New summer music program will get seniors rockin’

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THE BOX at H’art Centre will be rocking starting on July 10, 2015 with the launch of a new, free eight-week summer music program for seniors called Rock the Chairs!

The program, open to adults 55 and older, will introduce participants to a new genre of music each week with a focus on fun and friendship.

Local musicians, Yessica Belsham and Winston Vinh, will lead the weekly sessions. Belsham runs the Kingston Drumming Circle and an Aztec drumming group, and is a member of several diverse music groups. Vihn has performed with local bands such as Mr.LoveClub, Spencer Evans and more.

The program will run on Fridays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at its 237 Wellington Street location. There are 16 spaces available. At the conclusion of the weekly sessions, participants will have the option to take part in a performance.

H’art Centre is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities and those facing barriers with opportunities to create and experience art. THE BOX is its 3,500 square foot accessible performing arts space and outreach program. The Centre uses the space to encourage people who face barriers to participate in the performing arts.

H’art Centre gratefully acknowledges The Ontario Trillium Foundation is supporting Rock the Chairs! The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,300 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province.

Rock the Chairs is the third part of a larger project designed to encourage a diverse population to take part in the performing arts at THE BOX this year.

To register, contact the Box Manager at 613-545-1392.

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