Oct 24, 2019

By Christine Ross

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A group of GTA seniors gathers once a week, belting out tunes to prepare for their big music concert in the new year. These older singers are having a blast rocking out to a contemporary repertoire.

Anne Oucharek has been singing her whole life, and knows first hand the healing power of music. The 80-year-old has the lung disease C-O-P-D and her doctor told her singing is the best medicine to keep her lungs healthy. She  jokes being so busy practicing leaves little time for the housework! This Voice Rock Canada ensemble group was founded by Cheryl Bower, herself a life long singer, who wanted to help engage seniors in a safe community setting that’s fun.

Choir founder Cheryl Bower

This tight-knit group of 35 have only been together for two months but it’s pretty clear that under the direction of award winning musical director Anthony Bastianon, they’re having a blast. For more on the Voice Rock Canada group, or if you’d like to join, visit

Listen to Christine Ross’ report here.

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