OUR MISSION: WE ARE CATALYSTS FOR SETTING INTO MOTION THE NATURAL HEALING, ENERGY RAISING  AND COMMUNITY BUILDING EFFECTS THAT OCCUR DURING THE GROUP CREATION OF 'LIVE' MUSIC, FOR PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

As well as therapeutic drumming circles, community singing groups and house concerts, we also provide a range of musical services including guitar/ukulele instruction and audio studio recording.

Nigel E. Harris - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  February 2018
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Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — Songwriters Association of Canada - Ottawa Branch - Monthly Songwriting Workshop Raven Street Studios, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7Y9 Raven Street Studios, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7Y9
 —  — 'Hearts In Tune' - Community Singing for Seniors Hintonburg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON Hintonburg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON
 —  — Hearts In Tune - Singing, Drumming and Mindfulness for Elders Hintonberg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON Hintonberg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON
 —  — A JEW-WOP HOLIDAY CABARET in Ottawa 'Live' On Elgin , Ottawa K2P IL7 'Live' On Elgin , Ottawa K2P IL7
 —  — 'STEPPING OUT IN STYLE' Fashion Show With the Tamir Neshama Choir Canadian War Museum , Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8 Canadian War Museum , Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
 —  — 'HEARTS IN TUNE'- Community Singing for Early Alzheimers Participants & Their Care-Givers * Location Change - Hintonberg Community Centre, Ottawa, K1Y 2Y3 ON * Location Change - Hintonberg Community Centre, Ottawa, K1Y 2Y3 ON
 —  — 2017 Senior's Health & Wellness Fair Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Brittania) , Ottawa, ON K2B 5Z6 Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Brittania) , Ottawa, ON K2B 5Z6
 —  — INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMANIZING HEALTH CARE Fairmont Chateau Laurier , Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7 Fairmont Chateau Laurier , Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7
 —  — KLEZ UKE FOR BEGINNERS Soloway Jewish Community Centre (SJCC), Ottawa, ON K2A 1R9 Soloway Jewish Community Centre (SJCC), Ottawa, ON K2A 1R9
 —  — 'HEARTS IN TUNE'- Community Singing for Early Alzheimers Participants & Their Caregivers Hintonburg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON Hintonburg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON
 —  — LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW - CKCU On your radio dial 93.1FM CKCU, Ottawa On your radio dial 93.1FM CKCU, Ottawa
 —  — SUMMER SINGING & DRUMMING ADVENTURE - for adults with early Alzheimers & their caregivers McNabb Community Centre (Community Room), Ottawa ON K1R 6E5 McNabb Community Centre (Community Room), Ottawa ON K1R 6E5
 —  — SUMMER SINGING & DRUMMING ADVENTURE - for adults with early Alzheimers & their caregivers McNabb Community Centre (Community Room) , Ottawa ON K1R 6E5 McNabb Community Centre (Community Room) , Ottawa ON K1R 6E5
CANADA DAY 150 SIMULTANEOUS DRUMMING ACROSS CANADA!!! Confederation Park , Ottawa, ON Confederation Park , Ottawa, ON
 —  — BEGINNER GROUP GUITAR SUMMER CAMP Musical Wellness Studio, Ottawa Musical Wellness Studio, Ottawa
 —  — CANADA DAY 150 SIMULTANEOUS DRUMMING PRACTICE Chinese Canadian Heritage Centre, Ottawa Chinese Canadian Heritage Centre, Ottawa
 —  — 'Uke Jam' @ Blues School of Music & Art Bluesfest School of Music & Art , Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2 Bluesfest School of Music & Art , Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2
 —  — Family Uke Bluesfest School of Music & Art , Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2 Bluesfest School of Music & Art , Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2
 —  — Minds In Song - Community Singing for Seniors with early Alzheimers and their spouses/caregivers Hintonberg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON Hintonberg Community Centre, Ottawa, ON
 —  — FAMILY UKE Bluesfest School of Music & Art , Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2 Bluesfest School of Music & Art , Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2

'Dear Prudence' at 'Live' On Elgin - my lovely daughter Sarite Harris came into town and invited me to be a part of her cabaret show 'A Jew-Wop Holiday Cabaret' - here we are doing a rokin' duet - enjoy!      

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SENIOR SINGERS WANTED!!!      

Singing & Drumming Adventure For Seniors 

'Hearts In Tune'  winter session now running Saturdays till March 3rd.

Come join us for this FUNN activity that stimulates short term memory through reminiscing to songs. Registration ongoing - Interested?

Contact:

Nigel at 613.728.5305   info@musicalwellness.com                        

Lyse at 613.355.9234        

See 'events' on this page for details

Check out the VIDEO  about 'Hearts in Tune' 

 

 

 

 

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IS YOUR WORK TEAM RUNNING AT MAXIMUM OUTPUT AND SHOWING SIGNS OF BURN-OUT?

You need - LUNCHTIME CORPORATE DRUMMING by Musical Wellness !!!


1-HR STRESS-BUSTING LUNCHTIME DRUMMING CIRCLE!!! 

BRING BACK THE FUN AT WORK 

HAVE YOUR EMPLOYEES WILLINGLY PARTICIPATE IN NON-WORK ACTIVITIES

OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE NEW CONNECTIONS BY USING THE UNIVERSAL AND PRIMAL LANGUAGE OF MUSIC

INVEST IN YOUR EMPLOYEES!

