About Concerts in Care

Concerts in Care is the primary program of Health Arts Societies. Nationally, we offer almost 2000 concerts per year across Canada in more than 350 facilities in 82 communities.

Our 45-minute 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 the 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.

Jeanne Lamon,
C.M., O.Ont., D. Litt.

Artistic Director of Health Arts Society of Ontario

Jeanne Lamon holds a distinguished position in the musical life of Canada.  Violinist and Music Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 1981 to 2014, Ms Lamon has been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her strong musical leadership and regularly guest conducts symphony orchestras in North America and abroad.  She has been widely honoured her work with Tafelmusik, including three honorary degrees.

 

Jeanne Lamon
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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

Administrative Coordinator: Brenton Chan