Walking Melodies

8:00 – 9:30 pm | Sep 3rd
Outdoor Stage | šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square North of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Due to the pandemic, since 2020 all live performances were cancelled, but Tom still found a way to share his music through Youtube and social media. He has countless unforgettable memories. One of them is when he was playing “What a Wonderful World” for dementia patients, an old lady with severe dementia, who was crouching in the corner, stood up and danced to the tune with a man who was reading a newspaper beside her, shocking the doctors and the nurses present. Later the old man tearfully thanked Tom, saying this song was played at their wedding ceremony sixty years ago! To Tom, the moment that old lady stood up and danced is not only more meaningful than receiving a standing ovation in a concert hall, but also provided motivation for him to perform his Walking Melodies”.

In these tough times of an ongoing pandemic and social conflict, one man and his violin strive to bring joy to the people. Catch him along Granville Street during TAIWANfest as he performs his signature Walking Melodies”!

About the Artist

Performance 2022 TAIWANfest Vancouver Walking Melody

Tom Su

Violinist

Tom moved to Canada from Taiwan in 2003, and is currently serving as a violinist in the West Coast Symphony and Ensemble Harmonia in Vancouver.  As a musician, he keeps thinking: “Must the audience have to go to a concert hall to enjoy a performance? If you are physically challenged and unable to head to the venue, what can you do?” Therefore he became a volunteer in the Burnaby Hospital, playing his violin and comforting the sick and their families with theWalking Melodies”. 

He chooses the pieces depending on his audiences: in seniors’ care facilities, he plays oldies from the ‘40s to the ‘70s; in a Montreal children’s hospice, he plays Disney songs to lift their spirits; for victims of the Russo-Ukrainian War, he plays Ukrainian music to cheer for its brave people; when mourning for indigenous people who suffered in residential schools, he plays relevant music. 

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