Mysterious Barricades: Let’s Talk About Mental Health! – curious arts

This Sunday, September 10th, let’s talk about mental health! Just about everyone is affected by mental illness, either directly or indirectly. However, there is still a significant amount of stigma surrounding the topic of mental health. So this Sunday, join us in Convocation Hall for the Mysterious Barricades concert, which was initiated by the U of A’s Elizabeth Turnbull, to help us work towards improving discussions about mental health.

Elizabeth Turnbull and Laurier Fagnan

Not only does this concert support a wonderful cause but it’s also a pretty unique event. It isn’t every day you experience students, staff and alumni performing together and that’s exactly what the Mysterious Barricades concert promises! This music filled day will showcase a variety of musicians, such as the Music Department’s Chair, Dr. William Street. Another expected highlight will be the performance by internationally acclaimed opera singer and U of A vocal professor, John Tessier. Also, student ensembles, such as the talented Madrigal Singers led by chorus master Leonard Ratzlaff, will also be performing. There will also be a performance by Curt Young, an indigenous artist and advocate for the well-being and mental health of indigenous individuals. However, these are only a few of the wonderful performers filling up the event’s 22 hours!

In between all the fantastic musical performances there will also be a variety of speakers addressing the topics of mental health and suicide. These speakers include The Chair of the Board of Governors Michael Phair, City Councilor Scott McKeen, MP Randy Boissonault and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Lesley Cormack.

This day will be packed with fantastic, one of a kind performances and conversations! We’d love it if you would take some time on Sunday to come out and support your fellow staff and students, as well as contribute to engaging discussions about mental health.

More information can be found on the Mysterious Barricades website, including a place to live stream the event if you are unable to attend!

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