David Johanns concert raises awareness of mental health issues

It was a sold out concert at the Arts and Letters club Dec. 19 as musician David Johanns wowed his audience with some stunning piano melodies.

The Toronto-based musician hosted his first holiday concert and wanted a portion of the proceeds to go to a charity.  Graciously, he chose CameronHelps for its work in helping to prevent youth suicide.  The event was a great success in raising awareness about mental health issues and the work of our charity.

After the intermission, David Johanns debuted a new song which he wrote in memory of his brother, who he lost to suicide two years ago. Following that moving piece, CameronHelps’ founder, David Harris, roused the audience with an exercise in thankfulness that he uses when working with students. After getting the room to cheer and applaud the things they are thankful for, he went on to speak about his journey after the loss of his son, Cameron, and the purpose and activities of CameronHelps and encouraged everyone to get involved.

The music itself was a wonderful mix of jazz tunes, musical scores and instrumentals that had the crowd mesmerized. The hall was appropriately decked out in Christmas decorations with angels hanging from the ceilings and candles throughout room.

“The talent, the band, the venue and the program was wonderful, “ said Heather Hodgson.  “It was a magical evening,” said Laura D’Angelo.  “Absolutely an amazing night,” added Kitty McKenchnie.