About Concerts in Care
Since 2011, the Concerts in Care program has presented programming that makes a significant impact in a range of seniors’ care communities across Ontario.
Anchored at the intersection of artistic excellence and research about music and the brain, we curate a series of turnkey concerts in seniors’ facilities, performed by top-calibre professional musicians.
Our concerts offer transformative musical experiences that give these elderly citizens a moment of beauty through high-quality music, and a social experience to share with their new friends and family. Even in a residence full of people, many feel isolated. Sharing the experience of a live concert can help build new relationships.
Our audiences are made up primarily of frail elders and others isolated in long-term care residences. Many people were previously regular concert-goers. Some are unfamiliar with the repertoire and are discovering the joy and richness of first-class live music for the first time.
Family and friends also attend concerts, which can provide an excellent focus for their visits.
Staff members enjoy the concerts, too, and often comment on how residents are more relaxed, cheerful, and positive following a Concerts in Care performance.
Concerts in Care pays special attention to facilities where financial resources to support live professional performances are scarce or stretched thin, and to facilities in areas where there are excellent musicians available to perform.
Artistic Advisor of Concerts in Care Ontario
Concerts in Care Ontario welcomes pianist Andrew Burashko as Artistic Advisor, with special responsibility for the release of fifteen 30-minute concert videos as we pivot our musical services to Long-Term and Memory Care, assisted and independent living facilities. In addition, Burashko will advise on programming for the series of outdoor concerts for these audiences in the coming months. Andrew is the founder and creative force behind Art of Time Ensemble.
Andrew’s personal musicianship and wide scope of musical experience and interest are a significant asset to Concerts in Care’s new foray into digital delivery of music to Ontario’s seniors. We look forward to this collaboration.
Health Arts Society was established in British Columbia (est. 2006) to bring the work of professional musicians to audiences sequestered in long-term care, using the program name Concerts in Care. Initiated in 2011, in 2019 Health Arts Society of Ontario legally became Concerts in Care Ontario.
Societies now exist coast to coast, including Quebec’s Société pour les Arts en Milieux de Santé (SAMS).
To date more than 14,000 concerts have been delivered to audiences in care across Canada by the Concerts in Care / Health Arts Societies, reaching an audience of over 500,000.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell,
O.C., O.Ont., Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Board of Directors:
Executive Director: Debra Chandler
Administrative Coordinator: Brenton Chan