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We won Best Creative Innovation!

We are proud to have been awarded “Best Creative Innovation” at Richmond Hill’s Economic Development Committee’s 7th Creative symposium. Please CLICK HERE to watch the video they created about our Artistic & Executive Director, Ingrid Taheri, to learn more.  

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COMPOSER SAYS NOBODY IS NORMAL

COMPOSER SAYS NOBODY IS NORMAL but we all have unique ability to inspire BY Ingrid Taheri HIGH NOTES AVANTE PRODUCTIONS INC. Ten years after releasing his first self-composed album, I’ll Be Good, Toronto composer and pianist Frank Horvat, has responded musically and personally with an introspective piano album, You Haven’t Been. Inspired by Frank’s struggles with anxiety and depression the…

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High Notes Avante Social

High Notes Avante Social at Richmond Hill’s Pearl Pianos An engaging evening of music & stories of mental health recovery By Ingrid Taheri, HIGH NOTES AVANTE PRODUCTIONS INC. A psychotherapist, speaker and classically trained pianist, Paul Radkowski can tell a recovery story or two—whether his own, his clients’ or that of fellow musicians or well-known composers. Paul, who also is CEO…

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Internship…or Mentorship?

Internship… or Mentorship? By MADISON SIEGER, Communications Intern, HIGH NOTES AVANTE PRODUCTIONS INC. When I first began as a summer intern at High Notes Avante, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The annual main attraction—the High Notes Gala for Mental Health— had just taken place, after months of preparation, blood, sweat and tears. And while the Gala was a…

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Freeing the Pieces… with Words and Music

FREEING THE PIECES… WITH WORDS AND MUSIC By: MADISON SIEGER, Communications Intern HIGH NOTES AVANTE PRODUCTIONS INC. Jane Haque never imagined the High Notes Gala for Mental Health would have such a strong impact on her life. She was in the process of finishing up her memoir, Freeing the Pieces, but went back and rewrote the last chapters after attending…

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These are their stories…

  These are THEIR stories… Luba Goy! Dan Hill! Ron Korb! Ballet Jorgen! Robert Kortgaard! David W Barber! Bill MacPhee! Dr. Adam Enchin! What could they have in common?They all have a mental health story and are speaking and performing at the 2017 High Notes Gala for Mental Health on Saturday May 6th. The High Notes Gala aims to raise the image of mental illness through the power of words and…

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We are not robots

We are not robots… although we practice to be perfect BY INGRID TAHERI “We might not be as honorable as firefighters or doctors who save lives,“ says Ballet Jorgen’s Daniel Da Silva. “Still, we give a break to people who come to the ballet after a long day of work. We give them joy the way we can with our…

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Music and Brain Function

Music and Brain Function By ALISHA MARTINS, Public Relations Intern, HIGH NOTES AVANTE PRODUCTIONS INC. Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Adam Enchin, wears many hats. As a psychiatrist at Southlake Regional Health Centre, he sees patients that are in crisis, children who come in for weekly support services and spends most of his day with the Disruptive Behaviours Program. During…

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Creating a Spark

Bill MacPhee’s Journey through Mental Illness  By ALISHA MARTINS, Public Relations Intern, HIGH NOTES AVANTE A charismatic business owner, husband and father of three children, Bill MacPhee is the last person you would ever think struggled with mental illness. However, at the age of 24, MacPhee was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent the subsequent five years of his life in…

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We all need an outlet for our feelings

Robert Kortgaard has toured and recorded extensively with soprano Jean Stilwell. Here they are performing together at the April 28th, High Notes Gala When pianist Robert Kortgaard first performed at the High Notes Gala for Mental Health in 2014, he agreed because tenor Richard Margison, an artist he respected, asked him. “Once there, I was moved by the fascinating and…

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