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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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Q & A with virtuoso flutist Ron Korb

Mental Health Q & A with virtuoso flutist Ron Korb We take pride in showcasing only the best presenters and artists at the High Notes Gala for Mental Health which is coming up on May 6th at the Flato Markham Theatre. Grammy nominated for his CD Asia Beauty, virtuoso flutist Ron Korb is one example of these amazing artists. Visit his website to find…

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Humanizing Composers and Mental Illness

Humanizing Composers and Mental Illness Did the fact that Beethoven insisted on using 60 beans—not 59 and not 61—to make coffee mean he had OCD? Did Tchaikowsky die by choice or by accident? And Schumann? Would he have left heaps more wonderful music if he had lived today and been diagnosed as bipolar and received proper treatment rather than spending…

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Dan Hill’s voice added to mental health movement

    Dan Hill’s voice added to mental health movement “Music has a way of breaking down people’s offences and capturing their heart faster than just about anything else,” says Grammy-awarded singer-songwriter Dan Hill. ”A message sent through music will get through a lot quicker than words alone.” The artist behind such hits as “Sometimes When We Touch” and “Can’t…

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HIGH NOTES GALA A BOLD STATEMENT ABOUT WHAT AFFECTS EVERY FAMILY NOW

On Thursday, April 28th the third High Notes Gala for Mental Health takes place at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. “Music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope,” says Ingrid Taheri, Artistic & Executive Director of High Notes Avante Productions Inc—a non-profit that aims to help those touched by mental illness survivors…

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JEAN STILWELL lends voice to mental health gala

As a beloved radio host Jean Stilwell has interviewed many respected personalities including Yo Yo Ma, Maya Angelou, Barbara Hannigan Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Jonathan Crowe and Broadway’s Audra McDonald. As a mezzo-soprano, Jean has performed Carmen, her signature role, in over 25 productions all over the world and received rave reviews for her interpretations of the famous Gypsy….

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Comedienne Knows Tragedy Too

Luba Goy jokes that she would never have been let into the country if the immigration authorities knew she would grow up and make fun of the politicians. Also an immigrant I never though the funny lady I watched on CBC’s Air Farce when I first came to Canada would cook me lunch one day. Still, somehow, twenty-eight years later we…

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Using the power of words and music

High Notes Avante is a soon to be charity using the power of words and music to help those touched by mental illness move forward. “We use words to share the success stories of everyday heroes and to showcase celebrities that have returned to normal and perhaps even happy lives after experiencing a mental health issue and–of course–to communicate to…

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