Health Arts Societies / La SAMS - 2023 annual report

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Health Arts Societies, Concerts in Care Ontario and La SAMS gratefully acknowledge the ongoing contributions of national funding partners Bank of Montreal and the Azrieli Foundation for the delivery of Concerts in Care/ Concerts en milieux de santé for audiences in care. The following is a brief summary of 2023 activities.

National Association of Health Arts Societies, Concerts in Care and La SAMS

An unincorporated association unites the seven societies sharing the mission to provide audiences in care with a regular schedule of professional concerts by local paid performers. The group of societies is dedicated to making the concert program a part of Canadian culture focussed on the improvement of life for Canada’s elders. The association holds regular meetings of the staff directors and board chairs of each society. 2023/2024 Chair: David Lemon, M.S.M., founder of Concerts in Care

Health Arts Societies / La SAMS 2023 Report
National Funders
Beija-Flor Duo, Marie-Noëlle Choquette et Charles Hobson

British Columbia

2023 has been a year of expansion and growth, with new and returning audiences embracing the Concerts in Care programme in a post-COVID era. Health Arts Society (BC) presented 521 in-person Concerts in Care throughout British Columbia, in addition to 48 Concerts in Care Online (in partnership with HAS Alberta).

The legacy of the pandemic does present an ongoing challenge, particularly as facilities juggle constantly changing protocols, and some locations still frequently completely shut to outside events. More audiences this year have been delighted with the resumption of Concerts in Care as part of the culture of their homes and as part of their re-connection with the community at large. Expansion of the artistic roster has been a priority, enriching the programme with a wider variety of genres and styles.

Hospitals: Activity has significantly increased in hospitals, including St. Paul’s Palliative Care (Vancouver) and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (Trail).

Adult Day Centres: A grant from Seedlings Foundation has enabled considerable expansion of concert presentation programme in adult day centres throughout the Lower Mainland. These facilities are key players in British Columbia’s “ageing in place” strategy of providing daily activity programmes for seniors still living in their own homes.

Concerts in Care Online: Our online presence has been established with this dynamic project, in partnership with Health Arts Society of Alberta. 48 online concerts were presented in 2023 on a dedicated portal: A duplicate platform with the same material is also in use: for retirement residences, adult day centres and individuals living in their own homes. This partnership not only widens the range of music presented, but the format offers efficient concert delivery to facilities in both provinces. This weekly service is accessible to all audiences with internet access, and acts as an excellent “calling card” to introduce our work to new facilities. Several existing funders and donors have been flexible with the use of current grants and donations, allowing contributions to extend to this new project.

Associate Organisations: Presentation partnerships have expanded considerably, including the participation of performers from Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Music in the Morning and Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Corporate & Individual partners: London Drugs has returned as a corporate donor, with a contribution to Concerts in Care Online (for both BC and Alberta). In

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addition to the continued significant contributions of Bank of Montreal (nationally) and Odlum Brown (British Columbia presentation sponsor), a number of generous corporate donors in the Kootenays region have embraced the programme on behalf of those in care in their communities. These include Nelson and District Credit Union, Teck Metals, TD Bank Group and Columbia Power.

Public funders: Public funders have truly embraced the value of the Concerts in Care programme, and generous contributions have been received from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, BC Gaming Commission and a number of public funders in the Kootenays region, notably the Columbia Basin Trust through the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and the Central Kootenay Regional District. Special COVID relief funds have been granted by BC Arts Council and Canada Council, and the new Cultural Impact Critical Assistance initiative from the City of Vancouver has provided funding to help pivot the work of Concerts in Care to online delivery.

Foundations: Excellent funding partnerships continue with the Azrieli Foundation, Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, St. Paul’s Foundation, ZLC Foundation, as well as two funds held at the Vancouver Foundation: the Osbertus Fund and the Smith-Sigurdson Fund.

Board development: The board continues in its goal to increase its numbers and further its geographic representation. Potential representation from Victoria and the Okanagan is currently being pursued. A newlyformed events committee is currently planning an awareness/fundraising event for spring 2024.

