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NEWSLETTER – WINTER 2015

 
It’s been a fantastic few months for Unison, so we’re taking a look back at the amazing ways the community has come together to support our programs.
 
A ton of teams returned for the second annual Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel, to build their curling skills and compete for the new and improved Unison Rocks Trophy. We were also delighted to have returning Unison Rocks sponsors, Music Canada, Slaight Music and Sony Music Canada, and new sponsor Warner Music Canada.
 
The 2016 Unison Bonspiel trophy was claimed by Six Shooter Records’ Queens of the Stoneage, with the Sweeping Beauties of Ticketmaster handily taking home the “Most Potential” award. Congratulations to the winning teams and thank you to all of this year’s participants!
 

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Want to run a Bonspiel of your own?
Curling may have been developed in Scotland, but it sure feels like a profoundly Canadian way to spend a day! Bonspiels—that is, curling tournaments—have been a big part of Unison’s fundraising since the very beginning and we want to help you create your own DIY Bonspiel! Check it out here.

In December, the tremendous success of the Unison Holiday Schmoozefest guaranteed that our first holiday party wouldn’t be our last. Over 400 music industry notables came out to mingle and make merry in Toronto, and raised over $10,000! 

Were you at the Bonspiel or Schmoozefest?! Visit the full photo galleries here.
 
photos by Barry Roden  

PEAK Performance Project Alberta  

We’re thrilled that the Alberta PEAK Performance Project made Unison a part of their spectacular project this fall. The PEAK Performance Project is a seven-year, $4.9 million contest open to all musicians in Alberta, run by Alberta Music and 95.3 The PEAK in Calgary, AB. Modeled after PEAK Performance Project BC, which completed its seven year cycle this year, PEAK Performance Project Alberta invites twelve finalists from Alberta to an intensive one-week training program in the music business, live performance, songwriting, marketing and promotion.
 
At the finale this year, Leeroy Stagger took home the top prize of $100,953.00, with second place ($75,000) going to The Royal Foundry and third place to ($50,000) to TRANSIT. In addition to those top prizes, a $5,000 base camp award is given to each of the Top 12 bands to help them with their career development.
 
PEAK Performance Alberta also donated the door sales from the four PEAK Showcases and the finale—over $8,500 total!
To find out more about PEAK Performance Alberta visit: peakperformanceproject.com.

FIND US THIS SPRING

East Coast Music Week April 13 – 17
Sydney, NS
At this year’s ECMA Unison has partnered with award winning singer songwriter and the founder of IT’S MENTAL, Amelia Curran, to present the panel Advocacy And Survival on Thursday, April 14. Amelia will discuss our responsibilities as artists to advocate for ourselves, each other, and to change the perception of mental illness and addiction in our world.
 
Canadian Music Week Broadcast and Music Industry Awards May 5, 2016
Toronto, ON
It’s CMW’s biggest night—the annual industry celebration that brings together the pioneers and builders of our industry, and once-in-a-lifetime performances. Naturally, Unison will be there once again.
 
Unison Jam, June 2016
Toronto, ON
The Unison Jam will return in June 2016! After last year’s incredible night of performances by Finger Eleven, I Mother Earth, Kim Mitchell Jason McCoy, The Trews and Tom Wilson, we knew we couldn’t just stop there. Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more information coming up very soon!
 
Golf4Good Charity Golf Tournament, June 29, 2016
Mississauga, ON
Golf4Good, the Canadian Entertainment Charity Golf Tournament, has been donating to Canadian charities for over 20 years and has raised more than half a million dollars. Held this year at the Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre in Mississauga, registration and sponsorship opportunities will be posted at Golf4Good.com. This event sells out! 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS FROM TELUS 

The Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF) announced a new partnership this fall with TELUS Communications. Members and partners of MMF are eligible for exclusive pricing on TELUS plans, including 2-year rate plans starting as low as $55 a month and the TELUS Roam Ready U.S. Offer. TELUS has generously extended the same offer to everyone registered with Unison and for each device activated under the Music Managers Forum Program, TELUS will donate $25 to the Unison Benevolent Fund. 
 
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.  You will be asked to provide information on your membership or partnership with MMF.

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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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EMAIL: info@unisonfund.ca
PHONE: 416.479.0675
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