Ontario Initiatives

The Room 217 Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation and registered Canadian charity that produces and distributes therapeutic music resources and provides Music Care education to frontline caregivers. The Room 217 Foundation maintains a cross disciplinary perspective and works collaboratively within various health care and community pathways. Building strong local, provincial and national relationships, especially in hospice palliative care and long term care is essential.

Sharing Dance, a community initiative of Canada's National Ballet School, aims to spread appreciation of movement by encouraging Canadians of any age and fitness level to experience the joy of dance.  The program includes taking dance to the public to:

The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research provides a unique environment for conducting applied research into areas of practical concern and immediate relevance to older adults and their families. They develop innovative approaches and creative interdisciplinary partnerships that focus on enhancing the lives of older Canadians.

Sistema Toronto’s mission is to build and sustain an intensive social program that provides free, ensemble-based music lessons to inspire children at risk to realize their full potential as students, musicians, and citizens.  Their vision is to instil a strong sense of community, self-respect, and mutual support in our children through the pursuit of musical excellence in order to prepare them for a better tomorrow.

SKETCH is a community arts development initiative based in Toronto engaging young people homeless and on the margins, ages 15-29.  They create opportunities for young people, living street involved, homeless or otherwise on the margins, to experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.  SKETCH is entering its 19th year of providing creative training initiatives for street-involved, homeless and at-risk youth.

Stimulating the Senses is an innovative and inclusive program at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) designed to encourage visitors to discover art through senses other than sight. Experience art in new and exciting ways by touching sculptures in a tactile tour, hearing a description of a painting, or listening to contemporary audio-based artworks.  For more information please visit: www.gallery.ca For tickets contact: 613-998-8888.