Dream Serenade will return to Massey Hall this year on October 17, 2015 for its second year supporting services for children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Last year’s inaugural event featured performances from Feist, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Talent, Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, Grey Lands (Wayne Petti), Lou Canon, and Hayden himself.
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s Dream Serenade concert has the exciting additions of special guest Serena Ryder, and performances by Bahamas, Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle and Choir! Choir! Choir!. They join the previously announced line up of Hayden, Joel Plaskett, The Weather Station and TUNS (Chris Murphy, Mike O’Neill and Matt Murphy).
Last year’s Dream Serenade was such a remarkable event. It brought together the parents, families & caregivers of children with physical and / or developmental disabilities, their teachers and school staff and the broader community in celebration and awareness. With voices and sounds, we shook the walls of the legendary Massey Hall. No one left the building unmoved by the talent on stage, the images on screen, the generosity, and the spirit of the occasion.
Last year we raised over $100,000 with proceeds currently working towards the completion of a new green playground at Beverley St School with plans approved and groundbreaking this Spring! A respite fund for caregivers has also been established with applications available this September.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2nd annual Dream Serenade. This year’s money raised will continue to benefit Toronto’s Beverley Street School and the Family Relief Fund for caregivers, as well as an additional special needs school within the Toronto District School Board to be determined through an online video application process.
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday, October 17th. Please stay posted as we announce more incredible artists who will be performing.
— Hayden & Christie
Tickets are on sale now starting at $35 through the Massey Hall website at www.masseyhall.com or at the Massey Box Office by phone at 416-872-4255.
Dream Serenade is an annual benefit concert organized by Toronto musician Hayden Desser and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl. Proceeds are directed to much needed schools, pre-schools, hospitals and respite services that support children with developmental and/or physical disabilities and their families.
The first annual concert took place at the legendary Massey Hall in Toronto on October 25, 2014. Those in attendance were treated to unforgettable performances by Feist, Matt and Aaron from The National, Billy Talent, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah Harmer, Hayden, Jason Collett, Greylands and Lou Canon.
… the outpouring of love and creativity showed that they have clearly tapped into a very special idea for a very extraordinary cause. Dream Serenade found a number of artists ascending to a whole new level by getting outside their respective comfort zones.
— 10/10, Exclaim!
Money raised through ticket sales and donations from last year’s concert went to Toronto’s Beverley School, as well as a family relief fund for caregivers that was created behind the event. This exceptional school uses a team-based approach to support the educational needs of students with developmental and / or physical disabilities. Proceeds from Dream Serenade will help ensure that Beverley can continue to provide cutting edge educational initiatives and make sure their students are able to access technology that supports their independence.
These funds raised will also enable Beverley to build a green space on school grounds allowing urban students to experience the colours, smells and textures of being outdoors.
An amazing $100,00.00 was raised at Dream Serenade 2014 and construction on the green space starts this Spring!
Billy Talent and Barenaked Ladies have been added to the impressive lineup of artists performing intimate sets at Dream Serenade in support of the Beverly Street School at Massey Hall on October 25th.
Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National
Grey Lands (Wayne Petti of Cuff the Duke)
A NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED!
On October 25, the legendary Massey Hall will host the 1st Annual Dream Serenade, a concert presented and curated by Toronto songwriter, Hayden Desser and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl, in support of services for children with developmental disabilities. The inaugural event will feature intimate performances from Feist, Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National, Sarah Harmer, Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies, Jason Collett, Grey Lands (Wayne Petti), Lou Canon, and Hayden himself.
Money raised through ticket sales and donations to this year’s event will benefit Toronto’s Beverley Street School, as well as a family relief fund for caregivers. This exceptional school uses a team-based approach to support the educational needs of students who have a developmental and/or physical disability. Proceeds will be used to support furthering specialized technologies and equipment that are needed at the school on a daily basis. Funds will also be directed towards the building of a customized green playground for the children and their families.
Dream Serenade has been in the works for over five years, since the birth of Hayden and Christie’s first child, who was born with a rare chromosome deletion causing developmental disabilities. “She’s the most beautiful and inspiring person and yet our experience as parents has been among the most complex and challenging journeys we’ve ever known,” admits Hayden. “We recognize that our experience as parents of a child with a developmental disability is not unlike the other families at Beverley. In those overwhelming and clouded first years, the comfort and support that can be provided to families from specialized services becomes paramount. Dream Serenade will aid both the children and their caregivers.”
Ticket will be on sale Wednesday, September 17 at 10am.
For tickets please call 416 872 4255, buy online masseyhall.com,
Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office (60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON).