It’s a special gift to be able to create amazing art that brings joy to others. On January 24th, you have the opportunity to experience a virtual concert featuring Grammy and Juno awarded musicians and other remarkable artists who have been touched by mental illness. Hosted by the phenomenal Luba Goy, performers include:
Stephen Sitarski – Concert master of Esprit Orchestra & Hamilton Philharmonic debuting a special composition by Frank Horvat entitled ‘to Cope and to Manage’
Dr. David Goldbloom, Chief Medical Advisor of CAMH – why we should be hopeful even in uncertain times
High Notes Voices – a choir made up of people touched by mental illness perform
‘Lean On Me’ with Dan Hill, the Grammy-awarded singer/songwriter of “Sometimes When We Touch”
Ron Korb, Flute – Grammy nominee
Amici Chamber Ensemble, Juno award winners
Lily Frost, singer/songwriter
Marcia Chum-Gibbons, Musician
Giles Tomkins, Baritone
Erika Nielsen, Cello, Author – ‘Sound Mind’
Sebastian Hirtenstein, Dancer
Marshal Wang, Pianist
The concert will be streamed on the High Notes Avante Facebook page and the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre page. Admission is free but donations via Canada Helps are greatly appreciated and will go towards High Notes Avante’s online programs for people touched by mental illness, including the High Notes Voices choir, High Notes Movie Club and High Notes Book club. And if you haven’t heard of High Notes Avante and are wondering what these remarkable people do, scroll down and I’ll tell you more.
High Notes Avante is a registered charity that uses artistic expression to raise the image of mental illness, and to inspire, connect and give hope to those touched by mental illness. It strives to relieve conditions associated with mental illness by offering art productions directed towards the alleviation of loneliness and isolation, as well as to reduce the associated stigma, and to promote mental health by providing information from mental health professionals and testimonials from artists, well-known personalities and others who suffer or have suffered from mental illness.
During the lock-down of 2021, HNA produced a very basic first Concert of Hope which earned them a Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now grant to produce this second concert. So don’t miss it! Rosie 🙂