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September 27, 2019

Music Can Heal was proud to bring live music to Toronto Reference Library for a summer concert series! Each Friday over the lunch hour, various musicians brought a variety of musical styles to the public. The series was well attended and a lot of kudos was received. En...

November 24, 2018

In November 2018, we hosted three fabulous fundraising concerts to showcase our diverse musicians. Jazz Bistro hosted by Ori Dagan was by far the talk of the town and for good reason! Christopher Simmons, Heather Luckhart, Andrea Boudaud, Ros Kindler and special guests...

November 22, 2016


On November 12, 2016, I had the pleasure of hearing Jim Kennedy, an 84-year old Texan with Parkinson's Disease, wow us with his progress and funny PowerPoint presentation on how neurologic music therapy, specifically Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation, has helped Jim to re...

November 12, 2016

Anita Katakkar is a specialist in tabla, and has studied with composer and musician Ritesh Das and with the pre-eminent exponent of the Lucknow Style, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.

Together with her band, Rakkatak, she has released two albums with a third coming out in the S...

November 3, 2016

Rita Di Ghent is a song-writer and jazz vocalist. Her journey to become the renowned musician she is today, is testament to the power of music and the message music Can Heal strives to express.  

During the recording of her first album, Rita was diagnosed with a mysteri...

September 6, 2016

This summer we were fortunate to receive funding to host our first outdoor summer concert series with Toronto Arts Council's inaugural Arts In The Parks.

With the exception of having to reschedule once due to heavy rain, the series was a resounding success. Nearby patro...

August 9, 2016

Christopher Simmons is a pianist, keyboardist, and composer. His compositions encompass several genres, including jazz, contemporary, new age, and classical.

The pianist is also known for his work with the Christopher Simmons Trio featuring bassist, Artie Roth, and drum...

July 29, 2016

Bill Westcott is a pianist, composer, arranger, musicologist, and music theorist. His specialty is in African American and Classical music of the 20th century. As a veteran musician Westcott is well aware as to the extent of just how powerful music can be to heal.


July 21, 2016

“I grew up pretty poor and have always loved music but my family could never really afford for me to have an instrument. When I ended up homeless I faced a point where I was going to kill myself. I decided I wanted to make my life beautiful and go for big, crazy dreams...

June 24, 2016

Brian Katz is a celebrated guitarist, pianist, recording artist, improviser, composer, and music educator. He knew at an early age that music was his calling. 

“I remember bursting into tears upon hearing Louis Armstrong sing on the Ed Sullivan show,” wrote Katz to...

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