ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
Metalworks Studios

Metalworks Studios

May 28, 2009 09:00 ET

ErinoakKids Rock Band Records CD at Metalworks Studio

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - The dream of a lifetime is about to come true for a band of young men, some of them coping with disabilities: the release of their unique band's first CD, Let It Ride, recorded at Canada's world-class Metalworks Studios. The band SUPERFIRE, combining the talents of ErinoakKids clients and volunteers, is out to prove that abilities, not disabilities, are what count in rock.

"This is the culmination of all their hard work," said William Murray, Music Therapist at ErinoakKids. Murray put the band together in 2007 after some of his young clients voiced their passion for rock. With equipment donated by musical instruments company Long and McQuade, the band got rocking. Now, with their new CD ready to launch in a benefit bash June 4 at Mississauga's Fox and Fiddle pub, they're really rolling. "Things really lucked out for the band when we got the go-ahead to record at a top studio like Metalworks."

Metalworks rocks, Superfire rolls

Metalworks has a rep, all right: It's Canada's powerhouse studio. Launched 30 years ago by the legendary Canadian supergroup, Triumph, Metalworks Studios is now a name-brand facility with worldwide recognition. SUPERFIRE hails from ErinoakKids, which is Ontario's largest Children's Treatment Centre (CTC), serving almost 9,000 young clients in Peel, Halton, Dufferin and, for some of its programs, Wellington and Waterloo. Many of its clients have significant challenges, including cerebral palsy, traumatic injury and other medical diagnoses. Among its programs is the unique ErinoakKids Music Therapy program.

Why so unique? Because full-time music therapists like William Murray are still rarities in this special field of health care. "Not a lot of CTCs have music therapy programs," Murray says. "It's pretty forward-thinking, and ErinoakKids is ahead of the curve. All CTCs will likely have this in five or 10 years."

Special benefits of music therapy

Yet the benefits of music therapy are huge, including improved fine motor skills, improved social skills and the priceless self-confidence that comes from finding a place to belong in a peer group. Said Will Wester, father of SUPERFIRE guitarist Kyle Wester: "It's incredible because he's part of something now. Before he was unable to be part of anything because of his disability. Now he can be." Adds drummer Jeffrey Letarte: "I was born to be a rocker."

SUPERFIRE sponsors include Metalworks Studios, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Long and McQuade, and the Fox and Fiddle pub, which is committed to promoting local talent. That's why the official launch of Let It Ride takes place on Thursday, June 4 at the Fox and Fiddle, 3055 Dundas Street West in Mississauga.

Also featured: The Rolling Tones (the ErinoakKids 'switch band,' which uses special technology to help the performers make their music), and an opening acoustic set by Lisa Perrenoud, sister of Superfire front man and lead singer Jamie. Also on the ticket: homegrown Canadian talent Walk Off The Earth and December Flood.

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