Abhimanyu Sud, MD CCFP
Academic Director, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Bio: Dr. Sud is the Academic Director for the award winning course “Safe Opioid Prescribing” at the Continuing Professional Development at the Faculty of Medicine (University of Toronto) and is an active public advocate regarding the opioid crisis. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and he practices both in comprehensive family medicine and chronic pain medicine. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a dual degrees in biochemistry and linguistics and completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Director And founder, EnhanceDance
Bio: Andrea Downie is a dance educator, choreographer and kinesiology instructor with 25 years of experience. She is the Director and founder of EnhanceDance. She is also the President and a founding member of Healthy Dancer Canada. Andrea received her HonBFA in Dance Performance and MA in Dance Studies from York University. She completed her professional training at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City, and performed with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects while there. Andrea specializes in motor learning and developed the Multisensory Pedagogical Model for Dance Skill Instruction to enhance dance skill learning. She is one of only a few certified teachers of Simonson Technique in Canada. She is also a certified Level 2 Conditioning-with-Imagery (C-I) Training teacher and the C-I Training Course Administrator. Andrea recently returned to the GTA after living for more than 20 years in BC. She works actively as a guest dance instructor, choreographer and speaker across Canada, enthusiastically sharing her passion for dance with teachers and dancers of all ages, levels and abilities.
Principal Cellist, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
Bio: One of Canada's most charismatic chamber musicians, Bryan Epperson is principal cellist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and, during the summer, the Santa Fé Opera Orchestra, as well as a regular performer at the internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Chamber Festival.
He made debuts in Milan, Venice, Siena, and Florence at the recommendation of Claudio Abbado and has since received regular invitations to perform throughout Europe and North America. Collaborations include performances with such legendary musicians as David and Igor Oistrakh, Christian Ferras, and Tibor Varga. Bryan is a founding member of the string trio Triskelion, the Cambridge Chamber Players, and the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory). In addition, he has recorded on the Naxos and Musica Viva labels and has been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, CBC, and RCA Red Seal.
In 2004, Bryan led the cello ensemble on Isabel Bayrakdarian's Juno Award-winning album Azulao. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Bryan's initial studies were with Leonard Rose, André Navarra, and George Neikrug. He subsequently served as an assistant to Antonio Janigro at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Bryan is devoted to both a 1752 Paulo Antonio Testore cello and a 928 s Porsche of almost equivalent vintage. Between the months of July and September, this machine speeds across the highways of the New Mexican desert, leaving in its wake the reverberation of Jimi Hendrix guitar riffs and the aroma of expensive Cuban cigars.
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta
Bio: Dr. Christine Guptill is Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. She has a BMus (oboe performance) from Western, where she studied with Ian Franklin, principle oboe at Orchestra London from 1986-2015. She also holds a BSc Biology and PhD Rehab Sciences from Western, and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. Her program of research focuses on musicians’ health from an occupational health perspective. Christine designed and taught Health and Music Performance,the first university credit course to address musicians' health in Canada. She was a founding member of the Health Advisory Team at National Youth Orchestra Canada (NYOC) in 2007, and has been providing primary care occupational therapy to the orchestra since 2011. In 2012, she was honoured to receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her work at NYOC. In 2013-14, Christine was the Research Fellow at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She is currently Chair of Education and Vice Chair of Research for the Performing Arts Medicine Association. In her spare time, Christine performs as a freelance oboist.
Critic and features writer, The Globe and Mail
Bio: Deirdre Kelly is an internationally recognized dance expert who has worked as a dance critic for several decades at The Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto, Dance Magazine in New York and the Dance Gazette in London., among other publications. The author of the best-selling Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, she is a passionate advocate for dancers rights who lectures often on the backstage realities of dance.
Fellow, Royal Conservatory of Music
Bio: Denise Donlon is one of Canada’s most innovative broadcasters and respected corporate leaders, renowned for incorporating journalism, social issues, arts & culture and human rights advocacy in her work. A member of the Order of Canada since 2004, Donlon has served as General Manager of CBC English radio, President of Sony Music Canada, and VP/GM of MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic. She is a fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music and author of Fearless As Possible (Under The Circumstances).
