Police Escort!

Vancouver Police
Motorcycle Drill Team

Unique to the Music Therapy Ride from its inception: a presidential motorcycle escort through downtown Vancouver to Whistler BC, courtesy of The Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team.  An eye catching safety and security measure that is a treat for the riders and onlookers alike!


The Music Therapy Ride (MTR) is a local charity event that brings together prominent members of Vancouver’s music industry, music therapists and supporters—all sharing the commitment to provide crucial services, programs and equipment to those most in need. Since 2001, MTR has raised more than $1 million enabling the delivery of 24 music therapy programs and the production of 11 Bandwagons—innovative mobile recording studios used by therapists at care facilities including B.C. Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

MTR has enjoyed support from many sectors of the community. Key partners include The Vancouver Police Department’s Motorcycle Drill Team, who have provided a presidential escort from Vancouver to Whistler over the past eleven years; Edgewater Casino, Great Canadian Casino, who have generously provided breakfast the morning of the ride and a departure point from one of their casino properties; Vancouver International Motorsports; Barnes Harley Davidson, Carter Motorsports; Trev Deeley Harley Davidson and a host of community sponsors.

Past celebrity guests have included Colin James, Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson, Jann Arden, Brent Butt, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace, The Simmons Family, and many more.

The 15th Annual  Music Therapy Ride raised over $170,000 on Saturday, September 17th, rolling down the Sea-To-Sky highway, from the Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby to Dusty’s Creekside in Whistler. For the 15th year in succession, the Vancouver Motorcycle Police Drill Team provided a presidential escort for the excursion. MTR is proud to have raised over $1 Million in this time. 

Funded Programs

  • BC Children’s Hospital
    Location: Vancouver | MT: Carol W
  • West Coast Alternate High School & Eagle High:
    Youth with FASD and Youth at Risk

    Location: Vancouver | MT: Caitriona Murphy
  • George Pearson Centre:
    Residential care for adults with disabilities

    Location: Vancouver | MT: Laura Unger
  • “Integrated Rockband” Program: Youth with
    Autism Spectrum Disorder and their peers

    Location: Burnaby | MT: Don Hardy
  • Tabor Village: Long Term Care plus family and staff
    Location: Abbottsford | MT: Sheila Harry
  • Fraser Heights Secondary School:
    Youth with disabilities

    Location: Surrey | MT: Sheila Lee
  • North Shore Neighbourhood House:
    Youth living with Grief and Loss

    Location: North Vancouver | MT: Carolyn Neapole
  • Mosaic Learning Society: Students 9–19yrs old
    with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Location: Victoria | MTs: Katherine Dennison & Nejama Ferstman
  • Beacon Hill Villa:
    Residential care for adults with disabilities

    Location: Victoria | MT: Oona Jean, contracted by The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM)
  • Saanich Peninsula Hospital: Extended care,
    acute & transitional adult care, palliative care

    Location: Saanichton | Mts: Maryann Burrows & Kirsten Davis Slamet (contracted by the VCM)
  • The Gardens at Qualicum Beach: Long Term Care
    Location: Qualicum Beach | MT: Stephanie Martyn
  • Glacier View Lodge: Long term care
    Location: Courtenay | MT: Nicole Burgess
  • Shuswap Middle School: Youth age 12-14yrs
    with disabilities and their peers

    Location: Salmon Arm | MT: Roxy Roth
  • Salmon Arm Secondary School: Youth age 15-18yrs with disabilities and their peers
    Location: Salmon Arm | MT: Larry Keats
  • Rosewood Manor: adults with dementia
    Location: Richmond | Mts: Mara Salter, Eva Wong<
  • The Arts Connection: Children & Youth age 10-14yrs, with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Location: Richmond | MT: Amelia Koebel
  • Carson Graham Secondary School:
    Youth with disabilities

    Location: North Vancouver | MT: Michaela Wallis (contracted by ET Music Therapy)
  • Ronald MacDonald House: Residential centre for sick children attending BC Children's Hospital, and their families
    Location: Vancouver | MT: Laura Hastings
  • Seton Villa: Housing for low income seniors
    Location: Burnaby | MT: Melody Owen
  • Phoenix Addiction Treatment Centre:
    Adults with addictions

    Location: Surrey | MT: Felicia Wall

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