Recollectiv's mission is to help people with memory impairments and their care partners gain a new social network, rediscover a sense of accomplishment and find JOY through music-making.
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Founder of Recollectiv
After my mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, she began to lose the ability to participate in all the activities she used to enjoy (bridge, reading, theatre-going, etc.). I quickly discovered that live music invigorated her, elevated her mood and had lasting positive cognitive effects, particularly if she was able to sing, dance or clap along. I am thrilled to bring to Toronto this group that will help so many who face these challenges
Co-Founder, Co-Director of Music Mends Minds
Playing music creates such excitement that it alters the chemistry of the brain by causing the release of natural dopamine, which controls movement, mood and cognition. Music not only mends minds, but families and relationships. I like to say it restores the rhythm of life and I want to share that medicine with others.
When are the sessions and how long are they?
Sessions are held every Saturday afternoon at 2pm on Zoom. The music session is an hour long but is preceded by 30 minutes of socializing, sound checks and Q&A.
How much does Recollectiv cost?
Thanks to our many volunteers and our generous donors, Recollectiv is free of charge to participants and their care partners. If you'd like to help us continue to offer this program, barrier-free, please consider making a tax-deductible donation (see donation button at the bottom of the page).
Do I have to be able to sing or play an instrument?
Not at all. When singing along with Recollectiv online, you are muted, so none of the other participants or volunteers can hear you. If you don’t feel like singing, you can tap your foot, clap your hands, shake a pill bottle or just sit back and enjoy the music. It’s completely up to you.
I play an instrument; how can I participate?
Let us know in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you on the list to receive lead sheets for each week’s songs.
What kind of songs do you do?
The songs range from traditional ones, just as “You Are My Sunshine” through the decades until the 1970s. Genres (thus far) are folk, pop, country and jazz. There’s a little something for everyone.
I’d like to donate to Recollectiv; will I get a tax receipt?
Yes, if you are a Canadian resident and you donate more than $20, you will receive a tax receipt as Recollectiv is a project of Smile Theatre, which is a charitable organization. Just click the donation button at the bottom of the page.
If you'd prefer to send a cheque, please make it out to "Smile Theatre" and add "Recollectiv" on the memo line. Our mailing address is PO Box 31007, 725 College Street, Toronto, ON, M6G 4A7.