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January 31, 2011
Health Arts Society and City of Toronto to launch ArtsWay concerts
The Health Arts Society of Ontario and the City of Toronto are partnering to launch a series of 40 professional classical music concerts in the City's 10 long-term care homes.

Following remarks by representatives of the Health Arts Society of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and the Canadian Opera Company (COC), cast members of the Canadian Opera Company's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute will perform a 45-minute concert of excerpts from the opera for the benefit of residents. Simone Osborne and Frederic Antoun will sing, accompanied by COC Music Director Johannes Debus at the piano.

Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 1:30 p.m. (performance starts at 2 p.m.)
Location: Castleview Wychwood Towers, 351 Christie St. (between Dupont Street and Davenport Road)

This event marks the debut of the Health Arts Society of Ontario, which has partner organizations in British Columbia and Quebec and aims to expand to all Canadian provinces in 2011. The Health Arts Society is dedicated to providing the enjoyment and stimulation of professionally performed music for the benefit of long-term care residents who are no longer able to attend performances in the community.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Liz Parker, Foundress, LIZPR, 416-544-1803,
David Lemon, President, Health Arts Society of Ontario, 604-230-2732,
Lyla Miller, Senior Communications Coordinator, Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services, 416-397-5305,



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