Last month, during Country Music Week in Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian Country Music Artist Gord Bamford, representing his foundation, presented a $10,000 cheque to McMaster Children’s Hospital in support of their Music Therapy Program. This program provides children in the hospital a chance to use music and its elements to promote and improve mental, physical and emotional health and well-being while receiving care.
The presentation included Bamford, Dr. Peter Fitzgerald (President, McMaster Children’s Hospital), Tracy Akitt (Child Life Clinical Leader), Bonnie Brittain (Music Therapist) and Orna Richter (Development Officer).
“Supporting music-related programs like the one here at McMaster Children’s Foundation is very important to me. People benefit from music in so many different ways. It can lift your mood, teach you a skill for life, or even provide a healing escape from something you might be dealing with,” said Gord Bamford.
“We are extremely grateful for the $10,000 gift from the Gord Bamford Foundation to support the Music Therapy Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital,” says Tamara Pope, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “This generous gift will enhance the patient experience for children and youth from throughout south-central Ontario who are receiving care at McMaster Children’s Hospital.”
As a not for profit organization, The Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth. The foundation provides funds for initiatives that include or involve music, education, health care, sports, and multi-use facilities that benefit youth across Canada.
Gord Bamford has received 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards including Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Male Artist of the Year wins, multi Canadian JUNO Award nominations, is the two-time winner (2013/2015) of Nashville’s Country Music Association CMA Global Country Artist Award, with 25 Top 10 singles in Canada including the #1 smash hit “When Your Lips Are So Close”. Bamford has spent the better part of 20 years honing his craft and perfecting his sound, with his eighth studio album, Neon Smoke, becoming a fan favourite since its release earlier this year. His new single “Dive Bar” is racing up the radio charts and into the Top 10.
About the Music Therapy Program:
Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities which are used to foster and develop a therapeutic relationship between the patient, family and therapist. Within this relationship, music is used to facilitate contact, interaction, learning, self-awareness, communication, and personal development. Music therapists skillfully use music and its elements to promote and improve mental, physical and emotional health and well-being for children receiving care. Music therapists work within an inter-professional health-care team to ensure that the delivery of exceptional clinical care is accompanied by therapeutic services that meet the needs of patients and their families.
We had the chance to talk to Bamford about his foundation and why donating to programs like this is so important to him. We also spoke to Music Therapist Bonnie Brittain about what she does and how it makes a difference.
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.