Since 2018 John Baker and Wes Grove, the co-founders of Mobile Arts Programming (MAP), have brought the magic of music production to patients at CAMH.
Before the pandemic, the pair would visit four to five units a week and set up a small mobile recording studio, so patients like Delroy can write and record music.
“I am here to be better. You could be in a bad mood and this could inspire your mood. Even if I am in a bad mood, I will make a tune out of it,” says Delroy.
“It inspires me and keeps me focused.”
MAP originally began as a weekly volunteer program; however, it became so popular with patients that Gifts of Light (GOL) started funding it in order to have John and Wes dedicate more time to patients and increase the amount of sessions offered.
Since its inception more than 1,100 patients have participated in the weekly program, which explores various aspects of song writing as a way to expand creative capacity and healthy forms of self-expression in the genre of their choice. All skill levels are welcome and being technically proficient at music is not mandatory.
As John and Wes continued their mission to “provide music programming for folks who wouldn't otherwise have access to it,” patients steadily joined them every week.