NEW Music by Prescription

Music by prescription is not a new concept but fairly new to Canada and especially for Richmond Hill and York Region. We are THRILLED to announce that we are now accepting applications for FREE piano and guitar lessons. We welcome everyone who wants to sing to join one of our choirs. If one in five are affected by mental illness #WEALLHAVEASTORY. The arts connects us and make us feel better.

HIGH NOTES AVANTE inspires, gives hope and connects those touched by mental illness through artistic expression.

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 short video with our Artistic & Executive Director, Ingrid Taheri, speaking about our charity.

HIGH NOTES AVANT A Registered Charitable Association for mental health

Music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope to those touched by mental illnessOur ‘image raising’ events feature world class performances and speakers, and showcase the lives and talents of artists and personalities who are living good lives despite having an existing or past mental health challenge. We aim to erase stigma, educate, create community and save lives by encouraging others to reach out and also share their stories.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. If 1 in 5 people are affected and we all know someone who suffers, we should show the same compassion and respect for those affected by mental illness as for those affected by physical illness. Our events are therapeutic for those affected and an eye opener for the community at large. We invite you to get involved because WE ALL HAVE A (mental health) STORY

“Your kindness and empathy vis-à-vis our collective mental health struggles is unsurpassed.”

– Grammy Awarded Singer/Songwriter Dan Hill


Part of the message HNA is spreading is that we all have a mental health story. By talking with and sharing stories with others who also have been touched by mental illness, we can learn from each other and raise the image of mental illness as we understand how many remarkable people live with mental illness and disorders.

Musicians, artists and composers are no exception. We believe they often lead the way in teaching and making others understand and accept. In the past, we have had the honour of having the wonderful author and writer, David W. Barber speak at our events. He brought to life the sufferings and quirks of such composers as Beethoven, Schumann and Tchaikowski. Barber’s series of books are brilliant, full of humour but still historically accurate (as far as possible!). They are a delight for any music lover to read. I remember how I almost fell off my chair laughing at the humour the first time I read them myself.

We at HNA are THRILLED to now have our own version of David W. Barber’s classic Bach, Beethoven & the Boys available for purchase via Amazon AND THIS LINK. It really touched my heart when Indent Publishing approached us with their idea of creating a special charity edition for the book’s 35th anniversary. Now, every time someone buys a copy of the book which has been renamed ‘We All Have A Story’, a portion of the sale will be forwarded to High Notes Avante.

The book makes a great gift!

Check back often and like us on Facebook for more regular updates and press releases as they become available.

[hr style=solid-line margin_top= margin_bottom=]


ONGOING, CONCERT OF HOPE You may still watch our 2nd Concert of Hope featuring Luba Goy and stellar Grammy- and Juno-awarded and -nominated artists


EVERY FRIDAY MORNING AT 10:30 pm HIGH NOTES VOICES will sing online together again starting September 9.

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT HIGH NOTES VOICES in person starts at 10201 Yonge Street (next to Richmond Hill United Church). Email @highnotesavante@gmail.com to join us.

NOVEMBER 28 @ 2:00 pm HIGH NOTES BOOK CLUB Our bookclub will discuss John Green’s ‘Turtles all the way down’


Please consider supporting us with a donation at CANADA HELPS