Honourary Patrons: Jane Coop, C.M., Suzie LeBlanc, C.M., Tania Miller

Board of Directors: Bruce Munro Wright, O.B.C. (President), David Cousins (Vice President), Anita Ghatak (Vice President), Janet Nixon (Treasurer), Sylvia L’Ecuyer, C.M., Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Secretary), Greg Dawson, Michael Gallagher, David Helliwell, Paul Mitchell-Banks, Heather Peets, Chantal Ryan, Lynn Smith, K.C., Sally Warren


The musicians had great interaction with the residents/ audience. A couple of people were so moved by some of the songs performed that they were in tears. Thankyou again for coming to our site with this wonderful and engaging performance!

—George Pearson Centre (Vancouver)

The latest performance … One lady was particularly thrilled with the lively music, and she spent all evening humming the tunes over and over again. She died that very night, but surely with a smile on her face after such a touching performance. Thank you so much for what you do!

Health care staff (North Vancouver)

A wonderful time, we can hardly wait to have you back! Residents really appreciated how engaging the performers were, by sharing a bit about Chinese culture, history of the instruments, etc. Some had lived in China before, and said “this group was better than the music I saw when living in China”. They were amazing!

—Broadway Lodge (Vancouver)

Amazing, a real treat!! Never have heard those instruments before and the residents were so thrilled to have such amazing musicians.

Adanac Park Lodge (Vancouver)

Staff: Raymond Aucoin (Managing Director), Karen LeeMorlang (Artistic Director) Caitlin Bradley-Beaupré (soprano) & BC Artistic Director Karen Lee-Morlang (piano) at Minoru Residence (Richmond) Avan Yu (piano) at Little Mountain Place (Vancouver) Brian Kalbfleisch (vocals/ukulele) & Rob Fahie (bass) at Mountain Lake Seniors Community (Nelson)
Hazel Yeung (violin) & BC Artistic Director Karen Lee-Morlang (piano) at Chown Adult Day Centre


2023 saw huge growth in Alberta, with 344 concerts across the province, continuation of our digital program with the Health Arts Society of BC, and our widest geographic reach to date.

Live and Online Concerts: This year we performed 344 concerts, exceeding pre-COVID programming levels and reaching approximately 16,000 Albertans living in care. Due to a partnership with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and grant support from Healthy Communities Canada, we were able to reach more areas of the province than ever before. In addition to numerous concerts in Alberta’s major centres (Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge), we performed in facilities in communities including Athabasca, Barrhead, Carstairs, Coaldale, Didsbury, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sundre, Swan Hills, Sylvan Lake, Taber, Tofield, Westlock, and Wetaskiwin.

We continued our digital platform, Concerts in Care Online, with the Health Arts Society, featuring 30-minute concerts performed by local artists. The weekly concerts were distributed to seniors living in facilities and in the community across the province.

Community Presence: In addition to our care facility concerts, and after a successful pilot program, we performed a 12-concert series at Alberta Hospital for psychiatric in-patients. This was an interesting experience for us, with audiences of a much larger agerange. We performed for groups including forensic and adolescent units, as well as small individual concerts for patients who were unable to join the larger patient population. The program was highly successful, and ten more concerts are planned for 2024.

We also continued our Library Lunchtime Concert series at the Edmonton Public Library. Monthly concerts were presented at the Stanley Milner Library in downtown Edmonton with the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation and the City of Edmonton. The concerts are always well attended, with local seniors’ groups, office workers, and many members of the downtown transient community in attendance.

Funders: We are grateful for the continued support of BMO Financial, the Azrieli Foundation, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Stollery Foundation, and London Drugs. Our government funders are The Province of Alberta, The Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, The City of Edmonton, and Calgary Arts Development.

Organizational Development: 2023 was a year of solidifying our organization. Led by two Co-Presidents, Karen Lynch and Aliya Rota, the Board added three new members and held a strategic planning session in November that will create a robust three-year plan. We held our first post-pandemic fundraiser, a highly successful house concert (hosted by Director Jessica Deckert-Sookram) which generated $25,000 in donations towards artist fees.

Board of Directors: Karen Lynch and Aliya Rota (Co-Presidents), Dr. Jeffrey Steed (Vice-President), Bernie Bolton (Secretary/Treasurer), Faith Boka-Gwinji, Jessica Deckert-Sookram, Kaitlynd Hiller, Stella Lee, Kieran F. Ryan, Bruce Munro Wright, O.B.C.

Staff: Meran Currie-Roberts (Executive and Artistic Director)

We had the most incredible concert today through Concerts in Care. Sean and Scott came and performed and brought the house down. People were singing along, stomping, clapping, cheering and dancing. I have never seen such a positive response from residents. One person even said it was the best concert we have ever had.

