Monday October 2 2017

Songs From The Willow – A Music-Making Workshop Series

The Willow Community and The Niagara Song Project are proud to announce the launch of Songs From The Willow, a music-making workshop series for consumers of mental health and addiction services.  Workshops will focus on the complete process of making an “album” of music: from lyric writing, to music composing, to album packaging art, to music recording, to organizing an album release party, to social media marketing.  All skills and art forms will be explored, making this a very inclusive and accessible series.

Open to the Niagara Region Community and The Willow Community’s membership, this series hopes to inspire creativity, community, empowerment, collaboration, and healing within the participants. TWC and TNSP hope to reduce the stigma that comes with mental illness and addiction recovery by showing that this distinct population can create meaningful and relevant art.

Workshops will take place at Rodman Hall Art Centre and Niagara Artists Centre in St. Catharines, and will run from December 2017 to July 2018.

The Willow Community, based in St. Catharines Ontario, provides free arts training to consumers of mental health and addiction services in the Niagara region. They aim to connect their members to the vibrant arts community in Niagara through various collaborations and showcases. TWC hopes to increase the public’s’ awareness of mental health by emphasizing through various artistic forums how the creative process flourishes within many persons receiving mental health and addiction services.

The Niagara Song Project, led by award winning music producer and educator Joe Lapinski (St. Catharines Ontario), aims to teach people of all kinds the pure joy of making and writing music, as well as all the skills that go along with making an “album” of songs.


START DATE: December 13 2017

END DATE: July 2018

SCHEDULE: visit for a full schedule


For scheduling questions, contact:

Shauna MacLeod



For all other inquiries, contact:

Joe Lapinski




The Willow Community Support Services – The Niagara Song Project – Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University – Niagara Artists Centre – WOW! Recording Studio & Creative Music Space

This project is partially made possible by the Ontario Arts Council:

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