ABOUT US

 

Our vision:

Compassion, Understanding, Respect and Connections through arts for everyone touched by mental illness. 

Our mission: 

To inspire, give hope and connect those touched by mental illness through artistic expression.

Our registered charitable objectives are:

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.

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.

A brief backwards history:

February 2, 2018 The 5th High Notes Gala took place at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. Participants included LLoyd Robertson, Michael Landsberg, Frank Horvat, Giles Tomkins, Orlando Da Silva and long term MC Luba Goy.

November 2018: The second Social Concert featured pianist and composer Frank Horvat sharing his music and mental health story.

September 2017: First High Notes Avante Social took place at Pearl Piano in Richmond Hill. Pianist and Psychoterapist, Paul Radkowski talked about and played music by composers who had a mental health story.

August 2017  High Notes Avante received official charitable status retroactive to March 0f 2018

October 2014 HIGH NOTES AVANTE PRODUCTIONS INC. was officially incorporated as a not-for profit organization in order to use the power of words and music to spread the message that it is possible to move forward on higher notes despite a past or existing mental health issue.  

May 2014 The first independent High Notes Gala was arranged by Ingrid Taheri  at the Flato Markham Theatre with Jean Stilwell as host and a variety of performers and speakers participating.

Contact us at 416.605.8915 or email highnotesavante@gmail.com if you would like to sponsor us, volunteer your time or service, or get involved some other way.

What you are doing is both inspirational and important and I am so grateful that High Notes Avante, now an organization that has such high caliber volunteers will play a transformative role in our communities for many years to come. Thank you for inviting me to contribute to the evening and for all you do to make lives better.

(Dr. Rustom Sethna)