The Music Therapy Ride
By Zoe Peled August 10, 2012
The Music Therapy Ride is an annual motorcycle charity ride designed to raise funds for community-based music therapy services in British Columbia. Established by members of the music industry, with representatives from record labels, radio stations, booking agencies, talent managers, concert promoters and recording artists, the Music Therapy Ride has broadened its reach over the years to all motorcycle enthusiasts.
Now celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary, MTR has raised over $350,000 as a result of its annual ride from Vancouver to Whistler. In 2011, MTR will rev its engines even louder. In addition to aiding Music Therapists and general Music Therapy programs, the MTR committee has funded a recording studio at BC Children’s Hospital, as well as manufactured a mobile recording studio to service patients bedside in the hospital. The mobile studios, operating under the name “Band Wagon 1”, will enable Music Therapists to expand their already vital work by giving clients the ability to record the music created during their therapy sessions. This music will provide a legacy for their family, friends and community.
MTR has enjoyed support from many sectors of the community. Key partners include The Vancouver Police Department’s Motorcycle Drill Team, who have provided a presidential escort from Vancouver to Whistler over the past nine years; the Great Canadian Casino, who generously provide breakfast the morning of the ride and a departure point from the River Rock Casino and Resort; Vancouver BMW Ducati; Carter Motorsports; Trev Deeley Harley Davidson; Urban Wasp and a host of community sponsors.
Past celebrity guests have included Colin James, Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson, Jann Arden, Brent Butt, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace and many more.
The 2011 Music Therapy Ride will take place on Saturday, September 17th. The day’s activities include breakfast at the River Rock Casino and Resort, a group ride to Whistler, lunch at the Garibaldi Lift Company and a silent auction hosted by Great Canadian Casino’s Howard Blank.
Recipients of funds raised from the Motorcycle Therapy Ride have included Canuck Place, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Oral Centre for Deaf Children, Camp Moomba, Brookhaven Extended Care Facility, George Pearson Centre, BC Women’s Hospital, the Society for Disability Arts and Culture and many more.
Stay tuned for music therapy ride 2012 announcements
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