Smash The Stigma Canada recently celebrated their one year anniversary with an event classy enough to roll out the green carpet for! This organization has dedicated the last year to bringing awareness to issues surrounding mental health and the stigma attached to them and by raising funds to help support mental health community organizations.
On August 18th they brought their Foxxy Fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness Pt. II to The Foxx Lounge in Barrie, ON for an all-day spectacle which included NINE bands, prize draws and silent auctions all in the name of smashing the stigma. Guests were encouraged to dress in black and green attire in honour of the official colours for Smash The Stigma and observing a sea of green in the room it was obvious the community rallied together in support of this worthy cause!
Founder and CEO of Smash The Stigma Canada, Chris Harrington, had this to say about the event:
“Over the past year we have seen a huge shift in how our community understands and perceives mental health challenges. What started as one show has grown into a movement, and together we are working to smash the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. Through the hard work and dedication of the Smash the Stigma Canada team, our sponsors, and those who come out and support our cause, we have raised over $7,000 in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Youth Shine Program.”
Performances were made by many local bands including Mosie, All My Life, Steve Taunton (of NothingBox), Hockstetter, Like Satellites, Poor Judgement, Cincinnati Gentlemen, Drop Top Alibi and The Noolands.
Cover was only $5 for the whole night and proceeds were donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Simcoe County branch) Youth Shine Campaign for their new Youth Mental Health & Wellness Centre.
For the complete set of photos from the night, check out our Facebook page!
I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.