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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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Inspirational Poem – Escape


Inspirational Poem – Escape


Pitter patter, pitter patter Dropping like rain Sun peeking between weightless clouds Shining through a drop upon a leaf Imagining I’m in a place that’s so beautiful my eyes can’t stand to see Brilliant, vibrant colours rushing at me Streaming through my eyes I pretend I’m not alone in this empty grey room Where greedy faces peer through the door…

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Dreaming is good!

Dreaming is good!

To sit around and dream is not usually an activity that is encouraged, although most of us love John Lennon’s song Imagine.  But at High Notes Avante we know we wouldn’t be where we are today if we hadn’t allowed ourselves to explore the possibilities of our dreams. We dreamt of putting on an inspirational musical event that would help…

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