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NEWSLETTER – WINTER 2017

Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel
SOLD OUT!



We doubled our capacity for the 3rd Annual Unison Rocks
—and sold it out once again!

We’ll see our 20 teams square off on January 27th, with incredible prizes and a year’s worth of bragging rights on the line.
 
Thank you to this year’s Unison Rocks Sponsors:
 
 

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Hurry Hard!
The Inaugural Ottawa Bonspiel is February 4th
   

The Ottawa 2017 JUNO Host Committee welcomes the Ottawa community—and anyone headed to town for MEGAPHONO—to be a part of the first ever Ottawa Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel.
 
It’s a great way for the local industry to engage, raise awareness, and of course money, for two Canadian music charities—Unison and MusiCounts.
 
Space is very limited! If you’d like to part of the Ottawa Bonspiel fill out your registration form and it send it to the Ottawa organizers ASAP!

Holiday Schmoozefest 2016

The Unison Holiday Schmoozefest proved yet again to be so much more than a just a holiday party. Thanks to our incredible sponsors, nearly one in ten revellers took home an awesome door prize.

The music community dug deep, and raised double last years total, $20,000! All of which is invested back into Unison’s counselling and emergency assistance programs.
 
Did you have your photo taken with Santa at the Schmoozefest? Find your shot here.
 
Thank you to all of this year’s Schmoozefest sponsors; Entertainment One, Labatt Brewing Company, Slaight Music, SOCAN, Sony Music, The Arts & Entertainment Plan, Universal Music, Universe, and Warner Music—and to our staff, board members and volunteers for making the night possible!

Paul MacLeod, In Memorial

This past June our music community lost an extraordinary talent—Paul MacLeod. Remembered by his friends and collaborators as a kind and deeply generous musician, Paul was a multi-instrumentalist, a prolific songwriter, and an exciting performer. His loss was deeply felt throughout his community in Kitchener-Waterloo, and there was an outpouring of fondest memories on social media from friends across the country.
 
A memorial concert was planned and, in honour of Paul, no musicians were announced. The poster was designed to appear as Paul's show. The show sold out so quickly a second had to be added on the same day.
 
All of the bands donated their time and Waterloo’s Starlight Social Club covered the majority of the costs. After the amazing night was finished, the organizers generously choose to donate the $10,000 raised to the Unison Benevolent Fund in Paul’s honour.
 
To read a bit more about Paul and the incredible memorial concert in his name, please click here.

Project WILD

We’re honoured to have been a made a part of Project WILD this year—an artist development program in Alberta run by the Wild 93 and the CRTC, and spiritual successor to the PEAK Program of previous years.
 
At the final showcase, Edmonton-based country band The Dungarees took home the top prize of $100,953.  Second Place of $75K went to Sykamore and Ken Stead of Edmonton took home $50K. Proceeds from ticket sales from the showcase were donated to Unison.

SOCAN Launches Merch
—Donates the shirt off their back

 SOCAN’s new merchandise store opened in December 2016, just in time to appear under Canadian Christmas trees! The Music 's Everybody tees embraces the simple truth; It’s not just that everyone loves music, music has love for everyone.
 
To grab your own, visit the SOCAN merch store, and keep your eyes peeled for new upcoming designs!
 

A Great Year for Music Canada Live, and a new partnership

Unison is proud to have entered a long-term, Official Supporter relationship with Music Canada Live, which raises awareness of the economic, social and cultural benefits of live music in Canada. To find out more about the advocacy and resources available through Music Canada Live, check out their 2016 Year in Review.

Think of Spring—Save the Date

The date for the 2017 Canadian Entertainment Charity Golf Classic has been set! On Wednesday, June 21st the tournament will return to the beautiful Lionhead Golf Club in Brampton.
 
The 2017 tournament is being expanded to 288 golfers playing on both golf courses, Legends and Masters. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and registration will open shortly. Visit Golf4Good.com for details.

Telus & MMF, Exclusive Pricing for Unison Registrants

We’re stronger when we ban together. The Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF) has a partnership with TELUS Communications that is also open to all registered members of Unison.


 
For more information on this program please go to TELUS's authorized dealer at tomharris.com. To gain access, please login under "EPP Login" using the code "music".  Or use this direct link at https://tomharris.wirelessdealer.ca/b2b/default.aspx?AC=7JX4Z0E8EZ2RILI.

Bell Let's Talk Day 2017 is 
Wednesday, January 25

Bell Let's Talk Day 2017 is Wednesday, January 25. It’s a great chance to up your game in the fight against mental-health stigma and let everyone in Canada living with a mental illness hear our voices of support. To find out more about Bell Let’s Talk, visit the national site, letstalk.bell.ca.
 
#BellLetsTalk also a great chance to remind your music community friends and colleagues they have a source of confidential and professional help in Unison!

Created by the Canadian music community,
for the Canadian music community.



The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, or economic difficulties. 
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EMAIL: info@unisonfund.ca
PHONE: 416.479.0675
WEBSITE: unisonfund.ca

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a Canadian registered charity. Charitable Registration # 80741 4057 RR0001

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