When funding is available, Belong to Song participants receive mentoring from professional artists and financial assistance to attend regular musical and vocal master classes, to record demos of their favourite songs, and to write and record their own original songs.
The Making of Stronger Than Before
Stronger Than Before
These twelve original songs are the result of several months of master classes in vocal performance, song-writing, and demo-recording for Belong to Song participants.
“Mr. Stranger” | Za Za
“Mind’s Lament” | Jaimelyn Thibeault
“Precious Gift of Recovery” | Louise Blakey
“Walking on Eggshells” | Beth Reimer
“Can I Hold Your Hand Tonight?” | Desiree Terrebonne
“Freaks in the Park” | Tim Clark
“Ms. Pandora’s Box” | Nina Jogia
“I Saw a Star” | John Mackey
“A Mother’s Love” | Gloria Ellis
“Hall of Fame” | Christine Bolton
“Drive” | Kim Redlin
“Stronger Than Before” | Kathy Bulmer
Stronger Than Before (2018) was produced by Catherine McInnes, Jake Levesque, & Simon Larochette and recorded at The Sugar Shack Recording Studio with funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the Westminster College Foundation, and the Rotary Club of London-Lambeth.
Good Company (2017) is a true labour of love—with eleven original songs written and performed by Belong to Song community musicians, all of whom have lived experience of mental illness.
"Bravado" | Gloria Ellis
"Smother Me" | Sharon Mullen
"Catastrophe" | Christine Bolton
"Mixolydia" | Tim Clark
"Steady Onward" | Kim Redlin
"Another" | Kevin Gustaevel
"On the Welfare Line" | Jaimelyn Thibeault
"My Sistah, My Guide & My Friend" | Louise Blakey
"Bad Boots" | Desiree Terrebonne
"What's That Sport" | Rob Whiteman
"Good Company" | Larry Lund
Purchase a copy of the CD by contacting London Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 439 0013.
Friends of Belong to Song
• Frederic Laloux •
• The Rotary Club of London-Lambeth •
• Sue Brown •
For more information about Belong to Song,
please contact Richard Gracious
(Artists in Residence, London Arts Council)