Placentia was gifted a wonderful impromptu visit this September by award-winning globetrotting recording artist, teacher and professional concert harpist Gianetta Baril. Ms. Baril decided to turn the covid pandemic into a blessing for the world when she converted a van into a self-contained rolling home/concert hall with her giant harp — stopping wherever people were in need of hope and inspiration. Her very last planned performance was in the 1908 St. Luke’s Anglican Church (now St. Luke’s Cultural Heritage Centre) before she boarded the Marine Atlantic ferry next morning to begin her return trip back west to her home.
Ms. Baril set out from Calgary on April 21st on the road in a brand new Ford Transit van playing covid-safe events at seniors residences, hospitals, schools, in parks and beside private homes.
It all started as an idea sparked by the pandemic. Between the suffering and struggle, I saw an opportunity to bring people together and ignite moments with music. So for the next couple of years, I am travelling across the country – and eventually the continent – with my harp, Amadei.” commented Gianetta.