SAVE THE DATE! MCC Toronto - November 10, 2012

by Bev Foster

The next Music Care Conference will be held on Saturday November 10 in Toronto ON at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. In partnership with U of T’s new Music and Health Research Collaboratory, Royal Conservatory of Music, Baycrest Hospital and Laurier Centre for Music and the Community, Room 217 will present the fourth Music Care Conference. Early bird registration is available until September 15 at $140 + HST. Register here. For special group rates, call Carolyn Simpson, registrar, at 905.852.2499.

MCC Toronto Keynote Performers and Speakers: Adrian Anantawan, Dr. Connie Tomaino, Deborah Salmon, Amy Sky  

Special performance by Adrian Anantawan, who according to the Globe and Mail has established himself as “a rising star in classical music”.  He also holds a Masters Degree from Yale University, studying with Peter Oundjian, an M.Ed. from Harvard University and will attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education, researching the role of adaptive musical instruments within a UDL curriculum. Come hear the story behind the notes by clicking on Adrian's photo.


Amy Sky has a story worth hearing. Amy is a Canadian singer-songwriter and has penned songs for many artists including Diana Ross, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire, Belinda Carlisle, Aaron Neville, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Roch Voisine and Sheena Easton.  She has released multiple solo albums as well as collaborated with Olivia Newton-John in fundraising efforts benefiting cancer survivors. Amy speaks about and advocates for mental health issues. She was honored for her work as a spokesperson in this area, with the CAMH Courage to Come Back award. Sky has hosted three seasons of Parenting shows on Rogers TV. Sky has lent her support to many charitable causes.

Room 217 is thrilled to welcome Dr. Connie Tomaino, Executive Director of the New York Institute of Music and Neurological Function to Canada and to MCC. She is Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, Beth Abraham Hospital, New York and is internationally recognized for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. Dr. Tomaino has worked extensively with Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and writer of Awakenings and Musicophilia. Connie’s work was featured in a 2011 movie, The Music Never Stopped, inspired by Sacks’ book Awakenings. Dr. Tomaino will be speaking on Music Therapy in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.


Deborah Salmon, one of the pioneers of Canadian palliative music therapy will be our other keynote speaker. Deborah has practiced music therapy in palliative care since 1984. She holds a BMus degree in flute performance (University of Manitoba), an MA in music therapy (New York University), and has trained extensively in psychotherapy.  Deborah has taught music therapy courses at Concordia University, McGill University and the Université de Québec à Montréal. She has published several articles and chapters and presents her work internationally. She is the subject of a documentary film, On Wings of Song: Music Therapy at the End of Life.   For a full program including workshop speakers, visit us online at Room 217 Music Care Conference.  We invite you to join the growing Music Care Community. You will be both inspired and informed!