Emily Dukeshire, Recreation Therapist, Carewest Rouleau Manor (Calgary)

The response [to the concert] from the elderly residents, their families and facility staff was simply amazing. Some of the residents had grown up listening to this classical music but never had an opportunity to hear it again for 30-40 years and the experience brought back fond memories and even tears. There is a huge need to expand the availability of this program to more communities, especially those in more rural isolated areas, so that as many vulnerable seniors can enjoy the numerous benefits of it as possible.

Sandip Singh Gandham, MD CCFP AHS Deputy Zone Clinical Department Head, Continuing Care & Seniors Health, Edmonton Zone


Claire and Jarred were amazing yesterday at Athabasca Healthcare Centre, thank you for connecting with our site and sharing two of your talented artists. We were most appreciative of their ability to grab our resident’s attention and have positive discussion in between songs along with the lovely music/voices they shared together.

Krista Grant, Recreation Therapist, Athabasca Healthcare Centre

A diverse audience enjoys a Library Lunchtime Concert at the Stanley Milner Library Buon Park, Sylvia Chow, Clayton Leung and David Bordeleau perform a free concert for residents at CapitalCare Dickinsfield The Obsessions Trio with residents at McConnell Place West following a performance A recording session for Concerts in Care Online featuring Calgary Philharmonic Musicians Adriana Lebedovich and David Morrissey


154 Concerts in Care were presented throughout Saskatchewan in 2023. This reached elder audiences at a number of long-term care and retirement communities in Regina and Moose Jaw, but also at facilities in smaller communities, as part of touring projects to Assiniboia, Broadview, Gravelbourg, Fort Qu’appelle, Humbolt, Imperial, Indian Head, Lanigan, Lumsden, Melville, Mossbank, Nokomis, Standing Buffalo First Nation, Strasbourg, Watrous, Weyburn, Wolseley, Yorkton. Management of activities has been spearheaded by volunteer Noela Bamford, Past President of the Board of Directors, who has been instrumental in establishing awareness projects and implementing fundraising projects. Generous contributions from individual donors, the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation and the Music Performance Trust Fund have significantly enabled expansion of concert presentation.

Board of Directors: David Lemon, M.S.M. (President), Noela Bamford (Past President), David Millar, Bob Perry, Vaughn Solomon Schofield, S.O.M., S.V.M., Bruce Munro Wright, O.B.C.


Our provincial concert presentation partnership with Manitoba Arts Network (MAN) remains in excellent standing, and while COVID-19 protocols still limit concert presentation in some areas throughout the year, a modest number of rural concerts were presented in 2023, in addition to a growing number of concerts in the Winnipeg area.

Board of Directors: Raymond Aucoin, David Lemon, M.S.M., Bruce Munro Wright, O.B.C.

The Old Time All Stars at Wascana Rehab Centre (Regina)
Twin Kennedy (at a Concerts in Care performance)


Concerts in Care Ontario had a year of many accomplishments, new relationships, and new donations and funding that have helped us to share stirring musical experiences with thousands of seniors across the province.

In 2024, Concerts in Care Ontario focused on care and impact, engaging with new communities on three tours including our first two indigenous exchanges, senior audiences in shelters, and research and programming series where we are focused on front-line Long-Term Care workers.

We had some spectacular successes; paid close attention to systems and improvements; and managed our way through the most challenging financial year since Covid.

We delivered a record 422 concerts.

• 353 live in person

• 24 Zoom

• 19 videos

• 26 concerts on tour

Included in the live concerts are 12 fully-funded NSERC-CC CreateMore concerts in Kitchener-Waterloo Schlegel homes during December to support KW Symphony musicians. For context, we booked a total of 494 concerts, of which 72 (14.5%) were cancelled due to outbreaks or reduced facility capacity.

New Activities:

Our first tours – Manitoulin-Elliot Lake-Sudbury; North Bay to Deep River, and the Kawarthas Region – gave us 26 concerts in 10 new communities, including two indigenous exchanges Initiating CreateMore concert series in 3 Schlegel homes as part of our 3-year research and programming project with Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, funded by NSERC and Canada Council for the Arts. Incentivized surveys for both staff and musicians follow each of these concerts, performed on individual floors to access maximum staff and residents.

