Striking the right note

Genevive Fisher

Canadian Country star Genevieve Fisher serenades staff and physicians at St. Joseph’s with a virtual concert in support of employee giving campaign, Share the Spirit. 

Thank you to Canadian Country star Genevieve Fisher for providing an exclusive, one-of-a-kind virtual concert on Nov. 9 for St. Joseph’s staff and physicians in support of this year’s Share the Spirit Campaign.

St. Joseph’s annual employee giving campaign, Share the Spirit, is one way in which we actively work to pursue our mission: to advocate and care for those who are vulnerable and without a voice. Donations made through this campaign give staff and physicians the opportunity to support St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, United Way Elgin Middlesex or both, helping to improve the lives of people in our community.

London born Genevieve Fisher has earned six top 50 national country radio hits. Her recent releases, "Take It On Home" and "You Me We" climbed into Canada's top 20 and top 30 respectively. Genevieve has earned recognition within the Canadian Country Music scene by earning Female Artist of the Year nominations at the 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Country Music Association of Ontario Music Awards.

We recently chatted with Genevieve to learn more about why she was thrilled to lend her talents and voice to help support a community that is close to her heart. Read her interview below:

Q: What made you decide to get involved with St. Joseph’s Share the Spirit Campaign?

A: I have always loved getting involved with local charities, fundraisers and events. I find it so rewarding to give back through music, especially during a time like this. I love that the Share the Spirit campaign is so community focused!

Q:  Through the pandemic, some artists have been lending their time and talent to champion important causes.  The Share the Spirit Campaign supports both the United Way Elgin Middlesex and the St. Joseph’s Health Care London Foundation, why is it important for artists to reach out during this difficult time?

A: This has been a difficult time for many individuals and I feel that music, specifically, has a way of connecting people of all ages. Artists reaching out and lending their talent during these uncertain times can not only help foundations such as these, but can potentially help people personally get through these tough moments in life.

Q: How are you coping during the pandemic? What has been your silver lining?

This has most definitely been an extremely tough year for not only me but many artists. For myself, I thrive on seeing fans in the audience and meeting them after shows. In saying that, I have been doing my best to keep myself busy with writing and recording from home and I have also had the opportunity to get involved with online performances. But I will say, spending time with my husband and my dog Lyla has been my silver lining. We spend a lot of our time out in nature and doing projects at home. Trying to make the best of these times.

Q: It’s been said that music can help people cope and bring joy during uncertain times.  Do you agree?

Yes, absolutely music brings joy during uncertain times. Music has a way of bringing out many different emotions in people. It’s storytelling but with a melody. No matter what mood you are in, music can always be there to lend a hand. Listening to music can help transport you and for a moment in time you can let go of what has been on your mind. 

Q.  Were you born in London?  How is the London community important to you?

A: Yes, I was born and raised in London; it will forever and always be home to me. London holds a special place in my heart as it is where my love for music began and I have always received so much support from my community. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this wonderful campaign. I am so excited to be a part of it! 

St. Joseph’s Share the Spirit campaign officially wrapped up Nov. 10. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s campaign and to Genevieve Fisher for supporting our community, including many of the patients we serve.

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