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“Your kindness and empathy vis-à-vis our collective mental health struggles is unsurpassed.” — Grammy Awarded Singer/Songwriter Dan Hill
“The remarkable concerts bring joy and healing to the audience whose spirits are lifted with hope for better days ahead.” — Legendary Actress Luba Goy
We at HIGH NOTES AVANTE PRODUCTIONS INC. believe music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope to those touched by mental illness. Our newly registered charity produce the annual HIGH NOTES GALA — a TedTalk and Grammy Inspired event that raise the overall image of mental illness.
IF ONE IN FIVE PEOPLE are currently affected by mental illness We ALL have a story… We believe in more openly sharing these stories so that we can learn from each other and find hope together.
By providing top-notch entertainment and gently educating, we remove stigma and save lives. Our concerts create a sense of community for everyone (and there is a lot of us!) touched by mental illness. We 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 and save lives by encouraging others to reach out and share their stories. Our Speakers’ and Artists’ stories about how they have moved forward successfully despite a current or past lived experience help others move forward on higher notes as well.
Our unique concept has reached an audience of 2000 + since 2014. This fall we are introducing the more intimate High Notes Avante Social community events. We provide an opportunity for a vast range of individuals, businesses and associations to support our vision as we work towards becoming the producers of “THE” Mental Health Concert in Canada and have our HIGH NOTES GALA televised across Canada—making the messages accessible whether you live in Nunavut, BC, PEi or are just too ill to get off your couch in Toronto.
Our free (We have reserved 25 per cent of tickets to current mental health clients) or affordable events are not fundraising but image raising–making our lifesaving messages accessible.. By addressing the underlying problem of stigma and loneliness we help everyone affected by mental illness.
The Folks Behind It All
Artistic & Executive Director Ingrid Taheri, BA, ARCT, RMT (A communicator, musician and passionate activist inspired by experiences in friends and family) has engaged Lawyers, Accountants, Mental Health Experts, Educators and Artists to form our Board of Directors. Media Celebrities Rick Mercer and Lloyd Robertson support us. Our Advisory Board consists of Dr. David Goldbloom, Author and Chief Medical Advisor at CAMH, Orlando Da Silva, Past Ontario Bar Association President, Dan Hill, Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter–and legendary Canadian actress Luba Goy. Other supporters and participants include Richard and Lauren Margison, Jean Stilwell, Ballet Jorgen, Ron Korb, Paul Radkowski, David W. Barber, The North York Music Festival …and many more!
SEPTEMBER 14: HIGH NOTES AVANTE SOCIAL @Pearl Pianos with Paul Radkowski
NOVEMBER 17: HIGH NOTES AVANTE SOCIAL @Pearl Pianos with FRANK HORVAT
FEBRUARY 1, 2018: 5th HIGH NOTES GALA for MENTAL HEALTH @ the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts with Lloyd Robertson, Luba Goy & more.
CHECK our website for ticket information and contact us to support us or host an event at your location.