Plaid For Dad
Plaid for Dad was launched in 2015 to help raise awareness and vital research funds for prostate cancer. It has quickly become a fun and easy way for Canadians to celebrate dad and help the 1 in 7 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
This year, North American president Brett Halliday and his entire team showed their support by wearing plaid in store in the run up to 16 June, the Friday before Father’s Day, officially designated as the day to wear Plaid for Dad.
Brett and his team actively supported Plaid for Dad initiatives by raising over CA$10,000 and they were recognised with an ‘Outstanding Achievement in the Retail Services Sector’.
Michael Hill International Violin Competition
The Michael Hill International Violin Competition is a biennial music competition for violinists aged between 18 and 28. It aims to recognise, promote and celebrate excellence, distinctiveness and musical artistry. Young violinists from all over the world, who are on the verge of launching themselves on the world stage, are invited to apply to compete in this extraordinary competition that instils the necessary skills to broaden their career opportunities.
For the 2017 competition, 140 applications were received from young violinists representing 32 different nationalities. The selected finalists, 16 of the world’s finest young violinists, were flown to New Zealand to compete for a total prize package worth NZ$100,000. This year’s winner Ioana Cristina Goicea from Romania received NZ$40,000 and a recording contract with the Atoll label. She is about to undertake an intensive performance tour across New Zealand and Australia in 2018.
The careers of the past Michael Hill winners continue to demonstrate the calibre of the artists involved. Nikki Chooi (2013 winner from Canada) was recently appointed Concertmaster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (The Met).
The next competition will be held in 2019 in Queenstown and Auckland.
You can stay up to date with all the upcoming competition news at violincompetition.co.nz