Choir Nation’s Harmonies For Health initiative coming to hospitals this winter

October 17, 2016

Hospitals can be dreary places at the best of times. Despite even heroic efforts from nursing staff to brighten days, there’s nothing particularly good about being there—if you landed in the hospital, you’re probably not having your best day. But it can get worse! What if you end up in the hospital over the holidays, with nary a jolly soul around to make your days cheery? It happens, of course. And being stuck in a bed over the holidays can really make loneliness a lot more lonesome. That’s where Choir Nation comes in.



Basically Choir Nation is a “team-building experience” where the organization takes 10-25 employees, gets them together with a celebrated Canadian musician who teaches them choral arrangements of original and cover songs, and then has them put on a show for their friends, families, and coworkers. This winter for the holidays, they’ll be focusing specifically on hospitals with their Harmonies For Health initiative. So far, the hospital foundations that have decided to take part are Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, McMaster Children’s Hospital, and OneFoundation (the Niagara hospitals). Apparently the hospitals are also interested in having companies perform for patients year-round.

All you need to do to participate is wrangle 15-30 people who want to sing, pick three tunes, and a Music Director from Choir Nation will lead you through four weeks of 90-minute rehearsals. When you finally perform, you’ll be joined by two other companies who will also do three songs each. The fee is $3000, and $1000 will go to the hospital foundation as a charitable donation. If your office might be interested, hit them up and bring some joy to patients waiting out the holidays away from home.


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About the Author

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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