Skip to main content

You are viewing an archived event from a previous year.

Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Grand Rounds in Conversation


Interdisciplinary Music Performance Storytelling Theatre
Email Save QR code

Date and time


Saint-Vincent Hospital (Bruyere)

Ottawa, ON



Offered in English.


Over the summer, Bruyère's two long-term care homes, Élisabeth Bruyère Residence and Saint-Louis Residence, have been venues for a stellar array of musicians, storytellers, poets, and actors through a program called Unmasked Connections. Accessing an online artist directory, residents and family members are given the opportunity to choose an artist they are interested in, and treated to personal, one-on-one, interactive virtual concerts.

At Ground Rounds in Conversation, learn more about the impetus, development, and impact of Unmasked Connections in an online panel discussion. Meet Therapeutic Recreational Coordinator, Kim Durst-Mackenzie, two residents who have enjoyed the program, Jennifer Vallance a popular participating artist, and Rebecca Macdonald, a research student who has been involved in the project since the beginning. Hear inspiring stories of the connections between residents and artists.

The panel discussion will also feature Diane Meschino a psychiatrist from Sanokondu, a multi-national community of practice invested in healthcare leadership education.

Radical Connections gratefully acknowledges the support of Eldercare Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.



Radical Connections

We improve care and strengthen communities by bringing artists and people in healthcare together.

Wellness, for all, involves the opportunity to play, create and make choices. People in care need those same opportunities. Participation in the arts brings joy and connection; it demonstrates that people receiving care are much more than their medical conditions.

Elder care needs radical transformation. We ensure that aging is a time when people can share their wisdom and enjoy arts and culture.

People experiencing mental or physical distress should be surrounded by healing environments. We will bring meaningful sonic, visual, literary or movement-based arts into hospitals and care settings either virtually or in person.

True creative participation humanizes care by celebrating a diversity of individuals, cultures, abilities, and communities. Connecting arts and health improves quality of life for residents, patients, visitors, and everyone working in healthcare.


This event is part of a hub:

Grand Rounds in the Atrium at Saint-Vincent Hospital

Radical Connections Ottawa, ON

At Radical Connections and Bruyère, we believe participation in the arts should be a standard aspect of healing and wellness. During Grand Rounds at Saint-Vincent Hospital (SVH), visitors will get a chance to sample the art and artists offe...