• Homes First – series of six concerts for seniors and their fellow residents living in Homes First shelters

• September 6 donor event – superb music and highly successful donation challenge

Systemic improvements:

• HR capacity – Music Coordinator hired full-time as of January 2024

• Fund Development data management – Created a series of reports to clarify results and set goals

• Profile and reach – increased social media posts and mailing lists. In 2024, broadening traditional media targets

Organizational Improvements:

• Streamlined our concert expectations/parameters with facilities

• Engaged The Arts Firm with CSRF funding to provide assessments and 3-year plans for fund development and marketing, as well as HR/Succession recommendations.

Governance: Alison Smith became Chair and Andrew Shaw Past Chair at April’s AGM. We welcome a new director in February 2024: Catherine Chalmers, a former violinist and current philanthropic professional. We are activating an Ambassador Program to integrate a range of volunteers on various levels.

Financial Support

Public: Touring/video production grants from Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council, as well as a rebuilding grant from Ontario Arts Council to reactivate facilities in Windsor, London, Ottawa, and Sudbury.

Private: Principal renewed support from both Azrieli Foundation and BMO, in addition to funding from Catherine and Maxwell Meighen, Harold E. Ballard, Takla, McLean, Blair, BrownJohn Memorial, Hodgson, and Rogan Foundations, and Raymond James Financial. Individual giving doubled in 2023, largely due to the September 6 event, and bolstered by three major gifts.



Honourary Patron: The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell retired as Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario in November 2023. We have applied for patronage from her successor, Madame Edith Dumont.

Board of Directors: Alison Smith (Chair), Andrew Shaw (Past Chair), Ronald Hay (Secretary), Paul Harding (Treasurer), Catherine Fauquier, Jessica Liu, Marion York, Neela White

Staff: Debra Chandler (Executive Director), Andrew Burashko (Artistic Advisor), Brenton Chan (Music Coordinator), Sandra Parsons (Accountant)

Another great concert at the Grenadier this afternoon. These 3 very talented and personable musicians treated a large and appreciative audience to some well-known and well- loved jazz pieces — much toe-tapping and some singing-along. The concert lasted for an hour and a half — a bit longer than usual for this crowd— but the group remained attentive and enthusiastic to the end. I continue to be gobsmacked by the quality of the musicians you produce.

Bob Weese, Resident and Donor

It was great having you, Thea and Sudbury string quartet perform for us all. We are all appreciative of your efforts to bring a different genre of music to our Nursing Home. I can say this has not been done before. I closed my eyes listening to the performances and they took me on quite a journey. I really enjoyed the experience. We had our drum group yesterday [first time since you visited and they played for you]. I had 14 residents show up and we ALL were using our instruments to sing our Anishinaabe songs using drums and shakers. [Normal turnout is 5.] It was a beautiful moment.

Matthew Assinewe, Wikwemikong Nursing Home, Manitoulin

Thus far the residents have really enjoyed both the concerts that we’ve had here. We’re getting a fantastic resident turnout for these concerts and word of mouth about the calibre of the performers is travelling through the building and a ton of people are coming for these concerts – thank you!

Lauren Georgy-Yang, Redwoods, Ottawa

Holy smokes, Yisek Sao [piano] was amazing!! Thank you for arranging him to come. The residents LOVED him. He can come back anytime, they said. They loved his Chopin Ballade No. 1.

Lynn Wei at Kingsway

She is incredible. My residents are in awe! OMG! We had a big crowd stay afterwards and talk to her. They want her to come back. She was great: not only played music but also talked about the music she played. The residents felt they had an amazing music lesson. They want her back.

Teresa at Sorrento, re. Di Zhang, Chinese dulcimer

Thank you so much for arranging the concert this afternoon, the artists were a big hit! We had about 100 people there for the concert and we heard so much positive feedback about Jenny Crober and Noelle Slaney. Many residents went up to thank them afterwards.

Mark Lundrigan, The Donway re piano and voice, Celtic and classical

I have been having a difficult time adjusting to living in a retirement residence, but after the concert yesterday I felt I was part of life again.

Mary in Elliot Lake, to her daughter after Sudbury String Quartet and Thea May

Our concert was fantastic with Laura and Dan! It was lyrical and soulful and all our residents were fascinated with how Dan put together the vibraphone! Thank you so much — it was a great success!

Quicksilver (flute and vibraphone) at Briton House

Such a fantastic show last night! The residents, families, volunteers and staff were fully engaged and enjoyed every minute. Ross and Carolyne were so talented and well suited to entertain seniors. Seven Oaks would love to have them back.

