The Mysterious Barricades Concert Society

Imagine a day…

when music - performed by some of Canada’s top musicians - is showcased in a day-long concert that begins at sunrise in St John’s and ends at sunset in Victoria, taking place in 15 concert halls across the country.

Imagine a day…

when, as the first rays of sunlight grace Cape Spear, a lone trumpet starts to play. First Light Brings New Beginning, a specially commissioned piece which heralds Canada’s dawn with the day’s first flickers of musical hope.

Imagine a day…

when this epic concert is free to attend and to enjoy not only live and in person, but - via the internet - live-streaming to anyone around the world who wishes to hear it in part or in its entirety.

Imagine a day…

that this music – which is a donation of time and talent from each extraordinary musician – is performed solely for the purpose of providing healing and connection to those who are affected by suicide, either in surviving a loss or in dealing with their own mental health issues.

Imagine a day…

when politicians, community figures and ordinary Canadians stand up and speak up about mental health and suicide, in an effort to reduce stigma and provide support.

Imagine a day…

when our country and our world is connected by this extraordinary musical and human event.

Imagine a day…

when this day long musical event is tied together with a powerful musical theme, a composition of intricate genius which is a reflection of the complexities of the human mind and spirit.

That theme is Mysterious Barricades.

And that day has happened. Three times now.

It is the Mysterious Barricades Cross Country Concert for Suicide Awareness and Prevention.

And that day is coming again on September 14, 2019

Last Year’s Contributing Artists (2018)

To become more open and accepting of mental illness, a substantial conversation must take place. I want to herald in that conversation with music—loud, glorious, positive and far-reaching, deeply reverberating and connective. Beth Turnbull

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