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
2015-2017 Annual High Notes Galas for Mental Health were produced including the infamous “Half-gala” at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts on April 28, 2016. Fire forced us to cancel the show after intermission.
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
The stories and the speeches were so touching and I nearly cried.