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Artists Making a Difference 

Artists across Canada are putting a spotlight on the many reasons an individual, or family may come to rely on Unison.

Built on the philosophy “For the music community – by the music community”, Unison’s goal is to connect with all members of the Canadian music industry so they can come to us if they need help. Think of Unison as your community insurance policy – a safeguard for your own future and the future of the music industry.  

photo: Leeroy Stagger performs during "Beard Out West", 2013.

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Holiday Tribute Gifts
Giving back this Holiday Season 

In this season filled with joy and abundance it is important to remember those less fortunate; those who have suffered from illness or faced hardships that are difficult to bear. Over this last year Unison Benevolent Fund has seen a dramatic increase in demand for all of the counseling and healthy living programs currently offered and even more so for the financial assistance program, which will be launched when we have reached the goal of one million dollars in our endowment fund.

When going over your holiday gift list, please consider a tribute gift donation to Unison–a simple way to honour the spirit of generosity, creativity and ingenuity of the artists on your roster. As always, all donors receive a charitable tax receipt for the full value of their contribution. Your charitable gift makes a lasting contribution to the Unison Benevolent Fund and will go to support the Canadian music community year after year.

To recognize your generosity, Unison has created two holiday cards, free to download at to accompany your tribute gift donations - one for emailing and one to print at home.

For more information or to make a donation please visit

Thank you to the following artists
who have supported Unison over the past months

>> Canadian rock statesmen and rock and roll hall of famers – RUSH – donated $1.00 for every ticket sold on five performance dates this summer. 
>> Great Big Sea’s front man Alan Doyle partnered with Yellow Tail Wines, made music with wine glasses and proceeds from the video were donated to Unison.

>> Quebec singer, songwriter, performer Florence K became a Unison spokesperson.

>> The Skydiggers are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and supporting Unison’s benefits programs with a portion of the proceeds" from  their new Christmas EP, "Angels". 

>> Many artists have performed for Unison so those in the music community can follow their dreams: Michael Arthur, Kris Barclay, Terry Blankley, Country Rehab, Ron Davis, Brian Donkers, Patrick Dune, Sandy Duperval, Wendell Ferguson, Peter Freer, Michael George, The Good Brothers, Cadence Grace, Don Graham, David James, Alana Jenish, Stacey Kaniuk, Carli & Julie Kennedy, Chantal Kreviazuk, Paul Mather, One More Girl, Steve Rivers, Howard Ross, Thomas Wade, Billy J. White and Tom Wilson.

photo: Florence K.

From the Jazz World 

>> The next jazz event planned will feature Florence K. at the Jazz Bistro (formerly Top O’ The Senator) on Tuesday December 3 at 8pm. The evening will feature some big-name surprise guests!  

>> Jaymz Bee has raised over five thousand from donations collected at his birthday bash and Genevieve (Gigi) Marentette sang at a benefit concert during the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

>> JAZZ.FM91, a charity in its own right, even contributed to Unison, understanding the importance of looking after people in the music industry who are without pensions, etc.

>> Pianist Ron Davis fuses Jazz and Symphony Orchestra in “Symphronica” on  Sundays, October 27, and November 3 and 10  at Toronto’s Lula Lounge . $1 from each ticket sold goes to Unison.   

>> Alex Pangman, Barbra Lica, Robert Scott & Great Bob Scott, The Royal Jelly Quartet, Heavyweights Brass Band, Richard Underhill's, Astro Groove, Randy Bachman, Genevieve Marentette, Sam Broverman, Barbra Lica, Pam Hyatt and countless others have been involved in benefit concerts to raise money and awareness for Unison Fund!

photo: Ron Davis.

The Music Community Comes Together

As the saying goes “It takes a village…”. Unison is very grateful for the support and generosity of our music community.  Since the last Unison newsletter many fabulous events have contributed towards Unison’s endowment fund.
>> The Cannibal Café in Vancouver put a dunk tank on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant to raise money for Unison.

>> The Canadian Country Music Association’s Gala Dinner during Country Music Week showcased Unison with a great speech by One More Girl and proceeds from the ticket sales of this event were donated, along with a donation in lieu of delegate bags.
>> Jazz Goes To the Movies as part of TIFF in Toronto had the crowds swinging to the sounds of Hollywood North Starlight Orchestra at the romantic Palais Royale. Proceeds from the night were donated to Unison.
>> The first “Beard Out West” as part of BreakOut West took place at The Palomino Smokehouse in Calgary. Real beards and fake beards were seen everywhere. Thanks to Brent Oliver and Spencer Brown for organizing – look for news of the 2nd Annual Beard Out West and start growing guys.
>> The Benevolent Beer & Burlesque Show at The Drake Hotel in Toronto was a fabulously humorous stage show, many thanks to Julia Train and Rick Fenton for getting the industry together to raise some money for Unison in this unique way.
>> The Cadillac Lounge in Toronto presented Wednesday Night Music Club Songwriters in the Round, featuring Steve Rivers, Billy J. White, Carl & Julie Kennedy, Brian Donkers, and Don Graham.  The cover charge of $5.00 was generously donated to Unison.
Please check out for details on these events and for future innovative ways the music community is building awareness and funds for Unison.

The Unison Newsletter acknowledges the support of The SOCAN Foundation.  

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Unison is not membership based, however, we ask that everyone in the music community go on-line and register with Unison. Please tell your friends and colleagues to visit even though you may never need to access the fund, we are working on initiatives that will help the music community as a whole and it helps us communicate with you about our events and programs. Of course, the registration information will always be kept strictly confidential. We will NOT sell or give your information to anyone else, ever.
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