Featuring Shifting Focus Art Exhibit with Sandra Antoniani
A natural talent with a powerful story, Michelle Titian is a world-class Canadian singer-songwriter who brings raw emotion and real substance to a yearning music industry. With poignant lyrics and emotive performances, Michelle’s upcoming album is a true testament to the strength that can manifest through vulnerability and the beautiful connections that can be built through an honest soul.
Michelle’s intrinsic musical talent allows her to effortlessly arrange melodies and harmonies that tap into human emotions and share artful lyrics that speak to the human soul. Her songs are an open and unashamed exposure of her battle with alcohol and depression, her journey to recovery and the love she feels for her life now.
Through life experience, incredible courage and raw talent, Michelle challenges the listener to believe in the person behind all the adversity and to tune into a world of fresh vocals and inspiring sounds. Creating from a place of self-awareness and pure consciousness, Michelle’s singer-songwriter status is deeply rooted in peace and authenticity, inspiring her audience to let go and simply be in the moment with themselves and with her music.
During Michelle’s musical performance, we will use our video wall to display poignant lyrics from Michelle’s songs along with photos by Sandra Antoniani, a Hamilton attorney who created a work of art called “Shifting Focus”. This piece which has been displayed at the AGH is a collection of photos that gives a voice to people recovering from addiction by highlighting their individual stories. During each concert, we incorporate a “Science Snapshot” where an expert in the field gives a short talk aimed at the public about the science behind the ‘theme’ of the show. The speaker for this concert will be Candice Graydon, an addictions researcher from the University of Waterloo.
Students at the University will also be involved in this creative and powerful event. The Artists at McMaster, a student club under the MSU, held a Digital Art Workshop in the LIVELab on Feb 11 with the theme “What Does Mental Health Mean to You?”. Their work will be published in a zine and released in a special exhibition in the LIVELab on the evening of Tuesday, February 25th. In the afternoon of the same day, Michelle Titian will do a pop-up performance in the McMaster University Student Center (MUSC) at 12:30pm – 1:30pm with Artists at McMaster to provide resources and support for students such as SWELL and Open Circle. We will be giving away 2 tickets to Michelle’s concert on Friday evening.
As community outreach, a group of 45 students from Westdale High School will be visiting the LIVELab in the afternoon of Feb 28 to view the art exhibits, tour the lab and hear Michelle perform live and give her story.
With our ongoing research on music and health, we are in a unique position to inspire others, to raise awareness and take part in the sharing of information, tools, and support for mental health issues.
“Every so often a talent comes along that speaks to our souls. Their stories inspire us to turn the page and start a new chapter. Michelle Titian is such an artist. Her music is heartwarming and exhilerating.” – Debbie Travis, Broadcast/Producer (Painted House)
Science Snapshot by Candice Grayson, Addictions Researcher, University of Waterloo