Music Industry Charity Curling Tournament Raises $25K for Unison Benevolent Fund

[![Photo by Barry Roden](/content/images/2018/01/UnisonRocks2018_photoby_BarryRoden-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2018/01/UnisonRocks2018_photoby_BarryRoden.jpg)Photo by Barry Roden
On Jan. 26th, Unison Rocks returned for the fourth year to Toronto’s High Park Curling Club. The sold-out charity bonspiel saw the Unison Rocks trophy pass into new hands and raised a recording-setting $25,000 for the Unison Benevolent Fund.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to bring the Toronto music community together for a day,” says Derrick Ross, Chair of Unison’s Board of Directors. “For the majority of participants it’s their first time curling ever, and the sportsmanship and enthusiasm everyone brings to this event is inspiring. The money raised here today represents hundreds of hours of professional, private counselling and assistance for Canadian music workers.”

This year’s Unison Rocks 2018 winners are:

– In first place, Skip, Spare & The Sweeping Hacks, the team of Mike Rice, Mark Russom, Phil Gumbley and Angela Kozak.

– In 2nd place, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment team, Button Cummings.

– In a tie, Cute as a Button and Rockettes — both** Ticketmaster **teams — shared the Team Spirit Award.

– The Sportsmanship Award was presented to AFBS Insurance’s team, Insurance Rocks.

Unison thanks the sponsors of the 2018 Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel; AFBS Arts & Entertainment Plan, FACTOR, Music Canada, Slaight Music, Sony Music Canada, Universal Music Canada, UP Cannabis, Warner Music Canada, and catering sponsor Mapie & Co.

This 2018 competing teams were:

  • AFBS Arts & Entertainment Plan (Insurance Rocks)
  • Coalition Music/Canada’s Music Incubator  (The Sheet Disturbers)
  • FACTOR (Boniel Spielsar and the Freudian Slips)
  • Live Nation (Rush Hour 4 “The Team”)
  • The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall (Started from the Bonspiel)
  • MLSE (Button Cummings and 2Hack Shakur)
  • Music Canada (MC Hammer and Glitching To Slide)
  • Official Community (Curl Haggard)
  • Perkopolis (Perky’s Posse)
  • RBC (RBSweeps)
  • Re:Sound (Spice**Curls)
  • Slaight Music (Slaight Stoners)
  • SOCAN (Unlicensed To Play)
  • Sony Music Canada (Curl Jam)
  • Ticketmaster (Cute As A Button and Rockettes)
  • Universal Music Canada (The Uni Hurry Hards)
  • and the Skip, Spare & The Sweeping Hacks team of Mike Rice of RPM Promotion, professional musician Mark Russom, and Phil Gumbley and Angela Kozak of FACTOR.

Unison Rocks will hit the rink again in Ottawa on Feb. 24th with the local music industry and business community coming together in support of Unison. Organized by the team at the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), those interested in participating are asked to pull together three of their friends and enter a team. Find out more, or register now by visiting their website.

Unison also wants to help folks put on their own Bonspiels — that is, curling tournaments — which have been a big part of Unison’s fundraising since the very beginning and they want to help you create your own charity bonspiel.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis. There are two distinct types of support available through the fund, Financial Assistance and Counselling & Health Solutions.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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