The CPR Rap

The CPR Rap
February 7, 2016 Oonagh

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!




Fitness Expert, 2014 &2015 Canfitpro Pro Trainer of the Year, Founder of Fit Feels Good Bootcamps & Fit Feels Good Education. Mum to two wonderful boys.


  1. Daddo 2 years ago

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

  2. Elizabeth King 2 years ago

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

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      Oonagh 2 years ago

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

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