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Violinist performs for grandmother quarantined in Mississauga retirement home

Viera Zmiyiwsky normally visits her 94-year-old grandmother multiple times a week at Ivan Franko Home in Mississauga.The violinist wanted to do something special for her grandma, so she planned a performance for her and ended up with a bigger audience than she expected.

94-year-old Anna Zmiyiwsky was moved to tears by the gesture, many other residents joined to watch

Anna Zmiyiwsky (right), says her granddaughter Viera Zmiyiwsky (left) is more like a daughter to her. Viera misses visiting her grandma, so she gave her the gift of music in an effort to make her smile. (Submitted/Viera Zmiyiwsky )

It hasn't been easy for an inseparable grandmother and granddaughter over the last couple of weeks.

Viera Zmiyiwsky normally visits her 94-year-old grandma, Anna, multiple times a week.

The retirement residence Ivan Franko Home in Mississauga isn't accepting visitors to protect the seniors from COVID-19. 

Viera wanted to do something special for her grandmother to lift her spirits, so she planned a performance for her, selecting music that they listened to on records together when she was a child.

The moment brought them both to tears, and Viera ended up with a much bigger audience than she anticipated.

WATCH | Viera Zmiyiwsky planned a surprise violin performance for her grandma 

Viera Zmiyiwsky planned a surprise violin performance for her grandma who is quarantined in her retirement home, but she ended up with a bigger audience than expected. 1:56

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Talia Ricci is a CBC reporter based in Toronto. She's from Guelph and has also reported in London and Winnipeg. From the Middle East to West Africa, Talia has travelled around the globe volunteering and photographing. She enjoys covering offbeat human interest stories and exposing social justice issues. When she's not reporting, you can find Talia creating recipes for her plant based food blog.