A Q&A Coffee Chat with “Bash” Hirtenstein

Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein is a young dancer passionate about animism and Indigenous rights. He has performed with many choreographers and companies such as BoucharDanse, Micheal Cladwell and the Canadian Opera Company. He has also been on stage with many notable musicians including Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and Bebe Rexha. Sebastian’s smashing performance at the High Notes […]

OTF Grant has brought people together during difficult times

In the summer of 2020, High Notes Avante Productions Inc., learned it had received a one-year, $56,700 Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to implement a plan to help isolated people make community connections through music. Given the restrictions the pandemic has brought, its timing hit the right note. “Social isolation continues to have […]

A quick interview with Dan Hill

Legendary Grammy-awarded Singer/Songwriter Dan Hill will headline THESE ARE THEIR STORIES at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts on April 4th at 7:30 pm. We sent him a short list of questions to find out what his life has been since the last time he appeared at a High Notes Avante event.  Tell me about something […]

Erika Nielsen, in her own words about living with bipolar disorder

Erika Nielsen is one of the artists participating at THESE ARE THEIR STORIES. We asked her a couple of questions and she answered them so thoroughly we have decided to publish them unedited. We hope you find her insights helpful! What can we expect to hear you play on April 4th? I will perform a […]

She knows drama but prefers comedy

BY Ingrid Taheri AirFarce veteran and beloved comedian, Luba Goy, will host These Are Their Stories on April 4th at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts’ Plaza Suite at 7:30 pm. “I have never experienced anything else like them,” she says about High Notes Avante’s events. “They bring the community—not only in Richmond Hill, but everyone whose lives […]

Q&A with Joanna Grace and Ingrid Taheri

We are SO looking forward to share music of Beethoven, Schumann and Rachmaninoff at our upcoming concerts. You can learn a little more about us in the “mutual” Q&A below. We hope you can come to our concerts, enjoy the music and continue the conversation! GET TICKETS HERE ABOUT JOANNA: Do you have any experience with […]

Watch Our Video & Smile!

Watch Our Video & Smile! (Press image above to watch excerpts from the High Notes Gala for Mental Health on Feb 1, 2018) We have come a long way We are proud of what we have done. But there is still so much more to do. We need help to survive. We need volunteers and influencers […]


LLOYD ROBERTSON TALKS HIGH NOTES GALA FOR MENTAL HEALTH Click the hyperlinks to read more and listen to the full interview recorded on Classical 96.3 fm and ZoomerRadio on Thursday January 25th, 2018.

JENNIFER WALLS in her own words

JENNIFER WALLS in her own words We are thrilled that singer/actress Jennifer Walls will be part of the HIGH NOTES GALA on Feb. 1st. Luba Goy, Lloyd Robertson, Michael Landsberg, Orlando Da Silva and many other musical friends are coming together for an evening of hope and to raise the image of mental illness. Thanks […]

BASS-BARITONE GILES TOMKINS about singing for mental health

BASS-BARITONE GILES TOMKINS about singing for mental health Historically music has been powerful in bringing attention to issues needing attention—so why not mental illness? “Music is such a powerful tool,” says bass baritone Giles Tomkins (latest heard in Tosca at the COC and with many interesting upcoming performances including Tapestry Opera’s The Overcoat and Bach’s Peasant […]