12-year-old Cochlear Implant musician in tune with Vancouver culture

Inspired by their love for Vancouver, Alexander and Romeo co-wrote the Vancouver Song together — an accomplishment all the more impressive since Alexander was born deaf.

He received a cochlear implant when he was three and began to learn speech and language. Later in Alexander's life, Romeo bought a synthesiser with the hope that Alexander would become curious about music.

"We contemplated piano but I didn't want to force him, it would have been the last thing I wanted to do," said Romeo. "The idea was to inspire Alex, to find ways to introduce him to music."

"It was frustrating," said Alexander, speaking about his first days at the piano. "But it's a great experience and I do really enjoy piano."

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