Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an evidence-based health profession in which a supportive client-therapist relationship is combined with music to promote emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health.  Street-based sex workers can engage in a range of musical experiences, allowing them to express themselves in a way that transcends words; engage in therapeutic conversation using music as a tool; build meaningful connections with peers; collaboratively work on coping skills; work on projects with long term goals; and rest, re-centre and ground themselves.  Music therapy groups and one-on-one sessions occur several times a week, both at the drop-in centre and in the community.

Musical experiences can include:

  • Song-Sharing Circles, where women share songs of strength or hope followed by discussion
  • Karaoke, where women can sing with each other and connect over their favourite music
  • Music Bingo, where participants can listen, sing, reminisce, socialize and have fun with one another (while winning prizes!)
  • Drumming Groups, where the use of drums might ground participants and offer strong group connection, in partnership with our Aboriginal Health and Safety Program
  • Song-Writing Support, where participants can receive support with song writing skills and have access to basic recording equipment to record the song on site
  • Relaxation Groups, where participants can come rest and re-centre with the use of resonant instruments and basic mindfulness
  • Jams, where participants can play a new instrument and join together in music-making
  • One-on-one sessions or lessons

“The music really helps us. We have a lot of worries and thoughts and the music lifts that energy.”

— Participant

“Being loud together feels so good. Think of the oxytocin we’re releasing! Even if we sound like jackasses, we’re laughing and people outside are laughing too!”

– Participant

Generously funded by:
Music Heals Canada
MakeWay (formerly Tides Canada) – Dr. Bik May Wai & Dr. Chung Nim Lam Endowment Fund
TD Bank

What's Happening

Group Music Therapy:

Sundays 6pm-8:30pm


Friday Evenings 6pm-8:30pm

Sundays 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Every other Saturday 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Every other Saturday 6:30pm – 8:30pm

One on One Music Therapy/Music Lessons:

Available on request at the Drop-In Centre (at this time, we cannot offer one-to-one sessions within the community)

Takes place in the respite area in the back of the building (pending weather) or the learning centre within the Drop-In Centre, 330 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Instruments available:

  • Electric Keyboard
  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitars
  • Shakers
  • Violin
  • Djembe

Program Partners:

Capilano University Music Therapy Program
Music Heals Canada
Allegra Chamber Orchestra