Our History

Jam for Justice was founded in September 2010 by Sean Cohen, Omar Sadek, and Émilie Gagnier-Marandola. During a cultural exchange to Cuba in March 2010, Sean, Omar, and Émilie had the opportunity to play music alongside Cuban musicians. In spite of linguistic and cultural differences, music enabled them to communicate and connect with one another.

Following this experience in Cuba, upon returning home to Montreal, Sean, Omar, and Émilie realized that music could be used to bring people together in support of important causes. A few months later, they founded Jam for Justice, with a mission to support social development and well-being through music.

Over the years, Jam for Justice’s team grew with the addition of directors and coordinators. Additionally, Jam for Justice now has chapters at schools across Canada.