Musical bus provides entertainment for isolated seniors

Mixbus Studio is spreading summer cheer on a tour of Quebec's long-term care homes.
By: Stewart Wiseman
May 28, 2020
Photo: Mixbus Studio

Social isolation has been particularly difficult for seniors during the pandemic, with long-term care homes across Canada preventing visits from outside family members and friends to avoid spreading the coronavirus. One collective of Quebec musicians realized that although they could not entertain seniors in their homes, they could still provide joy from outside. Mixbus Studio is a mobile music studio that was converted from an old school bus, and founders Jacob Pomerleau and Isabelle Langlois have spent the last two years driving around Quebec to record musicians and play spontaneous concerts.

Mixbus Studio is currently on a tour of Quebec seniors residences, providing cheer and laughter to Quebec's hardest hit demographic. Pomerleau and Langlois recently installed a safety barricade on the top of the bus so musicians can perform safely, and each show features different local folk musicians playing from the makeshift stage. Seniors have greeted the musicians from their balconies to dance and sing along, and the Mixbus Studio drives to to each side of the long-term care homes so that all residents can partake in the concert. Pomerleau notes that these Mixbus concerts have also provided relief for artists who had to cancel their summer tours due to COVID-19.

Source: CTV News

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