May 1, 2014

An Artists’ Affair ~ A Gala Fundraising Event Celebrating the Partnership of Arts and Health on May 1, 2014 at The Carlu

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(Toronto, ON) – The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir will host An Artists’ Affair: Celebrating the Partnership of Arts & Health, a unique fundraising gala event supporting vital investment in artists’ healthcare at the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre and the artistic and artist training activities of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. 
 
On May 1, 2014, Founding Co-Chairs, Dr. Michael Baker and Tafelmusik’s Music Director Jeanne Lamon will welcome 300 guests, including Master of Ceremonies R.H. Thomson, and special guests Karen Kain, Ross Petty, Sheila McCarthy, and The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson to the fifth annual extravaganza, held at The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto. The evening will begin at 6 PM and is sponsored by Centre Stage Sponsor Sun Life Financial, and Artistic Patrons Al and Malka Green.
 
The gala’s Artistic Producer Veronica Tennant has created a dynamic programme hosted by R.H. Thomson, featuring performances by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, soprano Aviva Fortunata, cabaret diva Patricia Cano and comedian Rob Hawke. The evening will also include a special performance by the acclaimed Canada’s National Ballet School of a dynamic new work.
 
This is the fifth year that the Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir have worked together on this extraordinary fundraising event. In its history, the gala has raised nearly $1,275,000 net in critical funds to support the organizations’ services and activities.
 
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The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital provides essential health care support to creative and performing artists, in addition to advancing research and education initiatives. Opened in 2002, it is the first such centre – focused solely on artists’ health – in the world. Repetitive strain injury, musculoskeletal chronic injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome are just a handful of health conditions that can prevent professional musicians or dancers from performing. The Artists’ Health Centre has assisted thousands of artists in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.  
 
JUNO Award-winning Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released more than 80 CDs, and has received nine JUNO Awards. Tafelmusik has gained the admiration of the arts and business communities for the quality and creativity of its education and artist training programmes, which are helping to developing the next generation of performers and audience members.
 
EVENT DETAILS
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: Reception at 6 PM
Dinner at 7 PM
Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto
Master of Ceremonies: R.H. Thomson   
Special Guests: 
The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson
Karen Kain
Ross Petty
Sheila McCarthy