Director, Dance Wellness
Bio: Gayanne Grossman P.T., Ed.M., B.F.A., a dancer with over 28 years of performing arts medicine experience. She is the Director of Dance Wellness, resident physical therapist, and part-time faculty for Muhlenberg College Department of Theatre and Dance. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah, and Ed.M. in Dance Education from Temple University where she conducted Ph.D. studies. She is the author of the textbook: Dance Science: Anatomy, Movement Analysis, and Conditioning and Editor-in-Chief of the IADMS Bulletin for Dancers and Teachers. She has published original peer reviewed research in dance medicine, is the author of the hip chapter for the American Physical Therapy Association monograph on dance medicine, and a chapter on career transitions for the National Dance Association. She has given lectures, scientific presentations, grand rounds, and movement based workshops in the United States, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Gayanne is serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and previously served the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Performing Arts Special Interest Group. She also served the APTA as a content expert for the Performing Arts Practice Analysis and as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. Gayanne received a Presidential Award for the keynote speech at the National Dance Association’s (NDA) Annual Conference in 2012. Her professional experience includes: physical therapy services for the Pennsylvania Ballet, the University of Utah Departments of Ballet and Modern Dance, Muhlenberg College Department of Theater and Dance, Temple University Department of Dance, and the Princeton Ballet School. In addition to kinesiology, her teaching experience includes modern dance technique for the University of Utah –Department of Continuing Education, dance conditioning for universities, colleges, and private studios. She has devoted her professional life to the health and wellness needs of performing artists.
Media Coordinator, Healthy Dancer Canada
Bio: Hannah Etlin-Stein is a Toronto based dance science consultant, Pilates instructor and Strength and Conditioning coach. She completed her BFA in Dance from York University in 2010, and following that taught dance technique and creative dance movement in a studio setting. Hannah then completed a Masters degree in Dance Science from Trinity Laban in London, England and is currently in her final term of study to become a Registered Massage Therapist from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy.
Hannah has worked as an associate lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University and Middlesex University and guest lectured at University of Roehampton and University of Suffolk in the area of Dance Science. Now based back in Toronto, Hannah focuses her work on supplementary training for dancers including posture and alignment work with a focus on the use of imagery and visualization. She has worked with athletes and dancers in the UK and Canada from recreational to professional levels developing training programs and corrective exercise programs to both manage and prevent injury, and optimize performance.
Hannah is a registered provider for Safe in Dance International, an organization dedicated to providing certifications for dance educators in healthy dance practice. She is actively involved with the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and is the media coordinator for Healthy Dancer Canada.
Hannah Mae Cruddas
Company Member, Ballet Jörgen Canada
Bio: Hannah’s repertoire with CBJ includes Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Tall Stepsister and Lead Fairy in Cinderella, Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet along with various roles in The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition.
Hannah Mae began her dance training with the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts School of Dance and the Leica Hardy School of Dance. In 2009, she joined Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Hannah Mae was honoured to be the youngest recipient of the Society of Russian Ballet’s Nesta Toumine Memorial Award and at 14, was a semi-finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition. She was also privileged to be the recipient of the Jan Wicha Memorial Cup and Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. At home, she danced the title role in Alice (Dearborn), the Ragdoll Queen in The Nutcracker (Hardy), and worked with Kennet Oberly and Otar Beridze. Her Toronto repertoire credits include Peggy Baker’s 5 Views of a Temple Garden, Petipa’s La Bayadere and Paquita, and Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat. Hannah Mae was recently awarded the Janice Merritt Flemming Award administrated by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.
Adjunct Faculty, Chapman University
Bio: Originally from the UK, Jennie is a Registered Osteopath specializing in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. After a career as a classical Ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, and lead singer of a Big Band, she spent 10 years working at the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine in London (UK) before relocating to New York City, and then Los Angeles. She is a specialist in treating instrumental musicians, vocalists, and dancers, focusing on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and return to performance. Jennie is the Wellness Professor at the Colburn School where she teaches a Musicians Wellness Course, as well as working with individual students on injury management and healthy playing techniques. She is also adjunct faculty at Chapman University, teaching in the Dance Department and running a pilot health screening project for both the dance and music students. She provides specialist treatment for performers from an office in West Hollywood. Jennie is on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and is in demand as a lecturer on the subject of performers’ health worldwide.
Jennie is dedicated to the provision of education on the subject of healthy practice in the performing arts, and provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, teachers, and medical professionals on the subject of injury prevention and management. She is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London, for which she compiled the Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Injury syllabus, and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Guest speaking and lecturing engagements include The Musicians Health Conference 2012 in Galway (Ireland), The Tech Music School in London, the Australian Society for Performing Arts Health Conference 2012 in Sydney, the PAMA Regional Meetings 2013 - 15 in Toronto, The Hypermobility Symposium 2013 at the University of Hertfordshire, the PAMA Annual Symposia 2013 - 15 in Aspen, Colorado & NYC 2016, Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists 2015/ 2016 at Chapman University, & The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She is also co-founder of the One Voice Center for Integrative Studies in New York.
