When medics are not on duty saving lives, they often find comfort in music. Many of the paramedics in the Greater Toronto Area moonlight as musicians, and on Sunday March 5, 2017, the inaugural Artists in the Ambulance event showcased local first responders’ musical talents in a spectacular collaborative event. Paramedics from various areas in the Toronto, Halton, Guelph, York and Peel regions gathered at 3030 Dundas St. West to perform in a combination of solo acts, duos and band performances.
Highlights from the first ever event included guest incentives such as raffle draws, prizes and of course, live music from our medics. Some first responders who took to the stage included Mary Kate Terepka from Peel region, Noah Solomon from Guelph, and the band, “Crooked House Road,” from Toronto.
Additionally, Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale – High Park, was in attendance and joined in on the festivities.
The musical event was sponsored by OPSEU Local 277 Paramedics, and conceptualized by Toronto paramedic Mike Greene.
The efforts of the March 5th event benefit the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, which supports first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).