Banner shows a treble clef made of piano keyboard, as well as photos of the 2 performers, and AMI sponsorship logo, the title of the event, and the name of BALANCE.

An Evening in the Key of B:
A Benefit Concert and Reception for BALANCE

Tuesday October 15, 2019, 7:00-10:00 PM, Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

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BALANCE is a support organization providing customized, specialized services to increase
independence and community engagement for persons who are blind or living with sight loss. We have been providing support services in the city of Toronto for over 30 years. Our core services are funded by the Ministry of Health, however, our innovative group programming requires additional support from donations, grants and fundraising events like this one. Aligning with the BALANCE mission, this Benefit Concert and Reception was established to raise funds to support our incredible groups. This inaugural concert event will host about 250 guests for a music-filled evening followed by an elegant wine and cheese reception.

Featuring: Michael Arnowitt, Pianist and
Opening Act: Susanna McCleary, Traditional Fiddle
Hosted by Kelly MacDonald, AMI host and talk show personality

Michael A. seated at a grand piano, hands on the keys, dressed in a black suit, white shirt, and bow tie. He is smiling up at the camera.

More about Michael Arnowitt
Michael’s imaginative musical landscapes and extraordinary sense of touch at the piano have delighted audiences in concert halls around the world. Michael will grace our ears with classical pieces by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and others, some of his own jazz compositions from his recent recording Sweet Spontaneous, and selections from his Jazz Suite from West Side Story, which draws on songs such as Maria and Somewhere. Especially for this concert, Michael has added a new composition in honour of BALANCE, and written in the key of B! Michael is blind from the eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Program:



Susanna is standing and playing her bow and fiddle.


More about Susanna McCleary
Training first as a classical violinist, Susanna performs traditional fiddle styles of all kinds. In honour of our venue, Susanna will include Klezmer in her repertoire for this concert. Susanna was born in England, where she attended the Royal National College for the Blind. Residing and performing in Hamilton, Ontario, Susanna has studied with Anne Lederman and others in Canada, as well as with traditional and Klezmer fiddlers in the UK and Ireland. Susanna learns by ear and
her repertoire currently numbers thousands of tunes.



Our Host: Kelly MacDonald, Accessible Media Inc.

Kelly is laughing and wearing a fedora cap.
Kelly MacDonald is co-host of Kelly and Company weekdays at 2 pm ET on AMI-audio. Kelly began his broadcasting career with CJCS radio Stratford. In his spare time, Kelly directs Out Of Sight Productions, a London, Ontario, based theatre company he founded 10 years ago.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for 7:00 start.

Wine/Cheese Reception, 3rd floor, 8:30 PM

Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at the door.* To buy tickets: An Evening in the Key of B

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To learn more about the #becauseofBALANCE campaign: Because of BALANCE!

Lead Sponsor/Executive Producer: Accessible Media Inc. 
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Major Sponsor/Producer: Novartis

Director Level Sponsors: Scotiabank logo  

*Please note: Tickets to this event are non-refundable. If you should be unable to attend, your ticket purchase will be considered a donation to the programs and services of BALANCE. Thank-you.