Published articles include a series of articles on drumming technique and injury risk for Rhythm magazine, “Voice and Dance Technique Integration for Musical Theatre - Triple Threat or Double Trouble?” for the VASTA Voice and Speech Review Journal, “Osteopathy In The Arts” for The Osteopath journal, “The Hazards of the Musical Theatre Workplace” and “The Integration of Voice and Dance Techniques in Musical Theatre” for Medical Problems of Performing Artists, “Osteopathy For Singers” for iSing Magazine, as well as several others on injury management for musicians and dancers. Jennie is the founder of www.healthyperformers.com, and her book The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health was published in May 2015.
Medical Director, Musicians' Clinics of Canada
Bio: From his roots in Oakville Ontario Canada, piano lessons began at age 3 advancing to the Royal Conservatory in Toronto with Clifford Poole on scholarship. After an injury to his right hand from over practicing the Wanderer Fantasy when he was 14, he went on to study electronic music and composition with Samuel Dolin. He did perform at Massey Hall and completed the ARCT in Piano Performance at age 17. His prize-winning composition Continuum was performed by the Toronto Symphony the same year. With the intention of a career in electronic music he went on to graduate in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto while working as a summer student at the National Research Council at the Electronic Music Laboratory with Hugh LeCaine in Ottawa. His interests shifted to study in the fields of medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, occupational health, public health and preventive medicine, acupuncture, and psychotherapy at McMaster University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences tenured in 1990 and now is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. As the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, he has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, chronic neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986. His clinical and research interest is targeted personalized approaches using quantitative technology for the treatment and prevention of repetitive strain injuries, focal dystonia, chronic pain, and depression. He has taught Performance Awareness at the Glenn Gould School Performance and Artist Diploma Programs at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He is the medical consultant for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has received the Governor General Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He has introduced injury prevention concepts to the gifted participants of the Toronto Summer Music Festival Academy and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 4 years. He has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Toronto, Ottawa, Wilfred Laurier, McMaster, Western, South Florida, Texas A&M, Chapman, Weill Cornell, Santiago Chile, Galway Ireland, Sydney Australia, Havana Cuba, Taipei Taiwan, and Tokyo Japan. He was the Co-Chair of the PAMA Annual Symposium in Aspen/Snowmass in 2006/2009, the PAMA Toronto Regional Meetings from 2010 to 2015 and planned the First International PAMA Symposium in New York City in July 2016. He was a founding member and is the Treasurer and Past President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association creating the transformation “PAMAForte! – Rewriting the future of PAMA”. He is an avid golfer, rugged hockey player, classical pianist in the Drag On chamber music society, and tries to keep up with his two grandsons.
Faculty - Optimal Performance Health, Cleveland Institute of Music
Bio: Kathleen Riley, internationally known pedagogue, researcher, lecturer and biofeedback clinician on musicians’ technique and injury prevention, brings over 35 years of music performance experience, training in biofeedback techniques, and research in biofeedback and optimal performance.
Dr. Riley is on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and conducting performance research at Case Western Reserve University. She has been invited to lecture at leading universities across the country and abroad including Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London; the Glenn Gould School of Music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto; Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio University, Oberlin, and Cleveland State University among other prominent music institutions.
Dr. Riley also served on staff at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine with a specialty in Biofeedback for Optimal Performance. She has trained clinicians in the use of biofeedback for neuromuscular re-education at the Cleveland Clinic, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and the NYU Rusk Institute.
Dr. Riley is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and chair of the PAMA Development Committee. She is also a member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).
Her publications appear in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Biofeedback, American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, MTNA e-journal, and the Journal of Technology in Music Learning, along with articles in the New York Times and Scientific American.
Faculty Member, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Bio: Dr. Larissa Popov, ND runs an established clinical practice in Toronto. She is a part-time faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a classically-trained violinist. With over a decade of experience as an Art of Living Teacher, she has been facilitating yoga, pranayama and meditation programs to people of all ages through the *Art of Living Foundation* and the *International Association for Human Values* ."
Musician, Writer and Performer, Founding Member - The Cure
Bio: Lol Tolhurst is a musician, writer and performer.
