Local Bands Come Together to Support Mental Health

July 14, 2010

Ten local bands and artists from Durham Region gathered on the beautiful grounds at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) on July 7 to donate their time and talent to the Mindful Music Charity Concert, which raised funds for Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health (Ontario Shores Foundation).

“We welcome any opportunity to participate in community events and support such an important cause,” says Adam King, member of Only Way Back. “The members of the band have friends and family who have been affected by mental illness so we were happy to participate in this event and through our music, raise more awareness about mental health.”

More than 200 people of all ages enjoyed the musical talents of a variety of jazz, soft rock and alternative bands and artists including Geoffrey O'Connor, Dustin + JJ, Melanie E, Heavy Like Helium, Seasuns, Only Way Back, The Clay Hands, He Said She Said, The Kardiak Kids and The Goombas.

The concert was in partnership with Medicinal Music, a youth group that organizes local charity concerts. The concert raised almost five hundred dollars for Ontario Shores Foundation.

“We enjoyed working with Ontario Shores to support mental health,” says Zachary Leveque-Wilson, founder of Medicinal Music. “There is a lot of fantastic talent in the area and it was great to bring everyone together to enjoy some music and create more awareness about such a worthwhile cause.”

Mindful Music is part of a variety of community events hosted by Ontario Shores such as the Imagine Film Series and Festival, Let’s Talk Lecture Series and Art Gallery and Exhibitions.

“Community events such as Mindful Music are an excellent way for people to learn more about mental illness and our wonderful facility,” says Jennifer Clark, Executive Director, Ontario Shores Foundation. “The Foundation appreciates the generous support of the bands and guests and looks forward to future opportunities to expand this great event.”

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001