At the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre – Canada’s largest homeless serving agency – a creative community of homeless Calgarians, caring staff members, volunteers, and professional artists are collaborating in a one of a kind initiative to write songs, share experiences, and transform the way stories are told. Stories of pain and joy, loneliness and love, turmoil and triumph.
Through the power of song, poetry, and music, this community of talented and caring men and women has discovered their collective voice wields great power. They are using it to communicate the sum of their heartache, hardship and perseverance with the world. And they’re doing it in a way that sheds new light on an ongoing issue that plagues communities everywhere – poverty, marginalization and homelessness.
Shelter From the Storm is about finding healing. It’s about breaking down the invisible walls that divide us. It’s about bringing people together. And it’s about discovering a path forward – with empathy and a mutual understanding of the valuable experiences each of us have to share.
Now in its second season, the Shelter From The Storm project has resulted in concert performances in partnership with Sled Island Music Festival, an ongoing web-series in partnership with TELUS, and 2 full length studio albums – Shelter From the Storm and the forthcoming Verses vs. Homelessness.
As this groundbreaking initiative continues to expand, we are excited for the possibilities that await this project in the months and years to come.