This fundraiser for Recollectiv a music group for people with memory challenges will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 1pm – 3pm, at The Tranzac Club Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto. Tickets $25 at the door or $20 in advance.
The afternoon will include several other performers (Sam Broverman, Oasis Vocal Jazz, Ros Kindler, Beverly Taft and Ilana Waldston) with band members Michael Shand (keys), Ross MacIntyre (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums) as well as raffle prizes and a cash bar.
In Canada, half a million people live with dementia, with approximately 76,000 new cases diagnosed every year. One in five Canadians have experienced caring for someone living with some form of dementia. Both care partners and patients can suffer isolation and depression, which can be greatly relieved through social contact and shared activity.
Recollectiv is a musical group primarily made up of people who are dealing with memory challenges due to illness (such as Alzheimers or Parkinsons) or trauma (such as brain injury or PTSD). Its primary mission is to spark joy and rekindle the mind through music making with others; by doing so, it helps both them and their care partners feel whole again and feel a part of a community.
The weekly rehearsal in an accessible location provides stimulation, socialization and lifts the spirits of both the players and their companions. There is no cost for participation and it is open to those who want to sing along or play an instrument, regardless of their musical abilities. Recollectiv is a project of the registered charitable organization Smile Theatre.
“After my mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, she began to lose the ability to participate in all the activities she used to enjoy (bridge, reading, theatre-going, etc…). I quickly discovered that live music invigorated her, elevated her mood and had lasting positive effects, particularly if she was able to sing, dance or clap along. I am thrilled to bring to Toronto this group that will help so many who face these challenges.”
– Ilana Waldston, Founder of Recollectiv
“Playing music creates such excitement that it alters the chemistry of the brain by causing the release of natural dopamine, which controls movement, mood and cognition. Music not only mends minds, but families and relationships. I like to say it restores the rhythm of life and I want to share that medicine with others.”
– Carol Rosenstein, co-founder and co-director of Music Mends Minds