cofounder, Executive director & Chair
An avid music lover and composer, Talia worked as an administrator in a number of hospitals, community health centres and private medical clinics. Aware of the power of healing in music, Talia wanted to bring live music to care centres and patient bedsides. In 2010, during a concert featuring Debbie Danbrook and Ann-Marie Boudreau, a spark went off and Music Can Heal was founded. Her dream is to take MCH across the country.
Debbie Danbrook is a Master player of the Japanese Shakuhachi flute. She is the first woman to have mastered this unique Zen instrument. Debbie has recorded 18 CDs of music for meditation and healing. She offers her healing music at hospices, memorials and healing events around the globe.
VICE CHAIR, events & social media
Ori Dagan is an accomplished, award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist. When not performing, you can find Ori behind the scenes curating multiple artistic events, including the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, programming at 120 Diner and various jazz venues throughout Toronto. He is a big believer in the power of music as a healing agent.
& special events
Christopher Simmons is a composer/pianist. Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded with some of the most respected names in blues, gospel and jazz of our generation. Christopher has recorded numerous CD’s both in New York City and Toronto and continues to be active on the music scene in Toronto and abroad. His passionate involvement in the Toronto artistic community has also given him a broader insight into the culture of health and wellness initiatives that directly pertain to non-profit associations and organizations in live music and the arts.
public relations consultant
Shane Gerard is a media and communications expert with an internationally recognized Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation. Through his current work at the City of Toronto, and with past clients like Harbourfront Centre; he has accumulated extensive public affairs, media relations, issues and event management experience. Over two decades he has advised elected officials, corporate executives, Canadian and international artists and business owners.
kollin loRE, CONNECTor
Kollin Lore is a freelance writer, communications specialist, and an enthusiast for all types of arts and entertainment. Kollin's first experience with the power of music came when he used music to connect, for the first time in a long time, with a loved one who was sick with Parkinson's Disease.