First annual Benefit Show for ‘The Heart of Life Fund’ at The MCH

Montreal, January 17, 2008. Not only does it harbor love, generosity and courage, the heart is above all else a muscle essential for life. However, only when it is damaged, do we truly realize its importance. In Quebec, one child out of every 100 is born with a cardiac abnormality. This number is ten times greater than all other childhood illnesses.

The Montreal Children’s Hospital “Heart Of Life Fund”, has chosen the month of February, the month in which we all celebrate love, to invite you to their first ever annual show to benefit children who suffer from “a broken heart”.  This is a unique opportunity, to gather and celebrate the joy of life.

My child, my life, my heart

Connie Rotella, internationally renowned choreographer, is the creator and producer of this show ‘THE HEART OF LIFE. In November 2005, Connie gave birth to Alessandro, who at only 3 days old underwent open heart surgery. During the 8 hour surgery, tons of emotions were tearing through Connie’s heart - - fear, anger and sadness, but also strength and the will to fight for her newborn son. By dedicating this show, The Heart of Life, to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and to a cause she holds close to her own heart, it comforts her to know that all profits will help other families conquer their deepest fears. Today, Alessandro is a healthy 2 year old. You will see him on stage where he will share his story with you.

The Heart of Life, more than a show; a gathering

The benefit show ”The Heart of Life”, is a tribute to life, and will be premiered here in Quebec. This unique production is a mix of dance, song and theatre which brings together creative and passionate children, singers and dancers. Through movement and voice you will journey with the children and their families through their battles and victories, witness their courage and joy of life. An experience so touching, you will undoubtedly remember it for a lifetime!

The most memorable moment of the show, will undoubtedly be the singing of the Heart of Life song, written by Connie Rotella, produced by Gardy Fury (Notre Dame de Paris, Generation Motown, Jack Paradise) and adapted by Emilie Josset ( Neuf, Chicago-french version)

The Cardio-Vascular Surgery Department at the Montreal Children’s Hospital is among the best in the world. The pediatric Cardiology Department is fortunate to have two of the best specialists in the world: Dr. Christo Tchervenkov, Cardiovacular surgeon and Dr. Marie Beland, Cardiologsit and 2006 recipient of the MCH Leadership award. Every dollar raised through this show will support research and purchase much needed equipment for the pediatric Cardiology Department of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

The ”Heart of Life” Benefit Show
February 10th, 2008 at 3:00pm, and February 24th, 2008 at 3:00pm
Centre Leonardo Da Vinci in Saint-Leonard
8370 boulevard Lacordaire
Reservations : 514-955-8370
Tickets : 35$ taxes included

As Of February 1st, The Heart of Life Fund will be selling gift cards for $10.00, containing a CD of the Heart of Life song in French and English. These beautifully crafted cards will be available for purchase at the show, or by sending an email to or by phone at 514-366-7927.  A unique way to tell the people close to your heart how much you love them.

Source: Fonds Au Cœur de la Vie
Connie Rotella
(514) 366-7927

Medias: BEATA Communications
Béata Ginel (514) 378-9063