Why Do We Care About Syria?

Why Do We Care About Syria?


Why Do We Care About Syria?


We may have never been there, or even seen photos or videos, but people live there. It was a bustling modern country, until diplomatic reason was severed, and war took over. And, well, frankly, so many countries have been at war for so long, it simply doesn’t register anymore.

Life must go on, we have our own families and marginalized communities to support.As a result, it remains impossible to wrap our Canadian brains around the downfall of what was once such a spirited and ancient hub of intellect. We think, well that can’t happen here. It is so far away, Syria, and the people are so different from us that we can’t begin to relate to them.

Until little Alan washed up on the beach. This was the trigger, the tipping point, of a movement of many movements: immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter, environmental crises and many more. Maybe Arab Spring shook us out of our post - 9/11 Obama reverie. Certainly, the streaming of humanity seeking safer shores rang the alarm bells.

As a violinist and activist, little Alan was my trigger. I was driven to do something to help those fleeing unimaginable dangerous situations. I have offered to create a music concert, called Re-Sounding Harmony. This concert will raise funds designated for two families being sponsored by seven North Shore United Churches. Our team is called the North Shore Refugee Response Team. It is a team of passionate, talented and serving people, who are working tirelessly to prepare the way for our two exhausted families, still living in a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq. What joy for all of us when they finally re-unite with their extended families, who have already made a successful home in Canada.

To achieve the desired wow factor for this world musical event, I reached out to many old and new friends. Inspiringly, many heard my call and, without hesitation, joined the event.

It is natural for people to want to help others, especially if they just try it once, and see how easy it is to make a difference in somebody’s life. No-one need be lonely in this town. We need each other. We just have to open our eyes.

Musicians and artists are naturals for reaching out, as language is no longer the barrier. Artists tend to seek new ways of expression, and connecting with other cultures through forms of media and culture is a powerful way to grow as a human being.

The message of this afternoon’s North Shore event, Re-Sounding Harmony, is to encourage us to take a chance, that, through music that is unfamiliar to us, the harmony in each of us will resonate together, creating a foundation of hope for the community. It is within a community that listens to each other that hope can be born.  Music is a joyful vehicle for release of troubles, and for nurturing understanding and openness.


The diversity of the instruments represented at the concert are a metaphor for the diversity within our communities, and the music creates possibilities of communication that don’t present any barriers towards understanding each other. Music is the universal language.

This spectacular experience is being held at Lynn Valley United/Spiritual Center on Sunday April 2, 2017 at 3:00. This is a new building with acoustics that will add mesmerizing listening pleasure. From Indian and Syrian tanburs to a poignant movement from a late Beethoven string quartet, from a First Nations chant to a youth-at-risk Spoken Word artist, to children’s voices and fiddlers, the hope is that all come away with renewed hope, trust, and faith in our neighbours and communities.

Come celebrate with us! Please see the Events Page for ticket information.

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Alison about 1 year ago

Thank you Carolyn for bringing your energy to the creation of this event - looking forward to Sunday !

Carolyn Cole about 1 year ago

Thanks so much, Alison! Glad you are coming.