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Serena Ryder on the healing power of music

Backstage at WE Day Vancouver, the Juno Award–winning artist talks about the role music has played in her journey to positive mental well-being and the importance of sharing our stories.

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WE DAY

Serena Ryder on the healing power of music

Backstage at WE Day Vancouver, the Juno Award–winning artist talks about the role music has played in her journey to positive mental well-being and the importance of sharing our stories.

BY ZOE DEMARCO

When bare words failed, music was always there for Serena Ryder. As a pre-teen, she filled her diary with poems instead of secrets. With the gift of her first guitar at 13, the song lyrics started flowing. And as a young adult, music, and the community it creates, are what pulled her out from the depths of depression.

“I felt so alone in … people weren’t comfortable speaking about their feelings,” recalls the Juno winner of those darker days, backstage at WE Day Vancouver. That’s why Ryder, now 37, loudly, and bravely, shares her story with fans today. Poignantly aware of the healing powers of music— “I know that it is medicine”—Ryder is invested in the transformative effects her songs can have on fans.

Taking a break from the spotlight, Ryder sits down for an intimate discussion about maintaining positive well-being, and why as a society we should talk more openly about mental health.

Zoe Demarco
Zoe Demarco
Zoe Demarco

Zoe Demarco is a writer and production manager for WE Stories. A third generation journalist, she has a natural curiosity for other people’s lives.