Release: Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s BMO Bank of Montreal A Different Stage of Mind sells out tickets one month before event

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is “seeing stars.”  On February 20, 2015, the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax will play host to a sold out fundraiser in support of the Foundation. BMO Bank of Montreal’s A Different Stage of Mind is a variety show featuring Nova Scotian community leaders performing in the roles of musical stars.

This year’s show features performances from five groups of stars. Each group is committed to raising $50,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia in the months leading up to the event through ticket sales, fundraisers, and high end sponsorships. Groups are competing for the People’s Choice and Top Fundraising Awards.

In early January, half the tickets to the event were sold out. By the end of January, the Foundation had to put a hold on tickets and devise a strategy to accommodate more space for seating in the WTCC ballroom. Attendance is now capped at 624 guests, and those on the waiting list for tickets could easily fill another 100 seats.

We are overwhelmed by the response to this year's show," says Starr Dobson, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President & CEO. "The demand for tickets certainly speaks to the calibre and passion of our stars. It's obvious our supporters share our vision of wanting to see Nova Scotians living with mental illness thriving in our communities.”

A Different Stage of Mind will be hosted by Mayor Mike Savage. Those in attendance will be treated to performances from:

Copacabana: A theatrical troupe of singers, dancers and actors from Cape Breton, led by Cambridge Suites Sydney General Manager, Michele Bianchini

James Taylor: Lindsay Construction Executive Vice President, Kirby Putnam

The Grease Group:  Spa-Dee-Da Founder & Partner, Jody McComb MacDonald; BMO Nesbitt Burns Vice President & Wealth Advisor, Marc Champoux;  Mills Halifax Co-Owner, and Partner, Stewart McKelvey, Lisa Gallivan; Himmelman & Associates President, Brian Himmelman; All Nova Scotia Reporter, Eva Hoare; DHX Media Executive Vice President Corporate Development & IR, David Regan; Sacred Heart School of Halifax Director of Advancement, Miriam Regan;  Stuart & Davidson Orthodontics’ Dr. Dan Stuart; Theriault Financial Owner, Jeff Theriault

The Old Spice Girls: Bullfrog Power Inc. National Sales Director, Holly Bond; Mondia Alliance Territory Sales Representative, Nancy Johnston; LimeLight Group President & Founder, Kim King; CBC Radio Information Morning Producer, Diane Paquette; Revolve Senior Brand Strategist, Carol Ritchie

The Women for Mental Health: A 32-member women’s choir composed of Nova Scotia business leaders and mental health advocates, led by Jane Davies

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia extends gratitude to all sponsors and supporters who have already made this event a huge success. Special thanks to presenting sponsor BMO Bank of Montreal; A/V Sponsor, Sound Systems Plus; Branding Sponsor, Revolve; Event Sponsor, ZedEvents great productions; Media Sponsor, CTV News Atlantic; and Video & Animation Sponsor, Egg Studios. 

More information about A Different Stage of Mind can be found online at



About the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.  We raise funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide.


Press is welcome to cover this event, please notify if joining us February 20th.


Colleen Fraser, Communications Coordinator
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

T: (902) 464-3210

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

Suite 1120, 300 Pleasant Street

Dartmouth, NS   B2Y 3Z9