He is best known as a founding member of the band that virtually invented alternative music, The Cure. Formed in 1976, The Cure is one of the most influential, successful and critically acclaimed bands of its generation.
As The Cure’s drummer, Lol toured the globe many times over, supporting the ground-breaking albums Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. He took on keyboard duties in the mid-eighties until his departure from the band in 1989, at the time of their masterwork Disintegration.
In the early nineties, Lol relocated to Southern California where he continues to write, record and tour with his own band, Levinhurst.
More recently, 2011 saw a momentous reunion tour with his former bandmates and Lol performing with The Cure again for the first time in over twenty years.
Lol’s first book was published in 2016. Cured - The Tale Of Two Imaginary Boys is a memoir that draws together the threads of his life and art... so far!
Singing Voice Specialist & Speech Pathologist (Voice Therapist), Musicians' Clinics Of Canada, Vox Cura Voice Care Specialists
Bio: Melanie Tapson
BFA BEd MSc SLP (C) CCC-SLP Reg CASLPO
Singer, Singing Voice Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist (Voice Therapist)
Melanie is a professional singer, a CASLPO-registered, SAC-certified, ASHA-certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who provides voice therapy to professional voice users, and a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS - a designation for a singing teacher who has special training equipping them to work in a medical environment with singers who need rehabilitation).
Melanie has spent her entire life playing with, learning about, and loving the human voice! She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal jazz performance at Concordia University in Montreal and a Bachelor of Education in senior level music and drama at OISE/University of Toronto before completing her Master of Science degree in speech language pathology at Dalhousie University in Halifax (with a lot of performing and practising in between!)
Melanie is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the co-chair of the Toronto 2017 meeting; a member of the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA) and on the planning committee for the annual symposium in Toronto 2017, and chairs the Voice Interest Group for her provincial speech pathology association, among other voice-related memberships and interests. As well, she regularly gives workshops, lectures at the university in the speech pathology program, and provides mentorship year-round to people interested in the care of the singing voice.
Melanie’s extensive experience as a professional performer combined with her training as a teacher and speech-language pathologist provides her with a unique perspective on voice care. She believes that treating the voice requires treating the whole person, and she is a fierce advocate for prehabilitation, or preventative voice care, to keep artists and voice users in top form.
Michael H. Thaut, PhD
Director, Music and Health Science Research Center, University of Toronto
Bio: Dr. Michael H. Thaut, PhD, is currently a Professor of Music at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in Rehabilitation Science and Neuroscience. He also holds an appointment as Collaborator Scientist at the CAMH Neuroimaging Research Center. He is Director of the Music and Health Science Research Center (MAHRC) and Music and Health Sciences Graduate programs at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Thaut received his Master’s and PhD in Music from Michigan State University, with a cognate minor in movement science. He holds a special diploma in music from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg/Austria and a German Diplom in Psychology/Education from the University of Muenster. Prior to his appointment at the University of Toronto, he was a Professor of Music and Professor of Neuroscience as well as Director of the School of the Arts at Colorado State University. He has held many other visiting positions internationally including at Düsseldorf University Medical School, Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences, and Kurashiki Sakuyo Music University in Japan to name a few.
Dr. Thaut is an international leader in neuroscience and music and has internationally recognized research in relation to the applications of auditory neuroscience, specifically for music and rhythm, to neurological rehabilitation. He has over 200 scientific publications and is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy which was runner-up in the annual British Medical Association book award in the category “Best New Book in Neurology 2015”. He is the president of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology and Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine.
He and his team developed the clinical system of Neurological Music Therapy, which is evidence based, applied worldwide in neurorehabilitation, and endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation.
As a former professional violinist in the classical and folk genre, Dr. Thaut has recorded several LPs/CDs and has toured throughout Europe extensively.
Co-Chair Task Force On Dancer Health, Executive Board Of Trustees , Dance/USA
Bio: Nancy Kadel, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction and the care and treatment of dancers. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her orthopaedic training in Boston at the Harvard Orthopaedic Residency. She completed an additional year-long fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Kadel is certified by the ABOS, and is a Fellow of both the AAOS and AOFAS. A former dancer, she has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and in works by Mark Morris and others. Dr. Kadel was formerly an Associate Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She was the medical director of the Healthy Dancers’ Clinic, a free injury prevention/screening clinic in San Francisco for three years. Dr. Kadel founded the Seattle Dance Medicine Free Clinic and organized a monthly Dance Medicine journal club meeting in Seattle. She is currently residing in Bend, Oregon.
