An Immersive Musical Journey
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The Home Shall Be Here project
I was compelled to create this project after the suicides of two of my close friends. Both were close musical collaborators, talented multi-instrumentalists and community leaders. Losing them affected me deeply and fragmented the artistic community. It also woke me up to the shocking statistics of depression, anxiety and suicide locally and globally.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), mental illness directly or indirectly affects all Canadians at some point. As a professional musician, creative expression has been a critical way of maintaining my own mental and emotional health. My most honest, heartfelt response to tragic loss and widespread suffering is to help others by sharing music, messages of hope and creative resources through concerts and workshops.
The first Home Shall Be Here tour occured in the spring of 2019 through Alberta and British Columbia. This included 13 performances and 2 music workshops in 14 communities in collaboration with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Evan Freeman for over 200 participants. The performances were held in local community centres, yoga studios, beautiful churches and private homes. In Alberta we toured Edmonton, Calgary and Canmore. In British Columbia we toured Kimberley, Creston, Nelson, Castlegar, Vancouver, Victoria, Courtenay, Bowen Island, Hope and Kamloops. We engaged local mental health organizations and collaborated with six local musicians and facilitators on the tour who offered a local perspective and awareness of local resources.
“to overcome our depression and anxiety—the first step, and one of the most crucial—is coming together.”
Johann Hari, Lost Connections