Lullabies of the world album launch

Montreal—November 10, 2009 - The Music Therapy team of The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) today launched its first collection of lullabies. The project was realized by music therapists Christelle Jacquet and Pascal Comeau and features 12 acoustic songs in eight different languages.

The album brings together a number of artists, each performing in their mother tongue, whether it’s French, English, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Czech, Yiddish or Arabic. They also share something of their cultural heritage with these special stories and songs which people from all over the world draw upon to help their little babies drift off to sleep. The album also includes three original compositions from Jennifer Rose Lapointe, Christine Steele and Christelle Jacquet.

The album can be heard on the MCH Web site at www.thechildren.com, and can be downloaded on zik.ca, Itunes and Puretracks. It is also available in CD format from the MCH Foundation’s online boutique (www.mchf.com), at Archambault retail locations on Berri St., at Place des Arts and in Laval.

Music therapists throughout the MUHC use the lullabies with their patients. What’s more, all the profits from the album will be used to finance the music therapists’ work at the MUHC. The service, which is greatly appreciated by patients at the MCH, is made entirely possible by donations to the MCH Foundation and the Simple Plan Foundation. The recording of the album was financed by an innovation bursary from the hospital.

Music therapy has been offered at The Montreal Children’s Hospital since 2002. It aims to improve the experience of a child’s hospital stay. Music has the ability to comfort children, reduce their anxiety, help them relax, stimulate their development or even allow them to express their emotions. Thanks to music therapy, hundreds of children have felt better, communicated better, experienced faster rehabilitation or just had a few happy moments during their hospital stay. Purchasing up a copy of Lullabies of the World will provide a generous donation and help this team do its important work.

The Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH) is the pediatric teaching hospital of the McGill University Health Centre and is affiliated with McGill University. The MCH is a leader in providing a broad spectrum of highly specialized care to newborns, children, and adolescents from across Quebec. Our areas of medical expertise include programs in brain development/behaviour, cardiovascular sciences, critical care, medical genetics and oncology, tertiary medical and surgical services, and trauma care. Fully bilingual, the hospital also promotes multiculturalism and serves an increasingly diverse community in more than 50 languages. The Montreal Children's Hospital sets itself apart with its team approach to innovative patient care. Our health professionals and staff are dedicated to ensuring children and their families receive exceptional health care in a friendly and supportive environment.

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programmes, research, teaching and technology evaluation. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University: the Montreal Children’s, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological hospitals and Institute, and the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the healthcare field and to contribute to the development of new knowledge. www.muhc.ca

Clips of the MCH music therapists at work are available on request. Please visit http://www.thechildren.com/en/music_therapy.aspx to download pictures, listen to excerpts and buy the album.

For more information, contact:

Denisse Campos
Public Relations and Communications
The Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC
514-412-4400, ext. 22742