So another association I love is the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Imagine: a room full of artists and scientists, performers and health care professionals, all speaking the same language. It’s so crazy – and it works! If you’d like to rub elbows with the health care professionals who are caring for you as an artist, or if you’re someone who would like to learn more about where art and medicine meet, you should join us!
This year’s PAMA Toronto Regional meetingis coming up fast, and I’d love to see you there. The theme this year is “Fake It Until You Can’t Make It“, exploring all the ways artists feel pressured to work when they’re broken, whether it’s body or mind, and the toll it takes on the artist. We’ll hear stories from Phil Dwyer, world famous sax giant, talking about his battle with mental health and addiction issues, Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies) about his own struggles and the impact on his art, and Lol Tolhurst of the Cureand the demons that ultimately led to the demise of the band. You’ll get to attend workshops on topics related to keeping artists’ body and mind in synchrony under the pressures they face, and you’ll get to network with fellow artists and health care practitioners who are all focused on the health and well being of artists. I’ll be giving a workshop on breath support for mind and body; if you’ve ever wondered what “breathe from your diaphragm” REALLY means, come check out my session! It promises to be an amazing conference!
Here are the details:
PAMA Toronto Regional Meeting
February 11 – 12, 2017
University of Toronto Faculty of Music
Register here: http://www.artsmed.org/toronto-ontario-canada
Looking forward to seeing you there! Make sure you come say hi!