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The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra has been fortunate to be able to fundraise through Delta Bingo & Gaming Downsview for many years. These funds ensure that our non-profit organization can continue to bring top quality classical music performances and cultural opportunities to our community.

Delta Bingo & Gaming has always worked hard to provide the best gaming entertainment opportunities throughout Ontario, evolving their locations to offer the latest games in their fantastic locations. Literally millions of dollars have been raised and hundreds of charities and non-profits have benefitted.

Delta Bingo & Gaming Downsview supports new c-Gaming games as part of the Bingo Revitalization initiatives developed by the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association and Ontario Lottery & Gaming. The new look of the gaming centre is exciting and welcoming.

Delta Bingo & Gaming Downsview also employs a fantastic team of people who are always working hard to serve and support the Players and charities.

Since the pandemic, Delta Bingo & Gaming has worked extremely diligently to provide a safe environment for Players to enjoy themselves.

While certain pandemic-related restrictions have been implemented at different times, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is extremely grateful to Delta Bingo & Gaming’s owners and operators for their due diligence and for their creative solutions in helping non-profits continue to have access to this vital source of funding. Whether allowing customers to play indoors, or through special events like “Drive-In Bingo”, the Delta Bingo & Gaming team continues to do their best to keep moving forward.

We also appreciate the support of the Delta Bingo & Gaming Centre Downsview’s Sponsors Association for their efforts to ensure that the more than 50 licensed groups and their volunteers are also kept safe.

While some orchestras in Ontario have simply ceased operations in hiatus, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra has adapted our 2020/2021 Season by offering online digital content to our community, and to the world. This would not be possible without funds raised through Delta Bingo & Gaming.

These activities include an all-new SPOGreatMusic Podcast Series, hosted by Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh, and delving deeper into the history of music, our orchestra, and our 41 year history in Scarborough, Ontario. You can catch new episodes every other Friday from September 18, 2020, through at least the end of April 2021, on major platforms including Apple, Spotify, Google, and more. You can find the different platform links through our podcast home at Anchor.fm. Our October 30, 2020 episode includes verbal thanks to Delta Bingo in the closing credits.

We are also offering our SPOGreatMusic Performance Series through our YouTube channel.

Before the pandemic, the SPO large ensemble would often featured upwards of 60 or 70 musicians. The SPO also would include other local groups, especially at our holiday concerts, which often featured more than 150 musicians performing for our audience. These groups include the SPO Women’s Choir and local choirs, like the Sistema Youth Choir. The SPO also offers development opportunities for young musicians and composers, including our New Generation Composers Workshop.

Because of the continuing efforts by Delta Bingo & Gaming, the SPO is able to keep most of our programs and opportunities alive. It also gives us the opportunity to involve as many of our regular musicians as possible in our digital season efforts and ensure that we have resources to fund expenses related to producing this online content.

Our thanks to Delta Bingo & Gaming head office staff, including CEO Cam Johnstone and COO Shawn Fisher, as well as the in-house team at the Downsview location, including Jessica and her staff, the Downsview Sponsors Assocation, and their administrator Janemarie Broderick.

We hope that, if you have the opportunity, you’ll learn more about Delta Bingo & Gaming, and visit the Downsview location to try the new games and show your support of the local charities and non-profits who benefit from these efforts. You can find the latest news and more location information on their website.

Thank you from the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra!

October 30, 2020