MUSIC AND WELLNESS

If you’ve ever sought out just the right track to unwind after a long day at work or pump you up for a session at the gym, you know how music can affect our mood and state of mind. But music and wellness can also be part of a balanced healthy lifestyle. This series focuses on how music can benefit our well-being through informational sessions in the form of lectures and recitals, as well as hands-on activities, like yoga and sing-alongs that put musical theory into practice. Join the COC in celebrating music and mental health!

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019: YOGA

    Saturday, October 19, 2019: YOGA, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

    Yoga Instructor: Madison Arsenault
    Artists: Lauren Eberwein, soprano and Rachael Kerr, piano

    Music and mindfulness unite in harmony in the COC’s soaring Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Feel the integration of live music and movement, as a singer and pianist weave uplifting melody into this unique yoga experience. These events are designed for all levels of ability. Just bring your own mat and we’ll bring the music; all instructors are accredited.

    Cost: general admission: $24 | student: $20.

    Please note that the box office will be closed during this event and no tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Register online or call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

    This is a yoga session. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and bringing your own yoga mat and lidded water bottle; there are water fountains available at the Four Seasons Centre.

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    Monday, October 28, 2019: MUSIC & MENTAL HEALTH LECTURE AND RECITAL

    Monday, October 28, 2019: MUSIC & MENTAL HEALTH LECTURE AND RECITAL, 7 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

    Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts


    Explore the art and science of music’s effect on our physical, mental, and emotional health with accredited music therapist and registered psychotherapist SarahRose Black. Learn about the role of music therapy in the healthcare industry and the practical applications of music to promote well-being at this casual evening event, which will include live performances. This event is free.

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    Saturday, January 25, 2020: YOGA

    Saturday, January 25, 2020: YOGA, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts


    Yoga Instructor: Madison Arsenault
    Artists: Vartan Gabrielian, bass-baritone and Rachael Kerr, pianist

    Music and mindfulness unite in harmony in the COC’s soaring Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Feel the integration of live music and movement, as a singer and pianist weave uplifting melody into this unique yoga experience. These events are designed for all levels of ability. Just bring your own mat and we’ll bring the music; all instructors are accredited.

    Cost: general admission: $24 | student: $20.

    Please note that the box office will be closed during this event and no tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Register online or call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

    This is a yoga session. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and bringing your own yoga mat and lidded water bottle; there are water fountains available at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

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    Wednesday, March 4, 2020: MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH LECTURE

    Wednesday, March 4: MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH LECTURE, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, North York

    Explore the art and science of music’s impact on our physical, mental, and emotional health with accredited music therapist and registered psychotherapist SarahRose Black and cellist Andrew Ascenzo. Participants will discover how music can punctuate life's most important moments, and learn more about music’s important role in the healthcare industry and personal wellness. This casual evening event will include live performances.

    Free program, please call (416) 395-5639 to register.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020: MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH LECTURE

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020: MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH LECTURE , 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave E, North York

     Explore the art and science of music’s impact on our physical, mental, and emotional health with accredited music therapist and registered psychotherapist SarahRose Black and cellist Andrew Ascenzo. Participants will discover how music can punctuate life's most important moments, and learn more about music’s important role in the healthcare industry and personal wellness. This casual evening event will include live performances.

    Free program, please call 416-395-5710 to register.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020: YOGA

    Saturday, May 2, 2020: YOGA, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts


    Yoga instructor: Priya Shah
    Artists: Jamie Groote and Liz Upchurch

    Music and mindfulness unite in harmony in the COC’s soaring Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Feel the integration of live music and movement, as a singer and pianist weave uplifting melody into this unique yoga experience. These events are designed for all levels of ability. Just bring your own mat and we’ll bring the music; all instructors are accredited.

    Cost: general admission: $24 | student: $20.

    Please note that the box office will be closed during this event and no tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Register online or call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

    This is a yoga session. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and bringing your own yoga mat and lidded water bottle; there are water fountains available at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

    BUY NOW

  • SarahRose Black, music therapist and speaker



    SarahRose Black is an accredited music therapist and registered psychotherapist specializing in palliative care and psychosocial oncology at both the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Kensington Hospice in Toronto. She is a pianist, vocalist and music health educator, and has performed, taught and presented on her clinical work and research across Canada. SarahRose has published on music and health care, music therapy, as well as oncology, palliative and end of life care in a number of academic journals and media outlets. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Education and a Master of Music Therapy, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, researching music in the context of assisted dying.


    Andrew Ascenzo, cellist



    Cellist. Performer. Conductor. Composer. Musical Director. Artistic Director. Teacher. Producer. Audio Engineer. Multi-Instrumentalist. Andrew Ascenzo is redefining what it means to be a professional musician in the 21st Century.

    As one of Toronto's most versatile musicians, Andrew embodies a passion for presenting a myriad of musical styles to diverse audiences across Canada. He performs regularly as a soloist and is a member of the Bedford Trio, currently the Irene R. Miller Piano Trio in Residence at the University of Toronto and finalists of the Anton Rubinstein International Chamber Music Competition. In August 2019, Andrew recorded, designed, and performed the electronic component for the world premiere of Rob Kapilow's recent composition Aprés Maman at Ottawa Chamberfest. As a conductor, Andrew has worked with many musical theatre groups including York University and Etobicoke Musical Productions, and is the Musical Director for Brampton Music Theatre's Fall 2019 production of Mamma Mia! Andrew is the Artistic Director of Music in the Atrium, a weekly concert series, now in its 23rd season, at Toronto's Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Andrew is currently designing a new genre of concert with renowned music therapist SarahRose Black, combining live performance with narratives of the power of music in health and well-being.


    Madison Arsenault, yoga instructor

     

    Madison began her yoga journey 8 years ago during her Bachelor of Music degree, with a Youtube video and her mat. She came to the practice with hopes that it would relieve some anxiety and help with her breath management as a singer. After a few months as an introverted yogi, she found a local studio in London, and fell absolutely in love. The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits were undeniable. This regular yoga practice drastically enhanced her singing, and her general wellbeing. In 2016 she became a certified yoga teacher, and since then has been teaching around Toronto alongside her musical career. This past March, Madison was in India completing another yoga teacher training in Rishikesh from Shiva Yoga Peeth. She loves music and yoga equally, and recognizes the benefits a regular yoga practice can have for singers. Through this realization, Madison began to focus her teaching on a practice specifically designed for singers, and so began her company “Yogapella: Yoga for Singers”. For the last two years, Madison has been hosting workshops with singers and working with choirs on this new and specialized technique. She also teaches private piano & voice lessons, and co-founded “Midtown Music & Yoga Camp”, working with kids of all ages. Merging her passion for singing and yoga just made sense; as singers will drastically benefit from the practice of yoga to heighten their awareness of their bodies, improve breath management, and relieve performance anxiety.


    Priya Shah, yoga instructor



    Priya Shah is an experimental vocalist, singer-songwriter, music therapist, and aspiring yogi currently based in Toronto, ON. Born in Calgary, with roots in India and branches all over the world, she is compelled by the ability of music to comfort, arouse, express and soothe the emotions that arise within the human condition. She has been featured as a guest performer with Montreal-based vocal collective Phth (2019), performed as an improviser at Toronto Creative Music Lab (2019), Between the Ears Festival (2017), and Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (2017), and most recently, released a self-titled EP which is available for streaming on all digital platforms. In addition to working on creative projects, she facilitates group and individual sessions in mental health, oncology, long-term and palliative care settings as a music therapist and qualifying registered psychotherapist. She is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and loves to incorporate improvisation into her practice.


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