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CAMH's Dr. Bruce Ballon to perform at Stratford Festival

Enter the realm of magic and mystery which will challenge your perceptions and understanding of reality. Join CAMH psychiatrist and illusionist Dr. Bruce Ballon for an engaging exploration of mental health through interactive simulations and mind-altering illusions.

Dr. Bruce Ballon
Dr. Ballon will be performing “In My Mind’s Eye” at the Stratford Festival on Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m., taking the audience on a journey of discovery to experience a series of inner truths and outer deceptions - or is it inner deceptions and outer truths? - that unite us all. Visit the Stratford Festival website to purchase tickets.

Dr. Ballon’s performance is part of the Stratford Festival Forum, a series of presentations and performances meant to complement the main theatrical productions. The theme uniting the entire Stratford Festival program this year is "Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge". Shakespeare's King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed alongside favourites like “Crazy for You” and “Man of la Mancha", all on the theme of mental upheaval.

CAMH's Dr. David Goldbloom is the past Chair of the Board of the Stratford Festival; could this have anything to do with Stratford’s choice of a mental health theme?

Stratford Festival poster

Promoting this important unifying subject promises to help raise awareness of mental health for a whole new audience: the 600,000 visitors to the Stratford Festival over the course of a season. We saw it first hand at the kick-off event for the 2014 Stratford Festival Forum series held at Toronto's Koerner Hall on April 23 in honour of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Billed as the Shakespeare Slam, Dr. Goldbloom and musician Steven Paige debated actor Paul Gross and Lisa Brown of Workman Arts on the topic of madness and creativity: are they related?, followed by a performance by musician Hawksley Workman.

This is a series worth supporting!

 

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