Dr. Kadel served as President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) from July 2014 through July 2016 and is currently the Immediate Past President.She is also the co-chair of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health, whose mission is to maintain the health, safety, and wellbeing of professional dancers in North America.
Dr. Kadel’s research interests include foot and ankle biomechanics, dance injuries and injury prevention. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured both nationally and internationally in her field. Dr. Kadel has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS),and is currently on both the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and Dance/USA boards. She was the Associate Editor of Medicine for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (JDMS) from 2005-2014, and continues to be a reviewer for multiple academic journals.
Artistic Director, Inica Dance Industries
Bio: Nicole Hamilton is a certified educator, and member of Dance Masters of Canada, and Dance Masters of America. As Director of Inica Dance Industries (I Love Dance Award nominee) (Canada Glass Achievement Award nominee) Hamilton has served as a master workshop leader, choreographer, faculty member, Juror, and mentor at institutes across Canada, and the U.S.A including,but not limited to; George Brown College, The Canadian Dance Assembly, Ottawa Dance Academy, DOAHL Dance Academy, and Studio de Danse Danielle.
Hamilton is a recognized Mental Health Counsellor, and the founder of the "Building Your Optimal Health" Workshop series, which strives to educate the dance population at large, on progressive health and wellness measures, integrating teachings on injury prevention, mental wellness, and body image. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and sits on the Board of Directors with Healthy Dancer Canada, where she works with a distinct alliance of educators, and health professionals, developing extensive protocols, initiatives, and health screening tools and teaching practices.
Hamilton serves in the media as a Reporter, and Director of Development for "Dance Channel Television" , and is an on air host for CIUT 89.5FM Radio. She has been featured in numerous publications including The Glass Magazine, Crown Culture Magazine, and The GBC Dialog, and has authored several articles for dance journals and newsletters, including "Directives in Dance Medicine"an article produced for Healthy Dancer Canada.
An international adjudicator, award winning performer, and choreographer, Her formal training has included education in multiple syllabi and methods including R.A.D, D.M.A, C.D.T.A, ADAPT, B.A.T.D, Cecchetti, Horton, Dunham, and D.E.A, creating a vast knowledge base, and approach for the professional curriculum's which she develops. Her credits include, but are not limited to; "Private Pain in Public Pews" (2012), "Pieces of Me" (2013), "The Singers" (2014), and commissioned facilitation in Tembisa, South Africa (2015)
Musician/Law Student, Order of Canada/Honorary Fellow RCM
Bio: Phil Dwyer started his professional career in his mid-teens and by the age of 20 had joined the top echelons of the Canadian music business. Over the subsequent thirty years he performed, arranged and composed in a wide variety of musical styles and worked with some of the world’s leading musical artists. Phil has appeared on eleven Juno award-winning recordings including his own projects and collaborations with artists such as Molly Johnson, Joe Sealy, Guido Basso, Don Thompson and others. Since 1988 he has appeared on over thirty recordings that have received Juno nominations. Phil also received the 2001 K.M. Hunter Artists Award for music.
Phil has also been active as a music educator, as a faculty member at York University and Humber College. He was also the founder and director of the Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts, an innovative summer music school which ran on Vancouver Island from 2005-2014. He has also been a guest instructor at leading music schools across Canada, the U.S., U.K., and Europe.
Over the last 10 years Phil has spoken in public and in the media about his experiences with bipolar disorder and concurrent substance use issues. He has been a keynote speaker for CMHA events, TedX, and on CPAC’s “Rockburn Presents”, and was the subject of a multi-part feature interview with the Ottawa Citizen. In the summer of 2016 he worked in the mental health and addiction sector in Toronto.
In 2013 Phil was named as a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2015 he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since 2014, while still remaining active as a musician and co-owner of SeaWind Musical Instruments — a boutique saxophone and woodwind company based on Vancouver Island — Phil has been enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick and will be graduating in the spring of 2017.
