CONCERTS IN CARE, the principle program of Health Arts Society, has given new meaning to the idea of "Concerts in the home." During our 45-minute concerts, our professional musicians share music, stories, and compassion with their audiences, bringing joy and stimulation to our seniors who can no longer get to a concert venue.
Since 2011, we have presented almost 1500 concerts for 70,000 seniors, through 2760 performer engagements in Ottawa, the Greater Toronto Area, Pembroke, Sudbury, and since June 2019, in London. We present classical and jazz, as well as a bit of American Songbook, and the occasional themed event.
By the end of 2019, we will have more than tripled the number of our annual Ontario presentations, totalling 320+ performances for seniors in long-term and memory care, assisted living, and independent residential facilities.
Concerts in Care musicians are selected and screened, so artistic standards are very high. We work with musicians from National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Opera Atelier, Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Glenn Gould School, University of Ottawa, and the best musicians from the classical and jazz worlds in the communities where we serve.
Health Arts Society of Ontario was established in 2011, based on the model of Health Arts Society in British Columbia (est. 2006) to bring the work of professional musicians to audiences sequestered in long-term care. Thanks to generous foundational support from BMO Financial Group, the societies, including Quebec's Société pour les Arts en Milieux de Santé (SAMS), now serve audiences in care in all ten provinces. To date over 14,000 concerts have been delivered to audiences in care across Canada by the Health Arts Societies, reaching an audience of over 500,000.
Honorary Patrons: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., O.Ont., Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Board of Directors: Andrew Shaw (Chair), Ron Hay (Secretary/Treasurer), Doris Daughney, Catherine Fauquier, Bryan Graham, Alison Smith, Marion York
Executive Director: Debra Chandler
Concert Administrator: Brenton Chan