 

SOUND INTERESTING?  MORE INFO:

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UKULELE & GUITAR LESSONS

* Tax deductible fees for children's lessons
* Learning at home
* Increased self-esteem and confidence
* Proven non-technical method 

MORE INFO... 
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BARE BONES RECORDING STUDIOS

COME SING YOUR HEART OUT and make that CD you've always dreamed about

* Add your own vocals to your favorite hit
* Professionally record your own songs

* Make a CD of your stories
* Create you original meditation

 

We understand you are on a tight budget and will coach you through the process to make it fun !
We specialize in small jobs for regular people who are new to the recording industry 
Our overhead is small so we can pass on those savings to you



READ ON...

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PRIMAL BEATS...ENGAGING EARLY ALZHEIMERS DRUMMING PARTICIPANTS
 

At the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County's annual ReThink Dementia conference last year we presented a 'live' therapeutic drumming circle for the 200+ conference attendees. I directed a core group of participants made up of people with early dementia and their spouses/caregivers in drumming and pretty quickly the energy spilled out into the room and people at every table began to shake their shakers and clink their glasses to the primal beat. The presentation was designed to illustrate the positive effect of the creative arts on people with dementia - take a look at the video and decide for yourself! 



TESTIMONIALS (for therapeutic drumming circles)

"I want to say  again how lovely it was to meet you and to learn of the wonderful work that you are doing. You must be touching so many people in so many ways. I cant tell you how much my parents enjoy your sessions and every Saturday my mom calls me to talk of the songs sung at the Minds in Song programme. 
Please continue your fantastic work. Again, I cant stress how precious your contributions are – to the most vulnerable of people"


Professor Rhian M. Touyz, MBBCh, PhD, FRCP, FRSE - Glasgow UK
President, International Society of Hypertension
British Heart Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences

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"I just wanted to let you know that the drumming circle was a HUGE hit! Everybody got into it right away. The most AMAZING part was watching (name omitted), we definitely saw a progression of the disease over the past few months resulting in increasing difficulty following directions. However, today at the drumming circle we gave him some of the big shakers and he got so into it that he stood up and started dancing around the circle. It was truly heartwarming to see him be so lively! 
Nigel did such an INCREDIBLE job! I definitely think drumming circles need to be incorporated in the fall!"


Miriam Goubran - Ottawa,  Canada 
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"I have seen the marked change, within those participants with dementia, each time Nigel has introduced percussion instruments into our 'Mind In Song' sessions.
The regular 4/4 beat of the drum seems to ground us, to it is added any other form of percussion instrument to which we spontaneously respond with body movements, dancing, singing, clapping, and laughter. Everyone has a free-flowing, enjoyable time.
Nigel is the catalyst that makes it all work- thanks for the experience 😊"


Harlene Walker - Ottawa, Canada
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"There was a great atmosphere when I came in late to MIS on Saturday—some dancing, some singing and some drumming. The whole room seemed to be vibrating."

Rose Ann Hoffenberg - Ottawa, Canada

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW FOR YOUR DAY PROGRAM CLIENTS???

Ever thought of bringing in a THERAPEUTIC DRUMMING CIRCLE ?  
In this activity your participants will: 
* Tap into their internal primitive rhythms
* Reconnect with their innate drumming ability
* Have fun and interact in a friendly circle
* Feel their individual contribution to the group effort

* Experience a natural team building activity 
* Form deeper trusting connections with staff/caregivers


DRUMMING CIRCLES GET YOUR CLIENTS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING! 

HAVE YOURS SET-UP AT YOUR HOME FOR YOUR SENIOR RESIDENTS OR DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED DAY PROGRAM CLIENTS 


MORE...



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HOUSE-CONCERTS - LIVE!!!

Here's a vid with some Cavaquino energy - check it out!
Giving thanks for all we have in this life...  A Brazilian song...  sung in Hebrew




Videographer extraordinare: Lyse Cote 

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LOOKING FOR HOUSE CONCERT HOSTS IN THE OTTAWA AREA...


* Have a live singer/songwriter perform in your living room
* Invite your friends
* Hear about 'life on the road' 
* Be a patron of the arts
* Bring music into your home
* Fill your space with positive vibrations

INTERESTED?  use the 'contact form' on the contact page of this web site

READ ON... 


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The joy and magic from spending my days spreading 'Musical Wellness' throughout the community, inspires me to write original music - get your copy today - for sale on CDbaby 

* Nigel & His Musical Friends Greatest Hits - Vol 1  2006
* Evolutions, Revelations and Illusions -  2012  

 
LISTEN & BUY...
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NEW SINGLE 'The County' RELEASED ON cdbaby
Inspired by the hauntingly natural beauty of Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
 

 


LISTEN:  http://cdbaby.com/cd/nigeleharris3

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LISTEN TO POSCAST OF  LAST THURSDAY's LIVE SHOW HERE:   LINK TO SHOW

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GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS... PREVIOUS RECORD SMASHED !!!

On Saturday July 1st 2017 a new Guinness Book of Word Records record was broken - the most people, of different nationality, drumming simultaneously for 6 minutes, across Canada.

This was a huge task, as people had to be coordinated across 5 different time zones in Canada.

I was asked to conduct the Ottawa drummers who gathered in the Horticulture Building at 2 pm on July 1st Canada Day.

The event was sponsored by the Chinese Heritage Centre at 397 Kent Street Ottawa.

Thank you for creating a truly magnificent fun event encouraging all to take part in, using drumming, the universal language to celebrate our country's birthday

For more info go to http://www.canada150drumming.com 

Video of Ottawa drummers: https://youtu.be/5uvc9Hgy8e0

Photos and videos by Lyse Cote 

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