Musicians Don’t Retire

July 6, 2017

“As I have gotten older, two things have grown in importance. Family and music”. – anonymous Tapestry resident

The growing focus on music seems to be the case for the majority of Tapestry at Wesbrook Village residents. Life Enrichment Manager Brynna estimates that 90% of residents participate in some type of music program regularly. This likely has to do with the wide variety of programming the team facilitates for Tapestry residents.

Last summer, Tapestry at Wesbrook Village residents got a special invitation to attend the PRISMA Music Festival in Powell River, BC. The trip was enviable by any standard! Arriving by float plane from Vancouver, residents were shuttled by charter bus to the festival. While on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, a group also took a sea excursion up Desolation Sound. The outdoor festival outing was so successful that another group with mostly new participants attended again this year from June 16-17.

Besides these types of annual trips, out Life Enrichment team always arranges weekly in-house performances. These include performances by the Mozart School of Music, The UHill Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra, the UNA Chamber Orchestra, and other regular performers. On top of this, they also offer weekly off-site music outings. These include the Vancouver Opera, the Met Opera, the West Coast Symphony, and various concert and plays.

And of course there are many individual residents who drive participation of fellow residents in external programs including Music in the Morning. Tapestry resident Katie Drysdale organizes concerts every couple of months which residents, staff, and musicians from her professional network take part in here at Tapestry. The last performance attracted nearly 130 attendees! Tapestry has also been recently connected with Saint James Music Academy. This academy strives to inspire Vancouver’s inner city youth to bring social transformation through the power and joy of music. They have performed at Tapestry and residents have attended other performances in a variety of locations. There is also a group of residents who fund raise annually with a portion of proceeds supporting this organization.

Music is absolutely an integral part of the Tapestry lifestyle. With regularly organized outings and strong connections to the music community, residents have numerous opportunities to pursue musical interests and entertainment. To learn more about Tapestry and to attend an upcoming in-house performance, click here to contact us.

“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” Louis Armstrong


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