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NEWSLETTER – FALL 2016

Re:Sound brings together Canadian Music companies and raises over $20K



On September 28th organizers from Re:Sound packed the house at Revival for their 4th annual fundraiser concert. This years event, Re:Wind – Pop Through the Decades, saw talented bands from Re:Sound as well as CMRRA, SOCAN and Music Canada perform energetic sets of some memorable tracks from the 1960s onwards. The bands were made up entirely of employees from the four companies—many of whom are also working musicians. 
Together they raised over $20,000 for Unison!
 
photo by Ryan Fitzgibbon
 

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Brenda WalshBrenda Walsh Memorial 

On July 2nd, musicians and music lovers gathered to rekindle old friendships and honour a long-passed and much-loved friend and mentor, their high school music teacher Brenda Walsh.
Brenda passed away in 1996, and was a musical facilitator and an incredible resource for the young musicians who studied under her. She is dearly remembered by her students as a teacher who empowered young musicians to practice and enhance their craft, as well as a great friend and cheerleader. 

A special thank you to Ron Edwards and the staff at Duffy's, to musicians Steve Tadros, Sule Heitner, Jayme Tartaglia, Dino Deluca, Peter Pugliese and to all who attended or watched online. Unison is honoured to have been made a small part of such a lovely memorial.

Canadian Music Café

Our partnership continued this year with the Canadian Music Café, which kindly donates the $25 submission fee to Unison. Each performing act is compensated for their showcase and performs for an outstanding group of Music Supervisors from Canada and the US during the Toronto International Film Festival.
We're tremendously grateful to the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Canadian Music Publishers Association for inviting Unison to be a part of the cafe again this year.

Choir Nation Launches!

Choir Nation is a brand new Canadian company that launched this fall with an event that also raised money their three charity partners: Momentum Choir, MusicCounts and Unison.
Find out more about Choir Nation and their holiday program, Harmonies For Health, at ChoirNation.ca.

Polaris Prize Partnership

The big winner of the 2016 Polaris Music Prize was hip-hop artist/producer Kaytranada, who walked away with the $50,000 grand prize. It was also the day Unison joined MusicCounts as a charity partner with the Polaris Music Prize. Big thank you Polaris Music Prize founder Steve Jordan for inviting us into the family and helping more Canadian music professionals find their way to Unison.

IN SUPPORT OF UNISON

Brett Kissel at the Canadian Country Music Awards
Unison is hearing from more and more people every - single - day - people who have worked HARD for the artists. 
People who have worked HARD for the audiences. 
People who have worked hard for the fans throughout their careers.

Jay Semko at the Western Canadian Music Awards  
“It’s the love of music that unites us—it binds us together. It carries us though a lifetime and takes us places we never imagined.
But—there are moments in life when we need more than just the music to keep us going. When we need something beyond the support that even the very best friends in this room can offer."


Murray Foster at Folk Music Ontario 
“Choir Nation came into existence within this community and we were focused on being a constructive and positive force within it. That is why we choose to donate 6% of profits to three amazing music-related charities. For us, there was no question that Unison would be one of them.
I donate to Unison to make sure everyone in this business has an ally in their moment of crisis, a place to turn to without fear or cost and with the promise that a short-term emergency doesn’t have to turn into a career-ender.”

photo by Grant Martin, featuring Brett Kissel

SAVE THE DATE(S)

As promised, the 2nd Annual Schmoozefest is confirmed for Monday, December 12 at Toronto’s chic Spice Route Bistro+Bar. Courtesy of our newest Schmoozefest sponsor, Universe, tickets this year will be $25 inclusive. That means no extra fees at checkout and 100% of what you pay goes straight towards Unison programs and services!
Tickets will be on sale shortly. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for first crack at them.
 

Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel

Twice the number of teams will square off in the ever-expanding Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel at High Park Curling Club in Toronto on Friday, January 27th and vie for the title of “Masters” and the coveted Unison Rocks Trophy!
Registration includes two games, lunch, dinner and prizes – a great day for a company team – and all proceeds support the Unison Benevolent Fund. Registration will open soon!
 

Interested in becoming a Curling Champ for Charity?

Check out How to Host a DIY Bonspiel.

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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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