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Mark Wihlidal (of Mark Wihlidal and the Doctors of Music) has experienced a great amount of attention on his musical career in the last year or so, and wanted to give something back and with his close connection to Sandy Graham as an industry icon and her position as Chair of the Drive Foundation of Canada, mental health and wellness was something Mark could totally embrace.

“I am so excited for myself and the guys from Mark and the Doctors of Music to be putting on a show in Oshawa for CMHA Durham and the Drive Foundation of Canada combining Music and Mental Health awareness in this great event. I first got the idea from Sandy Graham as her involvement with the Drive Foundation got me thinking of what I could do to help out around my home town,” says Mark.

“I attended a Drive Foundation event and I realized that the Oshawa area could use an event of this type. It’s been at least a year that have been slowly putting together an event that involves music and more importantly raising some funds and awareness for mental health and wellness here in the Durham region. We have had experience in raising funds before so we are excited to do the same at the event. Giving is always better.”

Please join us for a night of music for CMHA Durham (Oshawa M H ) and The Drive Foundation!

Event Details:

Venue: The Jubilee Pavilion 55 Lakeview Dr., Oshawa 

Date: Friday November 17th, 2024. Doors: 7PM, Music: 8:30PM

Please note: Seating is limited, first come, first served. This is an 18+ event.

Tickets: $25 cover, limited tickets available.

Tickets available via e-transfer from, at Kops Records (34 King St., East Oshawa), and the Oshawa Community Credit Union (214 King St., Oshawa).

For more information, contact  

Don Graham Like a river, ever constant and ever moving, Don Graham and his music just keep rolling along. He was been signed to record labels, Gamma/Aquarius, MCA/ Kapp, Amber Records and is now on the EMG Collectives label. A track recorded at RCA in Toronto in the ‘70s was recently included on a compilation disc on Mexican Summer Records out of NYC. He has had songs recorded by Canadian legend Bobby Curtola, has written songs with Grammy nominated Grand Ole Opry star Michael Peterson and was signed to Irving Almo the same year as Eddie Schwarz and Bryan Adams. Don has recorded in Montreal, Toronto, Austin, Texas and most recently in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with legendary producer Norbert Putnam behind the board. He has performed all over North America as well as Norway, Sweden, Austria and France.

Last year Don’s song and video “You Can Count On Me” was featured in the global broadcast of the international Earth Celebration, Heal The Earth that featured artists ranging from Tommy James, David Pomeranz, Andy Kim and Murray McLauchlan. He opened for folk icon Eric Andersen, The Songpoet, and last month Eric personally requested Don to record a version of his song “The Hustler” for a recently released tribute album featuring the songs of Eric Andersen with contributions from Linda Ronstadt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan and many more. Don continues to perform and tour, and is presently writing songs for his new album.

“The life of a touring musician is not for the faint of heart. The music and performing is the easiest part of the job, it’s the in between hours that are the most difficult. The bright lights, cheering crowds and the rush of performing is in stark contrast to the down time. Hours spent in lonely hotel rooms with nothing but the silence of the room and your own thoughts can lead to anxiety and depression until the next “fix” the following night. There is no manual to guide you through it, so it’s important to develop coping skills and an understanding of the situation. The Drive Foundation is a great vehicle to help develop those skills in the artistic community.”

Don Graham

Kayleigh Lebak is a graphic designer and illustrator with nearly two decades’ experience.  American by birth and international by choice, she and her trusty laptop have circled the globe, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to independent upstarts.  She first cut her teeth working with non-profit organizations and to this day has a special love for working with charities and festivals.  Together with her partner Boyan Pinter, she is one of the forces behind SPIKE – Bulgarian Music Showcase, Bulgaria’s first showcase festival and music conference, and its precursor SIMC – Sofia International Music Showcase.

The Drive Foundation is the perfect partner for this designer to use her skills and connections in service of the greater good.

“I am excited to join the Drive Foundation as part of the Board of Directors and put my skills and passion to work in sharing the Drive Foundation’s powerful message about the importance of speaking openly about mental health and addiction and supporting each other on our journeys.”

– Kayleigh Lebak

Boyan Pinter (né Boiadjiev) has been working in Music for 22 years. He was formally trained as guitarist and composer under the tutelage of Allyson Applebaum (Wells) Ph.D. in Houston, Texas. Jumping from being a stage performer to a production coordinator, Boyan wanted to get involved on a deeper level with the programming and organization of large-scale events, which led him to work with the Lotus World Music And Arts Festival in Bloomington, IN under Lee Williams and LuAnne Holladay. In the early 2010s Boyan was called to work as an event production specialist in Bulgaria where he worked with some of the biggest names in music including Aerosmith, Mark Knopfler, Nigel Kennedy, Hans Zimmer, Cirque Du Soleil, Iron Maiden, Roger Waters, Queen + Adam Lambert, etc.

Boyan is a regular attendee and speaker at music conferences where he talks, among other things, about the grueling behind the scenes schedule that production crew members face on a daily basis. He currently books international shows for venues in Bulgaria and the wider Eastern European region and is the founder of SPIKE – Bulgarian Music Showcase: a platform for networking, education, and showcasing young artists and songwriters. His commitment to production has earned Boyan a place in the crew of the Green Futures Field at Glastonbury Festival, the largest and most prestigious event in Europe, which welcomes the biggest names in music to an audience of 175 000 people.

„It is a real privilege for me to be joining the Drive Foundation as part of the Board of Directors. Mental Health is truly the proverbial elephant in the room that we never properly address when dealing with the stresses of the industry. I see many examples of the impact it has on both seasoned and developing music professionals across the industry. I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences and use my network to raise awareness of these issues. I look forward to developing workshops and programs that help our people recognize triggering situations and help them cope and recover from the inherent mental imbalance that our work brings about.”

It is such an honour to be able to announce that The Drive Foundation will be out in full force February 15-18, 2023 both in Stockholm and Norrkoping, Sweden as part of the Future Echoes program.

With Chair Sandy Graham, Board Members Peter Astedt (founder of Future Echoes), Boyan Pinter (Treasurer and Spike Festival), Kayleigh Lebak (Board Advisory & Spike Festival) Gail Harvey (Ambassador/Director/Producer) and founder of Drive Foundation Michelle Titian (Moderator/Performing Artist) – we have not one but 6 extraordinary representatives on the ground participating in panels, meet and greets, performances, B2B’s and generally just spreading the word on our first group participation in Europe.

Other appearances and participation in 2023 to be announced soon.

For more on Future Echoes visit

To support The Drive Foundation on these initiatives please consider donating (no amount is too small).

The Drive Foundation invites you to join us on on November 4th, 2022 for our fundraising gala!

Be our guest for an uplifting evening of film, music, and art at the AGH Art Gallery of Hamilton. Enjoy a screening of director Ryan Furlong’s film Sleepers (featuring Tom Wilson), musical performances by Michelle Titian & special guests, and an exhibition of pieces by Living Rock Youth Resources Arts of August winners!

Tickets now available through Eventbrite.

Full details on the flyer below.