By Sarah Klein
A cross-Canada bike tour leaving from Vancouver on July 1 will benefit the construction of the new Canadian Centre for Music and Classroom Therapy in Winnipeg.
The tour will also seek to raise awareness of the centre’s mission to use music for the clinical treatment of a wide range of medical issues, particularly autism.
The president of A Joyful Noise School of Music, Charles Lage, will be riding himself in support of the non-profit facility, which will provide intensive musical therapy and classroom instruction in social and cognitive skills for all Canadians. “We are only beginning to understand the tremendous therapeutic power of music,” said Lage.
Lage is an adult survivor of autism and currently lives in Hazelridge, Manitoba, about 30 km east of Winnipeg.
The centre will also include research facilities to advance the clinical understanding of how music can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
Donations to support the bike tour can be made online.