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Canadian venues to support music therapy programs with A Night Out For Music Heals 2018

Music therapy charity Music Heals has revealed details for the 2018 edition of their annual A Night Out For Music Heals event, which invites bars, venues, nightclubs, pubs, and breweries across Canada to come together on one night (March 3, 2018) to support the organization’s initiatives.

Now in its sixth year, A Night Out For Music Heals takes place on the first Saturday of every March, and kicks off Music Therapy Awareness Month. The initiative raises funds and awareness for Canadian music therapy programs, with $1 from each patron at a participating venue donated to support music therapy programs across the country.

90 venues across Canada participated in 2017, helping raise over $19,900 for music therapy. The Vancouver-based organization hopes to see over 150 venues participating in 2018, and anticipates growth of international audiences as Music Heals spearheads the launch of the first ever World Music Therapy Day in March 2018.

RSVP to Music Heals’ Facebook event page to stay up to date with the latest venues joining the initiative. Venues that are interested in participating in 2018 can contact Music Heals at nightout@musicheals.ca.

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March in support of music therapy this Sunday in Toronto

On Sunday March 26, 2017, join Music Canada in celebrating Music Therapy Month by marching through the streets of Toronto to generate funds and awareness for the music therapy initiatives.

The annual March For Music Therapy, hosted by the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, will kick off at 11am outside Toronto City Hall (100 Queen West), with the march scheduled to begin at noon.

Participants can register beginning at 11am in the Committee Room 2, and will wrap up around 1pm at Grace O’Malley’s (14 Duncan St.) for food, drinks, and a performance by music therapy group SUPERFIRE.

If you’re not able to make the Toronto event, you can support the cause by contributing to the $40,000 fundraising goal. Over $25,000 was raised in 2016, with proceeds supporting programming for patients in palliative care and for seniors in long-term care facilities

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Hitting the Town for Music Therapy: A Night Out For Music Heals

The following is a guest blog by Zoe Peled, Community Outreach Specialist of Vancouver-based charity Music Heals:

It’s a familiar practice for most of us: the end of the Monday-to-Friday stretch arrives. We shift into weekend mode, and head to our favourite haunts for food, beverages, music, and general merriment. It is not uncommon that gatherings progress to bars, concerts, clubs, or venues. What happens when we incorporate a non-profit component into this social ritual? Enter: A Night Out For Music Heals.

A Night Out For Music Heals, the first major initiative of the year for Canadian charity Music Heals, invites bars, venues, nightclubs, pubs, breweries, and more to come together on one night to support the organization. Participating businesses support #NightOut4MH by donating $1 per patron from their cover charge, offering a flat donation, or highlighting a feature drink or menu item (and donating partial proceeds from sales).

Music Heals works to raise awareness about music therapy, and funds programs across Canada. The Music Heals Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada. Funding is directed to increased access to music therapy for patients in children’ hospitals, seniors’ centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, rehabilitation, bereavement support, and more.

A Night Out For Music Heals 2017 will take place on Saturday, March 4, and kicks off a month of activations for Music Therapy Awareness Month. Music Heals is aiming to work with more than 100 businesses across Canada, and are still waiting for participants to come on board from arts and culture hubs Toronto and Montreal.

Money raised in each province stays in that province, giving participants the opportunity to engage with local initiatives and programs. A unique fundraising event model, #NightOut4MH encourages cross- Canada business relations, is formatted to permit businesses of all sizes and scales to participate, and simultaneously celebrates several components of the diverse Canadian music industry.

For more information, visit www.musicheals.ca, email the organization via nightout@musicheals.ca, or follow via social: musicheals_ca

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‘The Gift Of Music: Stories of Music Therapy’ documentary screening across Canada

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced a series of screenings of The Gift Of Music: Stories of Music Therapy, taking place across Canada this month. The documentary portrays the incredible ways that music therapy touches the lives of people of all ages and abilities across Canada. In the film, viewers see how a young man overcomes many challenges to make music his career, meet a newborn without sight who learns to engage her other senses, and are touched by a dying man who is able to record a beautiful love song for his wife. A trailer for the film is available at http://vimeo.com/21257314, and embedded below.

Music Canada is proud to sponsor the venue rentals for the screenings, happening in eight cities across Canada.

The screenings are as follows:

  • Montreal (Nov 8), 3pm:  Concordia University, Open House/Donation at door – 1515 St-Catherine St W, EV Atrium Room 1.615
  • Vancouver (Nov 23), 2PM: Langara College 100 W 49th Ave, Lecture Theatre A122a
  • Peterborough (Nov 24), 7PM: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre. Donations at door – 140 Charlotte St
  • Halifax (Nov 24), 7PM: Dalhousie University, Rowe Building, Room 1014
  • Calgary (Nov 25), 7PM: Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Road NW
  • Toronto (Nov 27), 7PM: Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave, Director Scott Rondeau will be present.
  • Edmonton (Nov 28), 7PM: Stanley A Milner Library – Edmonton Room, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
  • St. John’s (Nov 28), 7PM: Memorial University, 230 Elizabeth Ave, Suncor Room

For tickets or more information, visit the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund site. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to expanding music therapy initiatives and pioneering new programs across Canada.

 Gift of Music Sponsors

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