Pros and Cons produces original songs in prisons as a mentorship program focusing on rehabilitation and restorative justice.
“Lost” from the album “Undisclosed Location” was recorded inside Grand Valley Institution for Women and performed and written by the inmates. This music video was shot on location inside the prison.
We also present to you “Delicate Love,” a lead track from the collection about to be released from Joyceville Institution.
The Pros and Cons prison music program continues to grow. This year will see the release of a second album from Grand Valley Institute for Women, plus scores of tracks produced with the men in Joyceville.
The program will soon be announcing workshops in new institutions. Partnerships with The David Rockefeller Fund, Kingston Soundworks, Long and McQuade and Yamaha Canada are providing opportunities for inmates to develop skills in playing, writing, engineering and producing music.
All productions are given freely and anonymously, raising funds for restorative justice, education and victim support.
NOW Magazine: “…the first album made inside a Canadian federal women’s prison”March 21, 2018
570 News: Women’s prison in Kitchener releases music album in a Canadian firstMarch 13, 2018
CBC News: Women at Kitchener’s Grand Valley prison release first musical albumMarch 12, 2018
The Morning Edition K-W shares Lost, from Undisclosed LocationMarch 9, 2018
Undisclosed Location was recorded in 2017 and 2018 at Grand Valley Institution For Women. All the songs on this album were written and sung by inmates.
“It is said that it is easier to build children than to repair broken men; but who amongst us decides which of us is broken and unworthy of repair? ...I have built a foundation to securely walk on with the comfort and creativity of music. It has nurtured my soul, providing me with lessons of wisdom and understanding to pass on.”
— Lawrence Da Silva, former federal prisoner
Postcards From The County
...was recorded by men incarcerated in the Pittsburgh Institution near Kingston Ontario, Canada.
Music from Pros and Cons is given freely and anonymously.
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