March 6th, 2024

Women in Music Canada Presents,

Mental Health & Wellness In The Music Industry


• MODERATOR: Catherine Harrison, Revelios

• Michelle Allman-Esdaille, CEO @ Sustainable Creative Living

• Maylee Todd, Artist

• Kathryn Hummel, Manager Programs & Services @ UNISON

WIM Canada presents an exciting 2-day event full of speaker sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities, March 6-7, 2024 at TD Music Hall in Toronto.

Come ask questions, meet others in the industry, and be inspired by our amazing slate of leaders. 

Tickets on sale now! Passes can be purchased for either day separately or bundle both days together and save. 

Premium WIMC members receive 60% off! Not a member? Join here today.

April 29 & 30, 2023

Canada’s Largest Plant-based Event!

Planted Expo is Canada’s largest plant-based event, celebrating all things plant-based and sustainable! Come discover all of the innovative products that will benefit you, our planet, and the animals we share it with. Over 200+ plant-based, vegan, and sustainable exhibitors for you to discover, explore, and sample. PLUS come hear and learn from the leading voices and incredible speakers and presenters from the plant-based movement! Bring the whole family!

Adult tickets are $20, youth and senior tickets are $15, and kids get in free! If you don’t want to miss any of the action (and speakers), add your second day for only $5. PURCHASE HERE

Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Enercare Centre – Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON.


Gluten Free Goodness Expo: Fall Market

We are returning to the Ancaster Fairgrounds for our Fall 2022 Market and we can’t wait to see you again! 

Sample, sip and shop all the gluten free goodness from over 40 vendors all under one roof! 

Come hungry and bring your friends. 

10am – 4pm
Ancaster Fairgrounds
Inside the Concession Building
630 Trinity Rd S
Jerseyville, Ontario

$8 Cash Admission or pre-sold on line
12 and under are Free
Free Parking

Friday, September 9, 2022

Need A Little Help From Your Friends? A Chat with Unison

BMO Financial Group Community Room, Calgary Public Library
2:30pm — 3:30pm MT 
FREE Workshop

For many, a career in music is a dream come true; however, the reality is that many members of the Canadian music community do not have access to the services that can make all the difference in a time of need: sick leave, medical benefits, family emergencies, pension plans, and unemployment insurance.

Music makers can easily find themselves unprepared to deal with the financial and emotional burdens of an unforeseen emergency or illness. Unison, Canada’s music industry charity, is a non-profit organization providing free counselling and financial relief services to the Canadian music community. They are here to offer help to music industry professionals in times of hardship – providing a lifeline to ensure the health of our friends, colleagues, and collaborators.

Since their foundation over 10 years ago, Unison has provided over $4.5 million in financial aid, supporting thousands of music professionals during the COVID pandemic, and that support continues with the 2022 launch of The Live Music Workers Fund, supported by a $16 million grant from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Join Unison staff, Executive Director, Amanda Power and Manager, Programs & Services, Kathryn Hummel, to learn how Unison provides support to the music industry with financial relief and free counselling support services.

Tickets: FREE (first come, first served / 80 person max)  

Aug. 18, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. EDT


The Co-op has a variety of essential workshops formulated for the development of professional skills, digital and creative innovation and ongoing membership while fostering the essence of sustainability. With a reach of a hundred Ontario artists and counting, The Co-op offers 150 workshops that allow artists to expand their knowledge surrounding the music industry and supports the shift to a digital-focused environment. With informational workshops like Unison and Music Industry Mental Health featuring Kathryn Hummel, Sarah Hagerman, and Roo Kailey, The Co-op strives for quality, sourcing both members and external professionals. The industry professionals share more about mental health and working within this field.

April 10th, 2021 at 12:00Pm (Noon) EST


ACHIEVING BALANCE: Social Media & Mental Health in Music

Join our panelists Ace PivaErrin WilliamsChris BovieKathryn Hummel, and Kristel Jax for a conversation around the effects of having a consistent social media presence that is required in many jobs in the music industry. The topics addressed will range from the negative impact social media has on people’s mental health, strategies to create a balance between online and offline life, and how to connect with others while creating a safe space on social media. 


Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert

Canada’s beloved artist community will come together with the Unison Benevolent Fund – an assistance program that provides discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis – to host Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert – a virtual concert celebration in support of the Canadian music and entertainment industry on Sessions Live, Thursday, December 17th beginning at 8:00 pm ET.

Featuring Iskwe + Tom Wilson, Jim Cuddy, July Talk, Matthew Good, members of Mother Mother, Neon Dreams, Ruth B., Sam Roberts Band, Sarah Harmer, Scott Helman, Tim Hicks, The Glorious Sons, Tom Jackson and more, the virtual event that includes elements of live along with newly pre-recorded performances, will draw attention to the increased demand and urgency to support the Canadian music industry during this difficult time as their need for support substantially increases with so many music people out-of-work and in-need due to the pandemic.

Tickets for the event are $30 (taxes included) and can be purchased at beginning today at 8:00 am ET.

All proceeds and donations collected from the Canada In Unison Holiday Special: In Concert will support the Unison Benevolent Fund – amplifying their efforts and focus on helping those most in need.

Wed, October 14, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Unison Benevolent Fund – Webinar for S.A.C. Members

Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis and hardship through emergency financial assistance and counselling services. 

S.A.C members can now sign up for an exclusive webinar lead by Unison staff giving a complete overview of everything Unison has to offer for free to songwriters, musicians, and music professionals in Canada. 

During this webinar, attendees will learn about all of the tools members can access, with demonstrations on how each of the programs work so music creators can get the assistance they need with ease during these troubling times we are all facing together.

About Songwriters Association of Canada

The S.A.C. is community of songwriters here to support each other in the creative journey.  We advocate on behalf of Canadian songwriters to protect the value of our work. 

Being a member has many privileges including opportunities to network, get your music heard, hone your craft, and protect your music.  Why not join today and start connecting with others through our online community?  

Recorded Monday, September 21, 2020 – 2:00pm EST via ZOOM

Mental Health & the Music Industry: Maintaining Wellness in Isolated Times

Carmen Elle – Artist & Public Speaker
Kathryn Hummel – Director Of A&R, Marketing And Business Development, Royalty Records
Dayana Romero – Psychotherapist and Owner, Romero Psychotherapy and Renova
Denise Waligora – Training and Delivery Specialist, Mental Health First Aid Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Sarah Hagerman – Industry and Events Management, Unison Benevolent Fund & Artist (Mary Moxxie)

View the full recording now!


The JUNO Awards, Unison Benevolent Fund and Fit On Tour partnered this year to offer the music community complimentary fitness classes in Saskatoon to keep health & fitness top of mind during the week is Saskatoon!⁣


⁣Full Body Workouts Crew House – a one of a kind boutique fitness studio located in the heart of Riversdale Saskatoon. Classes are available Friday through Sunday. ⁣

Donation option available for Unison Fund at registration.⁣

YOGA – with teacher Ryan Leier who has been described as not so much a person but an experience for a one-hour session in the host hotel (Delta Bessborough) on Sunday March 15th, from 8:30AM – 9:30AM to get your zen on before the awards. ⁣Also there will be refreshments provided by local companies Three Farmers and Thrive Juice Co

Throughout the week of the JUNOS, we will be discussing healthy habits on our platforms and those of you choosing healthy options throughout the week are encouraged to use the #JUNOFuel hashtag.   

Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards & Conference Weekend



More details to come….

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 Time: 12pm – 3pm

Women Making Moves in Music – A 360 Perspective

Join us for an afternoon of listening, learning and discussion about the challenges in today’s music industry, as explored from a female perspective.
This respected panel will include a Label Manager, Artist Manager, Festival Producer, Record Producer/Songwriter, and successful Recording Artist.
Each of these women will share how they grew into their positions, and discuss the opportunities that exist for successful careers in the music industry.

