Pickering, Ontario, March 16, 2011

What better way to tickle the ivories and celebrate the Bicentennial than by playing hot ragtime music popular a century ago?

Pickering resident, Ennio A. Paola, is no stranger to the ragtime genre of music. Not only is he the Founder, Collaborative Composer, Artistic Director, Artistic Curator and Director of his own company, Significant Music®™; Paola is also an award-winning Composer and Music Educator. In fact, his featured opus' include "Hawkins' Hill Rag" which is recognized as the last published Ragtime work of Canada's Ragtime Revival Period (1960's-1980).

So it comes as no surprise that Paola has established a ragtime piano competition to celebrate this toe-tapping, upbeat style of music. The fourth annual Significant Music®™ Ragtime Piano Competition will be held in conjunction with the City of Pickering during the Pickering Museum Village’s event, Rag Dolls and Ragtime.

For this fourth in a series of competitions organized by Significant Music®™, Young Performers, Young Composers (to age 18), E-Media Performers (any age) are invited to participate in an expanded series of "Ragtime Categories", based on original III Significant Music®™ Competitions. This "Sharing a Significant Music®™ Competition" serves as underscore to "Rag Dolls and Ragtime", A City of Pickering, Bicentennial Event.

Sure to please music teachers, students, and the public this competition will take place during the Rag Dolls and Ragtime event at Pickering Museum Village on August 7, 2011 from noon to 4:30 pm. The competition is open to a variety of ages, with several categories, and prizes.

Interested competitors can register by visiting cityofpickering.com/greatevents under the Rag Dolls and Ragtime event listing, or stop by any City facility to pick up a package.
The competition syllabus, entry form, and rules and regulations are all downloadable . Applications must be submitted, along with registration fees, to the City of Pickering by Friday, June 30, 2011.

For more information on this piano competition, the event Rag Dolls and Ragtime, or for a complete biography on Ennio Paola and Significant Music®™ Ragtime Piano Competition history, visit the City website.

Pickering Museum Village is just 10 minutes from downtown Pickering. Take Brock Road north to Hwy 7, turn right and watch for the bell tower. Come out and see what this Living History Museum has to offer!

Pickering’s Bicentennial Celebrations are sponsored by Enbridge, Signage Source, and many other strong community partners. To view the complete list of sponsors, visit cityofpickering.com/bicentennial. Sponsors of this event are City of Pickering and Pickering Museum Village, Yamaha Canada (piano sponsor), Ontario Historical Society; CBC-Radio 3 "Breaking New Sound"; CKDO Radio 1580 AM, 107.7 FM
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