Since 2011, Health Arts Society of Ontario has produced Concerts in Care for seniors living in long-term care facilities and seniors' residences. Our mission is to ensure that every senior living in a health care institution in Ontario has access to the joyand shared social experience of live performances by professional musicians. In Ontario we have presented over 900 concerts to 46,000 seniors through 1900 paid musician engagements.
“Concerts in Care was inspired by my witnessing friends and family passing the final stage of their lives in residential care.Despite their frailties, even because of them, all our seniors in care homes need the solace,stimulation and joy that professionally performed live music brings.” David Lemon, M.S.M. Founder, Health Arts Societies/SAMS(Concerts in Care)
Whether recorded, broadcast, or live, music is all around us. Until it isn't. Until you have lost control over the space in which youlive. Most of us can’t imagine having no opportunity or perhaps ability to gofor a walk, to dine out, or to attend concerts and other events. But for a compounding number of seniors, the most rapidly growingdemographic segment in Canada, this is a reality. Once active citizens now need support and safe environments in their dailylives. Because of their frailties and isolation, they need the joy and stimulation that professional concerts provide.
Concerts in Care presents concerts in Ottawa, Toronto, Pembroke, and soon, Niagara, Sudbury and more. Our partners for ourregular concerts include the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier,Ottawa Chamberfest and Toronto Summer Music.
Artistic Director Jeanne Lamon oversees all artists and programs, including our New Generation program. For this stream, wework with an increasing number of partners, including the Glenn Gould School, University of Ottawa, and the professionalmusicians from our partner organizations to identify and secure participants for our New Generation program, which introducesemerging artists to our seniors' venues and audiences.
Concerts in Care is based on a fee-for-service model, with moderated tiers to accommodate homes with restricted resources. CiCpresents a varied program of solos, duos, trios, and quartets in each facility. Each concert or series is offered at a fraction of thecost of delivery of equivalent programming, and comes with complete administrative support.
What People Are Saying
"“For 2 years we have experienced the wonderful dynamics of Concerts in Care. The variety and powerful performances wow residents, families, staff & volunteers. We can't imagine our program without Concerts in Care and recommend these talented musicians to anyone organizing music for all ages.” "
— Kayla Sparling, Director of Resident Programs, Granite Ridge, Ottawa
" Wonderful performance, family and friends able to attend and enjoy events with their loved one, which is reflective of their past. The audience was attentive, no one left early, you could have heard a pin drop! Wonderful selection and variety of music. "
— Kirsten O’Brien, Program Facilitator, Glebe Centre
"This music is such a high calibre and takes me to another world. I forget all of my ailments and woes when listening to it."