Marco the Musician’s engaging performance attracted several residents who usually don’t attend programming
Garden Terrace recently welcomed back Marco the Musician, a fan-favourite entertainer among residents, who delivered an hour-long performance at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home.
One of the benefits of having Marco back at Garden Terrace was that his appearance encouraged several residents who normally do not attend programming to stop by and take in the performance, says Rachael King, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.
“Everyone seemed very happy and engaged,” she tells The OMNIway, “and people who usually don’t attend programming came out, so there were some new resident faces there.”
Marco plays a wide variety of tunes residents love, but his specialty is Spanish music, Rachael says.
During his March 24 performance, Marco played some Spanish songs for the residents which prompted a few to stand up and start dancing, she adds, noting Marco brings out the festive spirit in residents.
“Marco is one of the crowd favourites,” Rachael says. “He will play anything – he will play Spanish music, but then he will play other music with a Spanish twist and he will sing in English and in Spanish.”
About 25 people in total attended the event, including some who particularly liked the Spanish theme of many of Marco’s songs.
“There are a few Spanish residents who really enjoyed it,” Rachael says.
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