The CPR Rap

Happy Heart Month, everyone!

As a former CPR instructor, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to get you to brush up on your CPR skillz with this sweet-ass rap video!

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Here’s the story behind it:

I was watching my son play in the sandbox one day when I started to think up these dorky rap lyrics (it’s not the first time it’s happened, and it probably won’t be the last).

Later that week I had beers with my friend (and Canadian Comedy Award winning comic) Sara Hennesey and rapped it to her at the bar. This was her reaction:


Sara contacted her friend Jeremy Mersereau, who recorded it my vocals in his living room, laid down some sweet beats and added that awesome guitar riff (it’s actually from “All I Need is The Air That I Breathe” by the Hollies. You see what he did there?).  The intro voice is from an old educational video about CPR. Probably this guy:


Sara then got her filmmaker friend Tristan Gough to direct and put a call out to her comic friends, asking them who wanted to donate their time to get dressed in silly costumes and be in a CPR rap video.

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So now I get to watch this video and recognize all these incredibly successful and talented people who agreed to spend a day FREEZING their butts off in the alley behind my house in exchange for some Tim Hortons coffee and bagels.


Who says that Canadian talent is underpaid?

(Torontonians – look for Dawn Whitwell, Helder Brum, Stephanie Kaliner, Todd Graham, Dan Galea and Phil Luzi)


About -22 degrees celcius that day.

The CPR manikin actually completely froze and therefore the compression shot didn’t really happen.

But you get the point. This is how you save a life, yo!




By | 2018-05-12T21:33:08+00:00 February 7th, 2016|Community, Education, Uncategorized, Video|

About the Author:

Oonagh Duncan is a multi-award winning personal trainer and regular fitness expert on various media. She’s an acclaimed speaker in the corporate sector, educator for new fitness professionals and founder of Fit Feels Good, Inc.


  1. Daddo February 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Great rap Oonagh. Makes me almost want to have a medical emergency.

  2. Elizabeth King February 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Great rap video. The info should stick with us after that. Might have to watch it one more time.

    • Oonagh February 13, 2016 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Elizabeth! (One more time should do the trick. 🙂

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