String City at HQ

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 3:59 p.m. June 27, 2018

There was a warm breeze from Bahamas sweeping through headquarters.

Violinists playing in front of sheet music
The String City Violinists playing at police headquarters
  • Violinists playing in front of sheet music
  • A boy, seated, playing violin

On June 27, the String City Violinists, from Nassau in the Bahamas, toured Toronto Police headquarters and put on a show for uniformed and civilian members.

Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon welcomed the string band to Canada’s largest municipal police service.

“We love when people from different countries and cultures come visit us,” she said. “We want to thank you for blessing us with your incredible talent.”

The band, comprising young people between four and 15, was formed eight years ago.

“We have a lot of bands in the Bahamas, including brass,” said director Adelia Davis. “We don’t have many string groups around and that’s why I wanted to focus on that.”

The touring group comprised 31 violinists and two drummers.

“We have about 50 violinists in the group who weren’t able to make the trip,” added Davis.

The group, which returns home on June 29, also toured Ottawa.

The trip to Toronto Police headquarters was co-ordinated by Constable Isabelle Cotton of the Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit (CPEU). 

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