Indigogo campaign


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We have recorded our first full length album and we’re looking for your help to put it into the hands of patients, their loved ones, and hospital staff.

This studio recording features the work of 15 of our talented musicians who hope to offer lasting enjoyment and sanctuary to patients by giving this CD away as a gift. We also hope to raise awareness of our program through radio play and other promotional efforts.

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The Care Home Outreach Project

Warm congratulations to Artists in Healthcare’s Brandon Coordinator Corey Friesen for his highly successful fundraiser for “The Care Home Outreach Project’.

Corey has raised over 5,000 for University of Brandon’s music students to bring concerts to residents in five long term care homes in Brandon over the next school year!

Art Supply Donation!

poco beads

poco beads

Artists in Healthcare Manitoba sends a HUGE thank you out to Poco Beads for their generous donation of beads and tools for the Art by the Big Blue Chair program at Cancercare MB, the Art at the Bedside program at St. Boniface Hospital and the Art program at Misericordia Place!

Many thanks to volunteers Rose Graham, Investors Group and Jane Clark, altShift Design for a day spent designing well over 50 bead packages for St. Boniface and Cancercare MB.

Also a big thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council.

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Ann Germani

Ann Germani is a professionally trained musician and teacher who discovered and developed her passion for playing the harp while living on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Since then, she has been performing at Ceilidhs, Community Concerts and Festivals, with orchestras and choirs, and is currently playing second harp with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Ann has lectured, conducted workshops, and helped establish music education programs in libraries, pre-school centres, conservatories, schools and colleges across Canada.ann_photo3

A poem, Jan 2013

Poetry from the hospital;

“Stick by twig
my nest is pulled away,
As love, the mother eagle
has her way

All that keeps me safe-
built e’er so high,
must go
for she would have me fly.

Still, seed I am
the soil is ever high
mine the cross, the grave
the sky”

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Lois, Vanessa and Stacey

Today at St. Boniface Hospital local AIHM artists Lois Gillespie, Vanessa Kuzina and Stacey Kemmesies sing for the folks on E4 during the afternoon tea.

It was like the Andrews Sisters came for tea- time.

Photo Vanessa Stacey and Lois at St. Boniface Hospital october 2012

Music Heroes!

Cheers to Lois Gillespie and Tim Cummings for their profile with
They were noted in their ‘music heroes’ section on health causes.

CMU student Stacey Kemmesies will be playing her practicum at St. Boniface Hospital and Tache Centre/Action Marguerite this academic year. Artists in Healthcare are delighted to have Stacey.

Filling Hospitals with Music

The impact is immediate and huge and it shows you why you chose to be an artist.
-Keith Price, guitarist

They’re like travelling minstrels, making their way through the lobbies and the wards of CancerCare, St. Boniface Hospital, the Grace Hospital and other healthcare facilities.

Art by the Big Blue Chair, CancerCare Manitoba

CancerCare Manitoba – Art by the Big Blue Chair

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This new program funded through a grant to Artists in Healthcare from the Manitoba Arts Council began Aug 20th.

“Thanks to Lulu from Poco beads for donating beads and kits to the patients at Cancercare Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital programs!”

I asked our artist Kate Black, if she had any stories for our board, to help us get a feel for how the new art at bedside program was going and received the following:

Of course I have stories!

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Healing with Music in Turkey

Doctors at a hospital in Istanbul are turning to an unusual form of medicine – music. Music therapy may sound a strange approach to modern medicine but according to doctors at the Memorial hospital in the Turkish capital it is producing results.

The man behind the drive is Professor Bingur Sonmez and he has been joined by his colleagues Dr Erol Can and Mehmet Susam in order to revive the traditional Islamic idea of music therapy. Continue reading