Shoes and Music

October 27, 2017

Let’s have some fun again!Our friends at Fleuvog Shoes and Boots host the sixth annual Shoes and Music evening. Fluevog stays open late, and will donate 50% of all shoe sales to support Saint James Music Academy’s free after-school music program for children in the DTES. Shop for those Fluevog’s you’ve always wanted while enjoying free refreshment, performances by SJMA children, and sponsored by Music in the Morning, special guest Simone Osborne, renowned Canadian sopranist.

Performance Details:
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:30pm
John Fluevog Shoes in Gastown
65 Water St, Vancouver

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Playing Our Part

October 16, 2017

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On November 1st, the Saint James Music Academy and musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra will join forces for the first time to present ‘Playing Our Part’ a performance of works sure to inspire! After a few hours of coaching from the visiting musicians, the choirs and orchestras from the SJMA will come together with our guests under the direction of NACO Music Director Alexander Shelley, and play for you in the beautiful St. James Anglican Church. Works by Rossini, Vivaldi, Mozart and folk inspired music will be served up for all to enjoy!

Performance Details:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30)
Admission by Donation
St. James Anglican Church
303 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Presented as part of the NAC Orchestra’s Canada 150 Tour

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How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it

October 5, 2017

Some good reading!

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Thank you to Cory’s Law

July 11, 2017

Thank you Cory’s Law for continuing the beautiful legacy of Cory, spreading the joy of music to youth in the Downtown Eastside. We are pleased to share that the Cory Monteith Summer Music Camp Challenge raised $4236, making it possible to send 10 children to summer camp! Thank you to each and every person who supported Saint James Music Academy honouring Cory and his love of music.

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Instrument Introductions

May 7, 2017

SJMA offers lessons in all orchestra instruments.  Enrollment in different instruments classes changes from year to year based on the needs of our orchestra, and our current enrollment.

Our 2017-18 offerings are:

Junior Program (Grades 2-4): Violin, Cello, and Marimba (Waitlist Only)

Senior Program (Grades 5 and up): Flute, Oboe, Double Bass, Trumpet, and Trombone   (Waitlist Only)

Watch the videos below to learn more out the different sections of the orchestra and the various instrument.


And visit our enrollment page if you would like to apply.


Woodwinds (Bassoon, Oboe, Clarinet, Flute)


Brass: (Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet)

Strings: (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)


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March 6th, 2017 – Did Someone Say ORCHESTRA?!

March 27, 2017

The Orpheum Theatre, seated stage right – students, teachers, volunteers, staff, and parents; there were sixty of us there that night. The lights dim, the crowd hushes, and the student sitting next to me grows very self-conscious about the crinkling noises he makes as he tries to open the wrapper to his Kit Kat Bar. The concert masters walks on stage. The orchestra tunes. The conductor enters. The students fidget in their seats, brimming with anticipation. And then it all begins, and it begins in earnest. A fanfare of brass followed by the hectic racing of the strings. Ta-ta-ta-ta – ta-ta-ta-ta, the snare joins in, transporting us back to the damp battlegrounds of the 1917 Russian October Revolution. Everyone is sitting up straight, listening intently. Shostakovich’s Festive Overture is not a composition that leaves one unsatisfied.


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Precious Mettle – An Operatic Benefit for SJMA – Feb 24th

February 18, 2017

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Dec. 16th, 2016 – Some Good Ol’ Yuletide Dueling

December 8, 2016

If you managed to find yourself in Gastown this past Thursday evening, you may have found yourself in a very different Gastown. Sure, the cobblestoned streets were still of cobbled stones, the shop windows displaying their usual selection of souvenirs , and the bare trees adorned in typical festive holiday fashion – Christmas is right around the corner after all. But then there’s the stuff that you don’t see every day. The marching band drumming their way up and down Water Street. Steaming cups of tea and hot chocolate handed out to those who braved the chilly night and the threatening sky. Babies in toques, down, and gloves wiggling their bodies to some Christmas tunes. Oh, and what’s that I hear? Carolers? Many, many, many carolers? (more…)

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Nov. 22nd, 2016 – A Night at the Opera

November 28, 2016

Meet Kelly. Saint James Music Academy student. Young violinist. On Tuesday, he went to the opera, Engelbert Humperdinck’s adaptation of the Grimm’s Brothers’ Hansel and Gretel featuring the artwork of the Old Trout Workshop. When asked which portion of the experience was his favorite, Kelly’s response was unhesitatingly and unforgivingly clear: that “booty-shaking” forest creature. Half man, half bushy vegetation. Well, I will admit, I enjoyed that part too. (more…)

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Oct. 27th, 2016 – Shoes or music? Shoes and music!

November 10, 2016

Shoes or music? Strings, brass, and woodwinds brought together with symphonic expertise or a pair of sleek leather shoes, sharp and stylish for the feet that wear them; and fashionably divine for the person that owns them? Hey now, you can argue all day and night, through heartache and headache, about which is truly the root of all life’s pleasures. But we here at the Saint James Music Academy would like to pose a more pertinent question: why bother? Bring the two together! And that’s what we did. Shoes and music; music and shoes; John Fluevog and the Saint James Music Academy. Because nothing is sweeter than foot-ful of leather and an earful of song (not to mention a glassful of grown-up grape juice in hand). (more…)

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