Michele Rodway, Manager, Resident Services

Fairview Resident enjoying the music Alanna Jenish and Mika McCairley @ Sunnybrook Warriors’ Hall NBSQ At North Renfrew LTC Yolanda Bruno and Michael Bridge recording for CreateMore project Wikwemikong NH Drum Circle, Sudbury String Quartet, Thea May, Gloria, Matthew Assiniwe, D Chandler
High Strung — Colin Maier and Brock Bruford at Chartwell Grenadier St. Patrick’s Day


1 303 occasions de semer le bonheur, en rendant accessible la musique, le talent et la bienveillance de nos artistes

Grâce à son savoir-faire, son réseau étendu dans le secteur de la santé et de la culture, et grâce au soutien de ses partenaires et de sa communauté philanthropique, La SAMS a présenté plus de 1 300 concerts et activités musicales à travers la province du Québec lors de sa saison 2022-2023, dont 38 ateliers de chorale SAM’Chante et 87 concerts en ligne.

Ce chiffre de diffusion record a permis à plus de 60 000 personnes fragilisées et souvent isolées de recevoir les bienfaits de ces visites musicales au service de la santé physique, mentale et sociale. Ces moments rassembleurs ont été possible grâce à la collaboration de près de 200 artistes professionnels, en musique classique, jazz, et musique du monde.

Saison 2022–2023

Total de 1 303 concerts et services musicaux, dont 1 216 en présentiel. À titre de comparaison : 857 concerts en 2021–2022.

Concerts en groupe, de chambre en chambre et extérieurs : Nos bien-aimés concerts ont été offerts dans les CHSLD, les résidences pour aînés, les centres de réadaptation, les instituts en santé mentale et dans les milieux de vie pour femmes ou hommes en difficulté. Dès que la chaleur fut au rendez-vous, des concerts extérieurs ont été proposés aux centres de notre réseau, ainsi qu’aux aînés dans les HLM de quartiers moins favorisés.

Lorsque les résidents ne peuvent pas se déplacer dans les aires communes, nos artistes troubadours leur rendent respectueusement visite dans leurs chambre, leur offrant quelques minutes d’évasion musicale et d’apaisement. Ces concerts au chevet ont également été offerts dans les centres de soins palliatifs et dans les hôpitaux, notamment pour les patients en oncologie et en dialyse.

« Il y avait des perles d’émotion dans les regards de ces ainés en CHSLD, beaucoup d’émotions vocales aussi tout au long de ce concert. Ce geste d’un homme en perte de mobilité, qui a mis 10 minutes, le temps de deux chansons, pour réussir lentement à lever son pouce afin de nous manifester son enthousiasme restera gravé dans mon coeur. Je crois aussi que chanter ‘’La bohème’’ dédiée à mon Papa nous a fait un grand bien collectif! »

Geneviève Neuville et Christine Tassan, duo guitare-voix

« Ça fait du bien pour l’âme. C’est merveilleux, on est choyé. Ça fait apprécier la vie, pour ce qu’il en reste. Tous les moments comme ça, on les prend. Se concentrer sur le beau, c’est un plus. Ça doit réparer une couche de milliers de cellules endommagées ! Merci ! »

Patiente du CHUM, département oncologie

Activités virtuelles : Des services musicaux en ligne, accessibles gratuitement, ont permis de bonifier l’offre musicale proposée aux CHSLD et résidences pour aînés, en plus de rejoindre les aînés à domicile, partout au Québec.

Durant les mois d’hiver, chaque semaine, La SAMS en direct a proposé à son public des rendez-vous hebdomadaires sur Zoom avec ses artistes des quatre coins du Québec : des rencontres musicales virtuelles en toute authenticité, de chez eux.

La plateforme La regroupe des concerts en ligne enregistrés dans des conditions professionnelles et qui mettent l’accent sur le côté humain. Sous forme d’abonnement, ces concerts, créés spécialement pour le public de La SAMS, sont offerts en diffusion continue. Avec 2 453 vues, les 33 concerts ont été écoutés en entier 703 fois.

