I’m a big believer in the power of music, especially when it comes to helping dementia patients deal with their condition. In my grandfather’s later years, one of the things that gave him comfort and kept him calm was the music coming from his bedside radio. I saw firsthand how music improved the quality of his last years and months of his life.
This is why I’m proud to host the Music for Memory Project tomorrow night (April 29) at the Horseshoe in Toronto. The show is sold out–thank you, everyone–and we have a ton of people donating iPod Shuffles. The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada will then load them with music and loan the devices to Alzheimer’s patients. If you’re going and you have an extra iPod, please bring it.
Here’s the schedule.
8:00 – Doors
8:50 – Alan Cross intro of the night
8:55 – Alzheimers Rep speaks
9:00 – John Mann (Of Spirit of the West. He has early onset dementia)
10:00 – Scarlett Jane
10:10- Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath)
10:20- Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)
10:30- Madison Violet
10:40- Molly Johnson
10:50- Chris Tait (Chalk Circle)
11:00- Royal Wood
11:10- Josh and Andy
11:20- A couple of special surprise guests! (I can’t say. Shh.)
11:45 – All performers to sing “With a Little Help from My Friends”