What our gift recipients say about us
“ Your story of resilience and personal strength resonated with a lot of us. Some of us also lost our friends and family at our lowest point in life. People that are in need of emotional support find strength when the community reaches out to help those whose preconditioned thoughts and self-defeating attitudes that rose out of ignorance shackle.”
“Thought classical music was for the weirdos and old people. But afterwards I felt it was beautiful music that anybody can listen to”
“The entire evening took me out of prison – it removed any stress I had – it made me want to be free, to be around pro-social people and entertainment instead of strip bars, hotels with pool tables….”
“Classical music is okay to hear on the radio and this is the first time hearing it live and it was fantastic!”
“”I didn’t appreciate this type of music until I had the opportunity to appreciate it in person”
The program was amazing. The music made me feel accepted again. This mission of love is so important and appreciated. I loved every minute of it.
“ I never liked classical music prior to hearing Looking at the Stars.. this event has changed my taste…”
I played the cello in high school… a long time ago. I let my passion for classical music slip away. Hearing your recital today has rekindled my appreciation…
“It’s a powerful feeling, when someone sees the good in you…it encourages you to want greatness for yourself”.
“You truly bring the Stars inside by your compassion for humanity and the reconnection it brings us from outside as well as the latent rehabilitative element it provides”.
“This concert took me back to some of the best times in my life and some of the most beautiful places I’ve been. It rekindled my desire to create better communities as I once did. Absolutely transforming! Inspirational!”
“I was open to it, I normally seen it in malls whilst shopping. I never spoke to the entertainers and that was pleasant as as well as informative. Hearing the music live instead of a CD was astonishing.”
“…a full week later a group of men sat in Lifer’s Office and discussed what we experienced; what was for many of us a truly once in a lifetime experience. About 30 minutes into the discussion I pointed out to the men, that we have just been engaged in a meaningful, intelligent and inspirational conversation… I challenged everyone present to think of the last time they had actually done that in a penitentiary setting. Collectively no one could recall having been moved in that manner and then being open and honest enough to share it with a group of men.”
“…after twenty-two years of incarceration.. your efforts inspire in me – an most likely all of us who have attended your events – a passion to be better than I have ever been; to work harder to be a productive and caring person. Thank you for such precious experiences”
“ …I was able to close my eyes and feel safe, it took me to a comfort zone rarely experienced in prison”
“It made me feel very hopeful about the future”
“I am not really into classical music. ….but it was really enjoyable”
“I never really listened to it before tonight. I may have heard it in elevators….listening and seeing this live opened me to music. Not just the music but the meditation state it put me in”.
“I thought classical music was boring, but after thee event… I am a convert”.
“For a moment during the concert I felt free, I did not feel that I was in jail, I felt amazing. What a great feeling this event made me feel”.
“As you might imagine, there was some skepticism among inmates leading up to the date of your performance. None of the inmates at Beaver Creek Minimum could have imagined how great and beautiful this experience was going to be.”
The Correctional Service Canada recognizes the benefit of community engagement in facilitating offenders’ successful transition to society. Partnerships with community organizations such as yours are fundamental to a more effective and safe return of offenders back to the community as law abiding citizens.
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The music made me feel extraordinarily special.
[Music] does make people feel better especially in a place like this where we often feel rejected by outsiders.
On behalf of all of Baycrest I would like to that you for bringing Lukas and his music to us for the December concert. I know the clients were “wowed” by his talent, as were families and our staff.
For the first time in a long time, I felt like a human being.
I enjoyed today’s program as did all the audience, who were totally quiet, indicating their interest and enjoyment.
Yes! Music was soul lifting! Can this be broadcast to all Atrium TVs in the future?
This is a miracle happening.