Manager, National Institute Of Dance Medicine And Science
Bio: Stephanie is a graduate of Trinity Laban's MSc Dance Science programme and prior to this she trained professionally in contemporary dance at Middlesex University, achieving a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies. Since completing her MSc Stephanie also qualified as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist (SRMT) at North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM). Since finishing her SRMT training, Stephanie now has a weekly clinic at London Contemporary Dance School and Central School of Ballet and has also become a tutor for NLSSM's diploma course. Since May 2016 Stephanie has been part-time manager of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS). Stephanie is a lecturer in Anatomy, Health and Fitness for dancers, with fixed appointments at Bird College and D&B Theatre School and guest lectures at London Studio Centre and Middlesex University. Alongside this Stephanie supervises BA dissertation projects in dance science at Middlesex University and London Studio Centre. Stephanie has presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), with one submission winning the student travel award and also published research. Stephanie continues to pursue research in her areas of interest; injury epidemiology and fascia.
Concertmaster , Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Bio: Stephen Sitarski enjoys a varied career as a violinist and musician. During the 12/13 season, he will conduct both the Mississauga and Georgian Bay Symphonies.
Recently named in 2012 the Concertmaster of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen holds the same position with the Esprit Orchestra, and held the same position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) for 15 seasons (1997 – 2012). During his tenure in K-W, Mr. Sitarski became Artistic Director of the KWS Baroque and Beyond. Stephen has also been guest concertmaster across Canada and the United States, working with many distinguished conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Philippe Entremont, Raymond Leppard, Bramwell Tovey, and James Judd. He has served as Associate Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and was guest concertmaster and featured soloist with the National Ballet Orchestra for Eugene Onegin and Russian Seasons in March 2011.
Stephen frequently appears as soloist with many concertos in the standard repertoire as well as concertos written especially for him by Canadian composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy (Blood Upon the Body, Ice Upon the Soul, 2006 premiere with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and Glenn Buhr (Violin Concerto, 2000 premiere with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony). Stephen is a founding member of Trio Laurier, formed in 2007 with cellist Paul Pulford and pianist Leslie De’Ath, and is a regular participant in diverse chamber groups and festival events nationally and internationally with many of Canada’s finest musicians. He is also a frequent performer with Toronto’s acclaimed the Art of Time Ensemble and Soundstreams, with which Stephen completed a tour in May 2012 to Taiwan and China, performing works by Tan Dun and R. Murray Schafer.
As an arranger, Stephen has arranged music for the Emperor Quartet (over 20 arrangements of show tunes and popular songs), Quartetto Gelato (Octosca) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Canadian and Italian national anthems).
Stephen was just awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, a nomination submitted by the National Youth Orchestra, where he is a faculty member. Stephen is also on the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a frequent mentor for Hamilton’s National Academy Orchestra. He has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, was an instructor at the University of Manitoba, and has maintained an active private studio.
Musician, Canadian Music Scene
Bio: Tom Wilson is a three time Juno winning, multi-gold record awarded Canadian musician. The songs he has written have been recorded by and with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples, The Rankin Family , as well as his own bands Junkhouse, who scored eleven Top Ten hits; and icon Americana fueled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, (one of Wilson's songs was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush's iPod). His most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States and as a result has been on tour in the United States for the last two years. Wilson is currently finishing writing his first book for Penguin/Random House and is already fielding offers for the movie rights to that work...
Co-founder, Urban Worker Project
Bio: Andrew Cash is the co-founder of the Urban Worker Project, a national initiative aimed at building a stronger voice and better conditions for freelance, on contract, self employed and part time workers in Canada. As a Member of Parliament he tabled ground breaking legislation dealing with precarious work which led to first time protections for unpaid interns under federal labour laws. Prior to politics Andrew worked as a freelance writer covering a broad range of social, political and environmental issues for Now Magazine. Andrew is a Juno and SOCAN award winning musician and composer with over a dozen albums to his credit. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.
President and Founder, Body Harmonics
Bio: Margot McKinnen is the President and founder of Body Harmonics, a full service Pilates and movement studio based in Toronto with an integrated health and wellness clinic and an international professional development program.
I’ve worked in the field of movement education a long time including performing artists at various stages in their careers, and my interest in the miracle of human movement just keeps growing! I love seeing people re-discover their inherent strength, grace, agility and power to reboot and heal. I founded Body Harmonics as a place for people to find a new way of being, steeped in the idea that where they start is just right and that we’re there to help them in the way that makes sense for their lifestyle, goals and expectations. That people trust us with their health and wellbeing is a huge privilege and one I feel humbled by every day. Fun fact: I’m a nighthawk and early bird at the same time. Love both ends of the day!
