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Hockey is Great, LIFE is BIGGER!A Campaign for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Hello. My daughter loved hockey. She is no longer with us due to a terrible mistake that has crushed her friends and family alike. We lost her in December 2007 to suicide. It’s too late for my lost daughter, but it’s not too late for us to make a difference and really try and find ways to reverse the tide on what some are calling an epidemic. I believe we can shift the earth and change the Mental Health paradigm, and I have a plan for that. Part of that plan is The Hockey Project.
The Hockey Project is trying to make a difference for others by shedding light on the darkness of suicide through music and art and I believe that art and the community of hockey is in a unique position and has a rare opportunity to raise awareness for and make progress on this globally important issue and cause. Part of that is "The Hockey is Great, LIFE is BIGGER!” campaign.
Although I’m trying to create global awareness, in Canada, where hockey is a national obsession, my fund-raising is supporting Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.), a well-known Mental Health charity that is supported by many Hockey communities, particularly in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
As a musician and songwriter, I’ve been writing some hockey songs because my family loved playing shinny and watching all the games. One of my recent ones is called Don’t Stop Stompin’ co-written and produced by Edmund Eagan (This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report). We are filming an amazing music video with almost one hundred young actors on skates for this tribute to the late Stompin’ Tom Connors and the song he wrote called The Hockey Song, heralded as the world’s greatest hockey song. Click the player below to hear the current version of Don’t Stop Stompin'.
Our tribute to Stompin’ Tom
The Hockey is Great, LIFE is BIGGER album
Further to the cause, I've released a download album entitled "We Love Hockey" with eight hockey-inspired tracks, and 90 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.), a grassroots movement with the mission of creating awareness, inspiring conversations, and transforming youth mental health. It was started by Luke and Stephanie Richardson after they lost their 14 year-old daughter Daron to suicide in 2010. |
How does The Hockey Project work for SongQuesters?
2013 CBC SongQuest contest and to raise funds to support the Mental Health cause.
Artists that help The Hockey Project reach its fundraising goals will be recognized in a competition that will see top supporters featured on several proposed hockey music compilation/albums that will be sold from the website in support of the cause. These albums are to be assembled in the near future and will be promoted for major hockey events on an ongoing basis from year to year. The music will always be supporting the cause.
How are funds raised?
SongQuest artists commitment would be as follows. They will choose to:
a) Donate 90% of their song revenues and retain 10%.
b) Donate the entire amount (100%).
A release form will be required stating that their song will released for the charitable purpose as described. This would apply to any and all proceeds including royalties, downloads, etc.
Should their song make the Hockey Project “Olympic Release" Album, a mastered copy of their music will be required. Details to follow.
What are the benefits.
Step 1 - Supporting the existing album
The Hockey Project will be contacting advertising agencies and Hockey Product companies to let them know about all the music. The Hockey Project will be a single-source inventory for all of the SongQuesters' works. The charitable focus will be an incentive for these agencies to get involved, especially as the interest and exposure builds as interested companies will see the royalties of their purchase go to benefit them while supporting the Mental Health cause. This is an incentive for these agencies to get involved. As the interest builds so does the exposure and the cause benefits as well as the participants. Everyone wins.
More information to follow as we develop this project further.
Before and Afterlife: The Theory of PositivityI also have another full-length album released in fall 2013 entitled "Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity" to raise funds for and awareness of suicide prevention and mental health. I am donating 100 percent of all proceeds from download sales of the song "Weight" from the album and 50 percent of any full album download sales and CD sales proceeds to support the cause.
Since my daughter's death, music has become much bigger for me than I ever expected. It is the glue that holds me together, a big part of my ongoing therapy, in this aftermath of grief and depression. "Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity" is a collection of music representing work that goes back to 1997—before my loss, and after. The songs cover a range of emotions, from love to loss, from joy to hope, from landscapes in our minds to the deepest oceans in our hearts. I always try and bring a positive Groove to my work, as do the wonderful players who have helped me create this album. They are all amazing artists (from Canada and the USA). They all bring the groove.
More information at LPGroove.ca