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  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Masquerade for Mental Health

An event to learn, to share and to take off our masks

Saturday, September 9, 2017
From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Free admission and activities

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston invites you to ‘take off your mask’ and combat the stigma related to mental illness during the Masquerade for Mental Health. During this unique event made possible through the support of Bell Let’s Talk and our partners, the grounds of Rideau Hall will be transformed into a lively fair. Come and live this one-of-a-kind experience!

Starting at 6 p.m.
A key feature of this event will be a community zone—a space where you can engage with more than 40 mental health partners from across the country in an interactive and informal way, to discuss key issues and to share innovative practices and prevention strategies.

You are also invited to …

  • Enjoy presentations by artists from a variety of disciplines (music, dance, visual arts),
  • Visit the National Film Board tent to watch short films on mental health,
  • Create your own mask and wear it throughout the event.

At 8 p.m.
Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy mainstage performances by Canadian artists (Anglophone, Francophone and Indigenous).

During the evening, guests will be invited to take off their masks as a symbol of acceptance and solidarity.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of mental health and to engage the general public, particularly youth, in a dialogue on the importance of mental health.

Because no one should feel the need to wear a mask.

(All activities will take place rain or shine.)

With appearances by:


Séan McCann


Unity Charity


Damien Robitaille

Étienne Boulay

Geneviève Borne

Mental Health Community Zone Participants

  • AboutFace (Toronto, ON)
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team (Hawkesbury – Casselman, ON)
  • Association québécoise pour la réadaptation psychosociale – AQRP (Québec, QC)
  • Avenue 15 (Calgary, AB)
  • Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) (Ottawa, ON)
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, ON)
  • Causeway (Ottawa, ON)
  • Centre d’innovation des Premiers Peuples (Gatineau, QC)
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (Toronto, ON)
  • Chancellery of Honours
  • CHEO YouthNet (Ottawa, ON)
  • Covenant House (Vancouver, BC)
  • Fondation Jeunes en tête (Montréal, QC)
  • Guitar for VETS Canada (Halifax, NS)
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters—HIPPY Canada (Vancouver, BC)
  • Iqaluit Community Tukisigiarvik Society (Iqaluit, NU)
  • (Toronto, ON)
  • Kelty’s Key Program (Vancouver, BC)
  • Kids Help Phone
  • La Boussole (Québec, QC)
  • Lanark County Mental Health (Perth, ON)Le Mûrier (Montréal, QC)
  • Le Pavois (Sainte-Foy, QC)
  • Le Pont (Rouyn-Noranda, QC)
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada (Ottawa, ON)
  • Military Family Resource Centres
  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MSDC) (Ottawa, ON)
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Operation Come Home (Ottawa, ON)
  • Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre (Ottawa, ON)
  • Ottawa Therapy Dogs (Ottawa, ON)
  • Projet Intervention Prostitution de Québec – PIPQ (Québec, QC)
  • Providence Care (Kingston, ON)
  • Regroupement des organismes de base en santé mentale – ROBSM (Trois-Rivières, QC)
  • Respect Group Inc (Calgary, AB)
  • RISE Asset Development Rotman School of Management (Toronto, ON)
  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (Toronto, ON)
  • (Halifax, NS)
  • The Royal (Ottawa, ON)
  • Tranquil Acres (Kars, ON)
  • UNITY Charity (Toronto, ON)
  • Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (Ottawa, ON)
  • Wapikoni Mobile (Montréal, QC)
  • Workman Arts (Toronto, ON)
  • Yo Bro / Yo Girl Youth Initiative (Vancouver, BC)
  • Youville Centre (Ottawa, ON)