During the most difficult of times, many of us rely on the support of music to get us through. Many unknowns were thrown our way during 2020, yet at the same time many musicians stepped up to offer some of the support we needed to help us through a difficult time. The Tragically Hip were no exception.
Courage is something that many of us need to help us face those unforeseen things that come our way. The Tragically Hip released a ‘Courage mask’ that not only can serve as a constant reminder of this but helped their fellow musicians along the way.
Proceeds (over $40,000 and counting) from the ongoing sale of these ‘courage masks’ was generously donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund. This fund is “the country’s leading music industry charity, providing counseling and emergency relief service to the Canadian music community”.
Members of The Tragically Hip released a statement thanking all those who have contributed to such a worthy cause: “We want to thank all of you who have brought Courage masks to support the Unison Benevolent Fund. With your help, we have raised over $40,000 so far to provide ongoing emergency financial relief for musicians and crew members during the COVID pandemic. Until we are through this, please continue to follow the guidance of public health officials. Stay safe, wear a mask and continue to support the Unison Benevolent Fund.”
Unison is “eternally grateful for the ongoing support of all donors”. All donations are greatly appreciated and “will go a long way towards helping Unison care for the Canadian music community during this difficult and rapidly changing situation”.
The ‘Courage masks’ are reusable non-medical cloth masks. These are still available for purchase on The Tragically Hip’s website. Even the smallest amount will go a long way!
Hey! My name is Melissa. I’m a Special Education Teacher from Newfoundland. Music has always played an important role in my life. Growing up I would spend countless hours listening to the Top 40 Countdown on the radio to record a song I liked to cassette. Then it was the hassle of carrying around a Discman and many CDs because you definitely wanted a variety. Gotta love the nineties! However, it wasn’t until volunteering for the ECMAs in 2004 that I realized that there was a whole other world of music that I was missing out on and I haven’t looked back.