As part of Corrections Service Canada’s Restorative Justice Week programme, the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Glenn Gould School String Quartet presented a recital in the gym at BCI Minimum Facility. It was attended by approximately 80 inmates, institution management, chaplains, and volunteers. Attendees included our Chairman, Mr. Bob Rae and his wife Arlene, our invaluable supporter Mr. Rob Oliphant MP, his parliamentary assistant Kevin Lemkay, our counsel from Miller Thomson, Mr. Andrew Valentine, and our partner and supporter, Mr. Frank Verni. Barry Shiffman, the inspirational founder of the quartet, presented a classical program, which included works of Bach, Pachabel, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and others.
Mr. Shiffman engaged in an interactive and inspirational dialogue about classical music with the audience, together with his young talented colleagues. The inmates’ responses were extremely positive. Following the music performance, they invited the musicians and volunteers to the chapel and treated all of us with cookies and tea. Conversations were struck, questions were raised and answered, and emotions were shared. Hope and optimism filled the air.