« Chaque concert est différent, et c’est chaque fois une découverte et un grand bonheur qui nous fait vivre et revivre. Faites attention vous êtes en train de faire de moi un centenaire ! »

Germain L’Archer, participant des Sams en direct, de son domicile

Types d’activités • Concerts en salle 659 • Concerts troubadours 260 • Concerts extérieurs 168 • Concerts en soins palliatifs 78 • Concerts en soins en santé mentale 13 • Chorale SAM’Chante 38 • La SAMS en direct (concerts sur zoom) 54 • La (concerts en diffusion continue) 33

Chorale SAM’CHANTE : En partenariat avec le centre

AVC-Aphasie Laval, cette chorale bien particulière s’adresse à des personnes aphasiques et atteintes d’alzheimer ainsi qu’à leurs proches aidants. Décontractés et festifs, ces rendez-vous musicaux hebdomadaires visent à travailler les mots, la voix, la respiration ainsi que la coordination des participants qui ont des troubles du langage. Grâce au chant, à la musique et son interaction avec le cerveau, la trentaine de participants à la chorale arrivent à pousser la chansonnette et à jouer des percussions. Certains d’entre eux dévoilent même, en peu de mots, des souvenirs impérissables associés aux chansons.

La chorale a d’ailleurs performé lors de la soiréebénéfice en avril 2023 devant des donateurs émus et complètement ébahis. Ce fut un moment qui restera gravé dans les mémoires, de voir ainsi les effets incroyables de la musique et de chanter, ensemble.

« Il y a trois semaines, j’ai rencontré Mme Raymonde Fontaine, elle a eu un AVC. Elle est arrivée déprimée, très en colère de sa condition et sans voix... La semaine dernière, elle a chanté seule devant tous une chanson de bon anniversaire et elle a annoncé en larme qu’elle était ressuscitée ! »

Tiphaine Legrand, cheffe de chœur, chorale SAM’Chante

Le duo Les cousines avec Michèle Motard et Estelle Lavoie : là où la scie musicale s’accorde à la kora. Beija-Flor Duo, Marie-Noëlle Choquette et Charles Hobson Jean-Sébastien Leblanc, clarinettiste du Early Jazz Band
Stéphane Tétreault, violoncelle au Pavillon des soins palliatifs de l’Hôpital Santa-Cabrini, Montréal

Québec (suite)

Un partenariat universitaire pour former les futurs musiciens en milieu de santé : La mission de La SAMS trouve un écho très favorable à l’Université McGill qui lance en janvier 2023 un nouveau cours universitaire offrant les bases d’une formation de musicien en milieu de santé. Une présentation a été offerte par la direction générale et artistique de La SAMS, qui a ensuite fourni aux étudiants un accompagnement et des opportunités de concerts dans son réseau d’établissements de santé, pour un total de 12 concerts.

Conseil d’administration : Sylvia L’Écuyer, C.M., Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Présidente et cofondatrice), Jacob (Jack) Altman et Marc-André LeBel (Vice-présidents), Julie Rizi, CPA, MBA (Trésorière), Marc Lemieux (Secrétaire), Claude Beauchamp, Ingrid Jensen, David Levine, Dominique Sorel, Claudine TremblayJolicoeur, Daniel Turp (Président émérite et cofondateur)

Atlantic Canada

32 Concerts in Care were presented for audiences in care and retirement communities in Atlantic Canada throughout 2023. Audiences were reached in the Halifax/Dartmouth area, but expansion of geographic reach remains a priority, and performances were also presented on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, in Truro, Pugwash and in the Annapolis Valley. Significant strides have been made in fundraising, with new and developing relationships with Northwood Foundation, J & W Murphy Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Government of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission.

Honourary Patron: Barbara Hannigan, C.M.

Board: Donna Logan (President), Raymond Aucoin, Sylvia L’Ecuyer, C.M., Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, David Lemon, M.S.M., Bruce Munro Wright, O.B.C.

Staff: Peggy Walt (Administrator)

Équipe : Florence Troncy (Directrice générale), Charlotte Cumberbirch (Directrice artistique), Madeleine Owen (Responsable, Administration artistique), Isabelle Trottier (Assistante aux communications), Rosanne Boisvert (Bénévole à l’évaluation des concerts)

Marraines et parrains : Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Directeur musical Metropolitan Opera de New York et Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Stéphane Tétreault (violoncelliste), Dre Isabelle Peretz (Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en neurocognition de la musique et fondatrice Laboratoire international de recherche sur le cerveau, la musique et le son - BRAMS)

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John Ebata (piano)
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