Manitoba

Musician Sheena Grobb launches Living Compassion Project

An unexpected act of kindness for Winnipeg musician Sheena Grobb has prompted her to not just produce a new album, but to launch an online collection of people's inspiring moments.

Musician Sheena Grobb launches Living Compassion Project

CBC News: Winnipeg at 6:00

6 years agoVideo
1:59
An unexpected act of kindness for Winnipeg musician Sheena Grobb has prompted her to not just produce a new album, but to launch an online collection of people's inspiring moments. 1:59

An unexpected act of kindness for Winnipeg musician Sheena Grobb has prompted her to not just produce a new album, but to launch an online collection of people's inspiring moments.

The Living Compassion Project will be launched during Grobb's album release show this Sunday at the West End Cultural Centre.

Grobb says the kind gesture that prompted both the album and the online project came at a critical time in her life.

About eight years ago, when she was 22 years old, Grobb experienced a terrifying flare-up of multiple sclerosis that threatened to take away her mobility and silence her music career.

"I woke up one morning and I couldn't feel the left side of my body, and my whole life changed that morning," she told CBC News on Thursday.

Sheena Grobb is launching The Living Compassion Project along with her new album, The Breakless Heart, this Sunday at the West End Cultural Centre. (Katie Nicholson/CBC)
"My heart was broken. I felt like this was the beginning of the end of something that I identified as being part of who I was…. It definitely felt like a part of me was starting to die."

Grobb slowly recovered, changing her lifestyle and diet in the process. But with her health in the balance, she wondered if she should give up her music.

Then, she received a call from Les and Terry Wiens, who wanted to help fund her next album.

"It felt like there was this force just lifting me out of where I was, and they had no idea. They were, you know, essentially strangers to me," she said.

The pair's gesture inspired Grobb, now 30, to start The Living Compassion Project, which is an online collection of people's inspirational moments from around the world.

"What Sheena brings to the world and the story that she tells through her music … I've seen the impact of that on people," said Julie Epp, Grobb's producing partner.

"I think it felt like a natural thing to start inviting other people to share their stories."

Grobb and Epp said in sharing those stories, they hope to inspire others to carry out their own acts of kindness and compassion.

now