Comfort and Joy

An evening of carols, community, and candlelight.

On Friday, December 21st at 7 p.m. at Studio 96, come in from the cold for some “Comfort and Joy.” Wrap your chilly fingers around a mug of hot cider and gather round for an evening of carols, community, and candlelight, sponsored by e4c, the Wellness Network, and Studio 96.

These days, where can we go to sing together? Yes, you can audition and join a choir or belt your heart out in the shower, but what about singing with friends and neighbours, accompanied by a piano or a guitar, just for the pure joy of it? Not too many places, until now.

At “Comfort and Joy,” you will take part in a musical happening! Bask in candlelight as musicians perform, then join in as everyone sings carols and seasonal songs together.

Singing together is a fabulous way of building community, of restoring our web of connection in a fragmented world. When we come together for the shared purpose of singing and making new friends through song, we build bridges of acceptance, compassion, and joy. Regardless of musical background, we can all join our voices in song and create magic together.

Besides, singing is good for you: choral singing calms the heart and boosts endorphin levels. It improves lung function. It increases pain thresholds and reduces the need for pain medication. It also seems to improve our outlook, boosting mood and self-esteem while alleviating feelings of stress and depression. Group singing is one of the most ancient and original “technologies of belonging” that humans have been using since the earliest times. Singing together is a powerful way to connect with others, and a great way to reduce the negative effects of loneliness and isolation that are often magnified at this time of year. Research has shown that this sense of connection happens on a biological level – that when people sing together in a group, “their heartbeats actually sync up“https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-23230411!

All are welcome at “Comfort and Joy.” Please join us to sing the chilly darkness away!

All event details available at www.facebook.com/e4cwellness or from krambow@e4calberta.org.

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