Amica & Roy Thomson Hall
Engaging and soulful musical experiences and activities are an integral part of Amica’s premium lifestyle for seniors, and our partnership with the non-profit Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall helps bring some magical moments to life. From innovative song writing projects to dementia-inclusive concerts and a virtual holiday concert, this partnership delivers joy and optimism to Amica residents and other Canadian seniors.
The Lyrics & Legacies project
This incredibly unique program allowed several Amica residents to work with professional songwriters and musicians to turn their life stories into original songs. Created in partnership with Amica and conceived by Vanessa Smith, Manager of Education & Outreach at The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, the program enabled participants to express themselves and create a legacy piece for their families.
Watch this moving CBC News segment to learn how songwriter J.J. Gerber helped Amica resident Bridget Hamilton craft a song about fulfilling her dream to become a teacher, thanks to her mother’s encouragement. J.J. shares how the Lyrics & Legacies program and the power of music helps forge human connections and joy.
Plus, watch this powerful video to find out how the program helped Amica resident Al Russell channel his positivity, humour and life experiences into a Gilbert & Sullivan-inspired song.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Lyrics & Legacies project was that each of the songs truly reflects the background, culture, interests and musical passions of the Amica resident that inspired it. From the haunting instrumental piece inspired by Amica resident Angela Koth’s perilous boat ride from Jamaica to England during World War II to Amica resident Doug Roberton’s jaunty Ode to Canada that brings Stompin’ Tom Connors to mind, each song is truly one of a kind.
Listen to the songs below to experience them yourself.
Live Your Life: This upbeat song stars Amica resident Bridget Hamilton paying tribute to her mother, who encouraged her to become a teacher. Songwriter and vocalist J.J. Gerber and musicians Christine Bougie and Adam Warner also feature.
Go Ahead & Sing: Amica resident Sid Gladstone sings of the joy of music, along with songwriter and vocalist Marion Adler and musicians Paul Shilton, Chelsea McBride and David Campion.
Dubonnet & Delight: This bright and whimsical tune follows the life of Amica resident Al Russell. It’s written and recorded by Erez Zobary and features musicians Adam Eisen, David Lipson and Kaelin Murphy.
A Voyage to Remember: Amica resident Angela Koth’s perilous boat ride from Jamaica to England during World War II inspired this instrumental piece, written by Phoenix Pagliacci. Musicians include Vania Lee, Malaika Khadijah, Marina Lopez, Tina Sol and Octavio Santos.
Ode to Canada: Amica resident Doug Roberton sings of his love of country —from coast to coast — in this cheery song written by Murray Foster.
If you’re also passionate about music, return to this page often to find out about other upcoming collaborations with Roy Thomson Hall. Plus, learn about other Amica partnerships that allow us to create unique and enriching experiences tailored to seniors and follow Amica on social media to hear about other programs and events.