SAVE THE DATE! MCC 2013 – Saturday November 9, 2013 – Toronto, ON

by Bev Foster

MCC 2013 – Saturday November 9, 2013 – Toronto, ON

The Room 217 Foundation’s Music Care Conference will be returning to the University of Toronto on Saturday November 9, 2013 in partnership with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory, Toronto Alzheimer’s Society, Baycrest Hospital and founding partner Laurier Centre for Music in the Community.

Speakers include:


Jason & Marjorie Crigler – In 2004, guitarist Jason Crigler was a fixture in the downtown New York music scene. One night, in the middle of a show, Jason had a stroke which left the 34-year-old musician immobile and barely responsive. Doctors thought Jason would need to spend the rest of his life in a nursing home. But Jason’s family dedicated themselves to doing whatever was necessary for Jason to get well. Today Jason leads a normal, productive life as a husband, father, family member and musician. His recovery has been so successful that many medical professionals have called it a miracle. Jason and his sister Marjorie have been traveling around the country delivering their powerful multimedia presentation, Defying The Odds www.defyingtheodds.net. Marjorie speaks from the family’s point of view, while Jason offers a survivor’s perspective. Jason’s story was the subject of the award-winning documentary Life. Support. Music. which aired on PBS’ POV series in 2009.


Dan Cohen is founder and executive director of Music & Memory, which promotes the use of digital music players to improve the quality of life for elders, regardless of their physical or cognitive status.  He received his MSW from Adelphi University and a Master of Professional Studies from Long Island University.  His undergraduate psychology degree is from Hofstra.  He has spent most of his career in the technology sector.   Music & Memory, based in New York City and creators of the “i-pod project”, which now runs in more than 100 nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospices in 24 states and 7 countries, has been covered on CNN, CBC, NPR, The New York Times, CBS’s The Doctors, and the Huffington Post.


Jennifer Buchanan is an Accredited Music Therapist, the Past President of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and Author of TUNE IN. Jennifer has touched hundreds of audiences’ hearts and minds with her delightful passion, music, and upbeat presentations. Jennifer has taught at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and is frequently interviewed on radio or television or quoted in health care and popular magazines including Chatelaine and Canadian Living. Jennifer has received many honours including being the recipient of the Professional Caregivers Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Professional Development Award from her peers at the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Jennifer is Owner and President of JB Music Therapy. http://jbmusictherapy.com/


Dr. Robin Rio is Associate Professor and Director of the Music Therapy Clinic at Arizona State University. Prior to becoming a full time professor, Robin directed the music therapy program in a residential long-term care facility, providing treatment to a wide variety of people with multiple health issues.  She is the author of Connecting through Music with People with Dementia: A Guide for Caregivers, which strives to give caregivers tools to use music in improving quality of life. Robin’s clinical work has focused on improving communication and helping to facilitate opportunities for strengthening social, spiritual and physical well-being.


Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s best songwriting performers. To experience him perform is to enjoy creative storytelling, social commentary and wit with a man who clearly enjoys sharing his music and experiences with an audience.  Murray has nineteen albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records. Murray has won eleven JUNO awards, as well as RPM “Big Country” awards and Toronto music awards. His songs have been covered by many other artists as well as being featured in high school text books. Murray has been both a radio and television host as well as the author of a book and in 1993 was appointed to the Order of Canada.



Music Medicine Research Symposia presented by MaHRC:
3 Thematic Symposia on Implications of Research for Practice

Music Medicine and Neurodeficits – Friday November 8, 1:00-5:00
Music Medicine and Quality of Life – Sunday November 10, 9:00-12:00
Music Medicine and Pain – Sunday November 10, 1:00-5:00

For more information call 905.852.2499