Singer Dan Hill visits the Afternoon Express

May 04, 2017

By Norm Edwards

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It’s always a pleasure to welcome Dan Hill to our studios.  Not only only is he one of our country’s most success singer songwriters but I’ve always found him to be one of the most forthcoming people I’ve met…not just about his great career but about his personal life and challenges.

Dan told us about the difficulty dealing with his mothers illness.    Dan’s mother, Donna, was diagnosed as manic-depressive when he was ten. “It was traumatic to have her taken away to the hospital,” he says, “not knowing if and when she would return.”   Then, two and a half years ago his sister Karen died a tragic accidental death.

But the grammy award winning artist adds….music has a way of helping to ease the pain and get through difficult times and the most important thing is to talk and open up about mental illness.

“Not talking about mental illness is a bigger problem than the illness itself,” he says.

 Dan Hill will sing and speak about his experience at the High Notes Gala for Mental Health on May 6th at the Flato Markham Theatre. He will be joined by Comedian Luba Goy, members of Ballet Jorgen, Grammy nominated flutist Ron Korb, pianist Robert Kortgaard, author David Barber, mental health recovery expert Bill MacPhee and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Adam Enchin. Mental health support organizations will be displaying in the lobby. For tickets call 905.305.SHOW or visit

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