Chair, Dancer Screening Committee, Healthy Dancer Canada
Bio: Registered Physiotherapist
Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy
Since 2010 Carolina has been a member of Healthy Dancer Canada, a non- profit organization that is the Canadian leader in Facilitating communication and collaboration between the dance community and health care professionals in order to enhance the health and well-being of dancers of all ages and genres. As Chair of HDC’s Dancer Screening Committee, she has pioneered the development of a Dancer Screening Tool for health professionals and dance instructors. As part of her extensive experience in performing arts medicine, Carolina has had the immense pleasure of working backstage as an on-site treatment provider for various Broadway and off-Broadway tours that travel to the GTA. In addition, she is a consultant for Canada’s prestigious Ballet Jorgen.
Carolina is MDT certified. Better known as the Mckenzie Method, it allows her ot provide advanced and reliable musculoskeletal assessment and treatment for people suffering with back and neck and extremity pain. In addition, Carolina has gained invaluable experience and enjoys, treating post-concussion syndrome (PCS). She has furthered her education by taking many courses that treat visual and vestibular conditions resulting from PCS.
Bio: As a professional ballroom dancer, David Outevsky has competed at the international level, teaching and performing throughout Canada and Europe. After moving to England to pursue a BA in Anthropology, he completed an MSc Dance Science at Trinity Laban, London, where he conducted research in the fields of touch, weight bearing, and visual contact in dance. During the last four years he presented his work at conferences in the UK, France and Canada. His research has been published in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholars and in the Journal of Medical Problems of Performing Artists. David is currently pursuing his PhD in Dance Studies at York University where he is researching the cultural adaptations of Soviet Canadian competitive ballroom dancers to the Canadian dancesport industry. David is also currently holding a position on HDC’s Board of Directors.
Kim Pare, BC, CPA, CMA
Parent and Advocate for Mental Health
Bio: Professionally, I am currently Vice President of Human Resources for The Descartes Systems Group Inc., an international logistics technology company with offices in over 20 countries. I have an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and an accounting designation as a CPA, CMA.
Personally I have been married for 36 years and have two children. My son Chris is 32 years old and my daughter Kaitlyn who would have been 27 years old on March 2, 2017. She unfortunately passed away from an accidental drug overdose 2 weeks after her 24th birthday. Since my daughters passing my wife and I decided to talk about mental health and addiction to overcome the stigma. When you are in the throws of addiction, whether as the addict or the family involved, there is a stigma attached to the addiction that almost forces you to keep it quiet which in retrospect was not the best thing to do. So from the moment my daughter died, including in the eulogy we recorded for her funeral, we have been outspoken about ending the stigma. To date we have talked participated on panel discussions setup by bereaved families of Southwestern Ontario, at Nar-Anon meetings to families who have loved ones suffering from the illness of addiction, at Addiction Awareness Day days in both Hamilton and Oakville, my wife spoke at the Ontario Government buildings during a FED-UP rally, I have spoke at two girls high school in Toronto as part of their mental health awareness week and to a classroom of young adults who have suffered from mental health and addiction at Georgian College. We are also actively involved with Wayside House, an addiction and recovery housing center in Hamilton, both in a support capacity and in fund raisings initiatives we organized ourselves.
University of Toronto
Bio: Lynda Mainwaring is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She is a Registered Psychologist with graduate training in human kinetics, performance and rehabilitation psychology, a member of the Ontario and American Psychological Associations, the Research Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the PAMA. Her research interests include psychological aspects of physical injury and recovery, the emotional impact of mild traumatic brain injury in sport, perfectionism, performance enhancement, and qualitative methodology. Dr. Mainwaring has presented and published over 200 works internationally. Her practice emphasizes optimal wellness and performance.
Artists’ Health Alliance
Bio: Netta Kornberg is a researcher and arts administrator with international experience spanning three continents. She has worked on public and popular education projects at the Royal Ontario Museum, South African History Online and the Faculty of Education, York University. Netta currently focuses on developing specialized health education programs at the Artists’ Health Alliance. She completed an MPhil. at the University of Cambridge and an Hons. B.A. at the University of Toronto.
formerly of the Barenaked Ladies and Mental Health Advocate
Bio: The great thing about pop songwriters is that they, almost without fail, get better with age. When young audiences were once expected to grow into more “serious” styles of music as they matured, modern pop has become the mirror we all now hold up to reflect the complexity of life, while at the same time use to keep us grounded in the notion that a three-minute song can still be the most perfect thing the world can offer.
