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This fall you can spot Unison at a number of industry events. Ask questions, learn more, or just stop by and say ‘Hi’.

Folk Music Ontario, Oct 15-18
Toronto, Ontario
Our Executive Director, Sheila Hamilton, will be onsite for Folk Music Ontario’s 2015 conference in Toronto, and will be sitting on the Sat. Oct. 17 panel Maintaining Health: When Life Takes You Out of the Game.

MusicNL Week, Oct 14-18
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Unison’s Event Manager Amanda Power will be on Saturday's info session, Help Is There When You Need It. Buy your tickets and check out more panel and industry events details at
Nova Scotia Music Week, Nov 5-8
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Unison is delighted to be a part of this year’s Nova Scotia Music Week, and we’ll be announcing mores details shortly. In the meantime we want to draw your attention to the one of the announced panels:
On Sat. Nov. 7 there will be a keynote artist interview with Nova Scotia-based singer and songwriter, Adam Baldwin, addressing and challenging the stigmas associated with mental illness and suicide. Adam is a passionate advocate and an candid speaker. He’s helped to organize concerts in Halifax and Vancouver to celebrate the life and music of his friend Jay Smith, and to raise money for Unison as well as local mental health non-profits. We’d highly recommend you make time to hear him at NSMW.  More info at


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel

We’re at it again! Mark January 30, 2016 on your calendar for the second annual Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel.  Contact Amanda Power at for curling and sponsorship opportunities.


Our Event Manager Amanda was on the ground at BreakOut West this year with bundles of the Unison Guitar String Bracelets in need of a good home! We want to thank BreakOut West for welcoming us to the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards at the lovely Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Hotel.
Thank you also to Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother for being a fantastic host and speaking on behalf of Unison. We’re still hearing from attendees how Ryan’s speech inspired and motivated them to donate and get involved with Unison.

left to right: Ryan Guldemond and Amanda Power. photo by Yamila Franco


Want Your Own Bracelet to #WearInUnison?

You don’t have to find us in person to get one! They are available for $20 at Purchase yours and spread the good news: Unison is here for your friends and colleagues in the business!


When we donate to Unison we support our fellow dreamers, and let them know this community believes in them. Their dreams are still achievable even if an illness or injury slow them down.
- Chad Brownlee 

It was a spectacular East Coast party at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Halifax! We’re grateful to CCMA and our Halifax hosts for making Unison the charity of choice at the awards gala again this year, and donating a portion of ticket sales.
Chad Brownlee has spoken on behalf of Unison several times before, and we were honoured he stepped up again.
Chad Brownlee, hosting the 2015 CCMA Songwriters' Series. photo by Grant W Martin.


The 7th Annual Canadian Music Café brought together fantastic Canadian artists from across the nation and world class Music Supervisors of all filmed media for a unique showcase during the Toronto International Film Festival.
We're tremendously grateful to the Canadian Independent Music Association, the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the Ontario Media Development Corporation for inviting Unison to be a part of the cafe again this year, and to the Federal Government of Canada, via the Canada Music Fund, for making this event possible.


Congratulation to our IRONMAN Jodie! Jodie Ferenyhough, co-founder and past Chair of Unison, completed the 140.6 mile IROMAN triathlon in Muskoka on August 30 and raised over $2000 for Unison. 

Golf4Good 2015

This summer’s Golf4Good was a tremendous success! Over 130 Canadian music industry folks who came out to show their support and raised over $35,000 for Unison!

photos by Barry Roden.


In this newsletter we’re taking a few minutes to introduce you to the people you can reach out too, either when you are in need of Unison’s assistance, or when you are looking to support Unison’s efforts and provide for the Canadian music industry professionals in times of crisis.
Sheila Hamilton, Executive Director 
Sheila spent much of her career with the Canadian Country Music Association. After serving in various roles, she became the association’s Executive Director in 1988. In 2007, Sheila was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame for her role in developing the association and the country music industry in Canada.
In her role as the Executive Director of Unison, Sheila works with the Unison Board of Directors in the development of emergency assistance programs to benefit the music community. She is also the primary point of contact for applicants to the Financial Assistance program, helping them to navigate the application process and making sure their needs are properly expressed to the peer review committee.
Amanda Power, Event Manager
Amanda began her career while in college working with the local country radio station. On completing her Marketing diploma at Niagara College, Amanda skipped her own graduation ceremony and moved to Calgary to work with CMT Canada and volunteer with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). After many years working with the CCMA in various roles, Amanda branched out as an independent contractor to grow her experience in the industry. Inspired by a desire to learn as many aspects of the music business as possible, Amanda joined the team at Gibson Guitar Canada taking a lead role in sponsorship development, artist relations, and event management. While working with Gibson Guitar, Amanda continued to expanded her knowledge accepting contracts with CARAS/The JUNO Awards, EMI Music Canada, World Vision Canada, and Canadian Music Week.
Amanda brings over fifteen years of experience and extensive industry knowledge to her current role with Unison. If you have any questions about how you, your band or your organization can get involved with Unison, Amanda is here to answer them.
Our team is rounded out by our Creative Director, Bronwin Parks of Feisty Entertainment, who creates all the stunning artwork and promotional materials Unison’s uses, as well as designs and maintains our website; and Manda Lee Kennedy, who creates the messages that appear in social media, speeches, articles and emails that promote and demystify Unison’s services and successes.

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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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