team, he has been teaching high school students for just shy of 15 years. He has taught with both the Toronto and Peel District School Boards. He primarily teaches English; however, … Read More

Above photo by Chad Kirvan. Meet Gregory Lewis, a Virtual High School alumnus who completed several courses with us during his secondary school years when he consistently performed at the top of his class. He was the recipient of the Julie O’Rourke Scholarship in 2013 when he was beginning his undergraduate degree in Violin Performance. Gregory has since completed his undergraduate … Read More

Leonid “Leo” Nediak is a 14-year-old, world-renowned Canadian pianist. He has performed with Canadian and American orchestras in many cities including Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Edmonton, New York City, Princeton, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Moscow, and more. Leonid was featured in the BRAMS symposium “Musicians: Born or Made?”, and more … Read More

Linda Jones teaches both of our music courses: AMU3M and AMU4M. You may wonder how a music class can be taught online. . .but rest (no pun intended) assured, doing so is entirely possible and effectively accomplished. Ms. Jones says that the technology available today is what makes learning and teaching music online so effective: Teaching … Read More