Steven Page understands this better than most of us, and his new solo album, Heal Thyself, provides twelve examples why. It’s clearly displayed right from the opening track “There’s A Melody,” a brief comment on the eternal struggle to get the sounds in one’s head onto tape, conveyed through an irresistible one-note tune that, ironically, will immediately burrow deep into the listener’s brain.
The sheer joy embedded in this simple introduction sets the tone for the entire album, as inventive and infectious arrangements intertwine with thought-provoking lyrics. It’s a combination Page has honed throughout his 25-year career as one of Canada’s most recognized musicians, and with Heal Thyself, the long-awaited follow-up to his 2010 album Page One, Steven Page has firmly established his own identity as a songwriting craftsman in the truest sense.
The Toronto native explains that at the outset he had a collection of material seemingly containing a common thread, suggesting an overarching concept for a record. To help sort through the ideas, Page first contacted his longtime collaborator Craig Northey, Canada’s resident power pop auteur, who came on board as co-producer, bringing along his band the Odds to play on most of the tracks. Others were recorded with Page’s live band, the Original Six, comprised of Bryden, Jay and Jesse Baird, with Kevin Fox and Karen Graves on strings.
Work on Heal Thyself actually started not long after the release of Page One, but Page’s other creative endeavors gave time for the album to evolve naturally between sessions at Northey’s Vancouver studio and Page’s studio northeast of Toronto. The new songs eventually came into focus as a picture not far removed from our current reality, in which political and spiritual forces have eroded faith in art and science, as heard on songs such as “Work At Hand,” and “Mama.” This inherent theme has also motivated Page to write a stage play based on the album.
He describes his approach with these songs as being in the tradition of Canadian satire; something Page has gained an entirely new perspective on since moving to the US several years ago. It also led him to think seriously about his own place in the wider musical sphere.
“I’ve always had a problem describing myself as an artist, and it got even harder after moving to the U.S. where that word has been devalued considerably,” Page says. “There was always a sense of guilt that I didn’t have a ‘real job,’ and that got channeled into some of these new songs, almost as a reaction to the mistrust and spitefulness that pervades so much of our current discourse in North America.”
That being said, Page never considered deviating from the fun that has always infused his work. In particular, his undying love of Beatles and Beach Boys-style pop-rock is as prominent as ever, and most evident on “I Can See My House From Here,” “Linda Ronstadt In The 70s,” and Heal Thyself’s first focus track, “Surprise Surprise.” Overall, the album continues Page’s long tradition of marrying the sweet with the tart in a way that can sound deceptively palatable.
“I’ve always had a sense of wonder about that era of Sixties and Seventies music, and probably always will,” he says. “I remember getting Paul McCartney’s second solo album for my 11th birthday, and there’s a picture in it of him standing in front of his 16-track machine in his home studio, with his kid tugging at him. I think from the moment I saw that photo, while listening to this strange album he’d made at his house, I decided I wanted to do the same thing.”
Page soon followed through on that promise to himself, making 4-track tapes with friends on weekends. This eventually led to the formation of Barenaked Ladies in 1988, one of the seminal bands of Canadian indie rock’s first golden period. By the time of Page’s official departure in 2009, the group had earned six North American Gold and Platinum-certified albums. These included their early cassette “The Yellow Tape,” which became the first Canadian independent release to sell 100,000 copies, their major label debut album, Gordon, which achieved Diamond status in Canada for domestic sales in excess of 1 million copies, and 1998’s Stunt, which sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
Along with embarking on a solo career, Page has enjoyed the freedom to collaborate with his close friend, British singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy, and participate in many projects with Toronto’s acclaimed Art Of Time Ensemble. On top of that, he scored the music for five Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival productions, and hosted his own globetrotting food program, The Illegal Eater, which airs in Canada on AUX-TV and globally on the Discovery Network.
With the release of Heal Thyself, Page has not only made a full-fledged return to the pop world, but has offered a timely statement on how the constant finger-pointing in both mainstream and social media has led us to forget that answers often lie within ourselves. “Sometimes the things we deride contain the very things we need to make us whole,” he says. “In that sense, there’s some irony in calling the album Heal Thyself. I almost called it The Golden Age Of Television.”
Such sentiments will surely delight those who have followed Steven Page throughout his career, and even those unfamiliar with him will recognize that Heal Thyself displays a singular, inclusive vision. As the music industry continues to evolve, artists such as Steven Page will remain the ones keeping listeners consistently engaged with albums appealing equally to the heart and the head. As he says, “The best you can do is make the art you are driven to make, and in the end I know this album sounds like me.”