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Dream Serenade 2021 Fundraising

It’s Dream Serenade season and while there isn’t a show this year, there are still many wonderful ways you can support the Dream Serenade community.

  • Donate! Online donations to support our year-round efforts can be made through CanadaHelps. You will receive a tax receipt and a donation card should you wish to donate on behalf of someone.

  • Bid! Starting today, check out our mini-auction and bid on the incredible items up for grabs to get some holiday shopping done while supporting a great cause!

  • Watch! Last year’s virtual show is available again for a limited time viewing now with a pay-what-you-can donation.

  • Help us spread the word! Follow us at @dreamserenade on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and share our donation page with your friends and family.

To watch last year’s show and find more information, please check out https://linktr.ee/DreamSerenade


Pressing pause on Dream Serenade

Pressing Pause on this years' Dream Serenade


Now accepting applications for the Family Relief Summer 2021 Bursary

Last year, we took our usual Dream Serenade concert online and created a series of fundraising events that included an online merch shop, virtual auction and livestream concert. The continued spirit and generosity of our community through these fundraising activities have allowed us to continue our annual Bursary program — thank you!

The Family Relief Summer 2021 Bursary is an initiative from Dream Serenade intended to provide financial support for Toronto students with exceptionalities and their families during the coming Summer months. Applications are now open.

Who can apply?

Any Toronto District School Board student with a developmental disability who is enrolled in an Intensive Support Program and/or a congregated school is eligible. Bursaries will be awarded on a first come-first served basis as available funding remains, with priority to first-time Bursary recipients.

How do you apply?

Easy-to-complete applications are available now through the ‘Bursary’ tab on the Dream Serenade website, through your school Principals or social workers.

How much is available?

A $300 bursary is available per eligible child per household and may be used towards expenses related to food, caregiving, supplies and equipment needed during this time.

When do I apply?

Applications are being accepted now and as available funding remains, and may be submitted online or through your school principal/assigned social worker. Please direct any further questions to dreamserenadetoronto@gmail.com.

Wishing you all a safe and smiling summer,
Dream Serenade Team


7th Annual Dream Serenade Artist Announcements

7th Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert poster

The 7th Annual Dream Serenade (virtual edition) will feature performances by Feist, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Mangan, Kevin Drew & Brendan Canning, William Prince, Kevin Hearn & Hugh Marsh, Lou Canon, Hayden Desser and special guests.

The overwhelming support from our community has allowed us to open up a second batch of tickets for the show this Saturday, November 28. Ticket links will be a live broadcast of the sold out interactive show and are on sale now! Details at https://linktr.ee/DreamSerenade


Announcing this year's virtual show, silent auction and the COVID Family Relief Bursary

7th Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert poster

Our usual night of community celebration and fundraising at Dream Serenade is going to look a bit different this year. While we can’t be together at Roy Thomson Hall for the 7th annual show, we hope to bring the same extraordinary spirit of the evening to a live virtual performance event on November 28th that you and your family can watch from home! This virtual show will run for about 1.5 hours including performances from Hayden Desser and special guests. Tickets are on sale now at https://linktr.ee/DreamSerenade.

There are some other fundraising efforts that we will be running throughout the month as well.

In place of the usual Silent Auction that we hold at Dream Serenade, we are putting together a virtual “Market” that will run through social media (@dreamserenade and our friends @galentines). Throughout November, we will post a range of items big and small that have been donated by individuals and businesses. There will also be some extra special “priceless” items up for auction at the end of the month. Dream Serenade’s online Merch Shop will be live throughout November as well, with exclusive items from previous year’s shows available as well as new merchandise for pre-order.

More information on the Market, the Merch Shop and Dream Serenade online donations can all be found at https://linktr.ee/DreamSerenade.

This year, Dream Serenade created the COVID Family Relief Bursary to better meet the current needs of our community during these challenging times. We were able to provide 144 families around the GTA with this relief support but overwhelmingly received more than 450 applications in one week - more than double what we typically receive over an entire summer period. With your help, we are aiming to continue the COVID Family Relief Bursary through this virtual live event and fundraising efforts.

We hope to see you and your family on November 28th!

Love,
Dream Serenade Team


Applications closed for the 2020 Summer Family Relief Bursary

The response we received to the Dream Serenade COVID Summer Family Relief Bursary was overwhelming, with more applications coming in one day than we typically see all Summer Season. The application is now closed.

We are continually striving to find new ways to get much needed support out to the community during this challenging time. If you have already indicated that you are willing to be contacted by us, we will keep your information on file to notify you of new initiatives moving forward. If you would like to provide us with your email now for future notices, please complete the adjusted form under the ‘Bursary’ tab on our website.

We look forward to future opportunities to support you and your family.