The panel will be followed by a Q + A session and a round table group sessions with attendees.

The Lineup:
Kathryn Hummel (Royalty Records Inc., Hummel Management, Unison Benevolent Fund)
Tracey Singer (K Music Management)
Jess Moskaluke (Recording Artist- MDM Recordings)
Becca Hess (Director of Operations – Rockin’ River Music Fest)
Louise Burns (Record Producer/Writer- 604 Records)
Karen Lee Batten (Independent Artist & Entertainment Promoter)


10:00AM Fan Village – Goat Yoga 321-11th Ave SE. Calgary (Cowboys Tent)

Ever tried child’s post with a goat on your back, next to a celebrity? What are you waiting for? Bring your tights, your mat, a water bottle and a sense of adventure! Join in on goat yoga with some of our #Goats

10:30AM – 12:30PM CCMA Seminar Series: Round Tables Presented by rdr Music Group
Telus Convention Centre, Glen 201+202 – Calgary, AB
Meet with our friends from Unison Benevolent Fund whom are participating in Country Music Week with the Canadian Country Music Association! Find them at the CCMA Round Tables on Sept. 7th to learn more about Unison and wellness in the music industry. 

The CCMA Round Table Session offers newcomers a chance to sit down with trade experts and glean some of the wisdom years of experience has afforded them. From honing your craft, to gaining and keeping an audience, and having longevity in the industry, this session is tailor-made for whatever focus the participants want addressed. Featuring titans from all aspects of the industry, this is a must-hit session for those looking for some advice, ideas, mentorship, and direction on next-steps in their careers.


September is Arthritis Awareness Month  and this year The Arthritis Society are highlighting the relationship between Arthritis & Women.

The numbers speak for themselves. And they need to change. ​

  • 1 in 4 Canadian Women have arthritis. ​
  • 3.5 million women are living with the devastating effects of this disease today. ​
  • Over half of Canadian women with arthritis are younger than 65.​ ​

If we don’t take action, this is set to rise to over 5 million women by 2040.



PANEL TOPIC – The Good Life (2:10PM- 2:40PM)

Featuring Kathryn Hummel, Preetam Sengupta, Chris Atwell

Much has been made about the rockstar lifestyle over the years. The road, the parties, the long nights. If that is still the perception, how does it compare with reality? How do musicians take care of themselves? This panel will discuss the importance of artists looking after their mental and physical health whether at home or on the road.


Mental Health: How To Combat Mental Health Issues Facing Our Industry

New York Law School 185 W Broadway 10013 / 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM – Floor 4 – W401

Working in the music industry can be challenging for artists and industry workers alike. Industry burnout, suicide, and mental health are issues that need our attention. This will be an open conversation on ways we can address mental health issues and smash associated stigmas. How can we make sure our industry peers are protected and be responsible partners to the artists we represent.


Jess Caragliano • Founder • CEO | Terrorbird Media

Kathryn Hummel • Artist Manager •General Manager • Director of A&R and Marketing • Consultant |Hummel Entertainment |Royalty Records |Unison Benevolent Fund | Hummel Wellness

Jennifer Leff • Senior Director | MusiCares

Dr. Ying Zhen • Associate Professor of Business & Economics | Wesleyan College

Ava TrillingMusician • Artist | Forth Wanderers | Sub Pop


Getting to the Next Level Performance with Physical & Mental Wellbeing

Presented by Unison Benevolent Fund


How do you prepare for a performance?  It can be a huge undertaking without the proper knowledge of how to handle the stress, overstrain injuries, late nights and poor nutrition and all the other common challenges the working country artist and their team face.  What if there was a way to increase your stamina to practice and perform without pain?  What if you knew what kind of food would fuel you and give you energy for the show?  What if there was a way to channel that anxiety into excitement before a performance?  What if you could find a way to sleep and recover so that you can bring your “A” game every time you step on stage?  Get the answers to all these questions and step up your performance through proven physical and mental self-care strategies. In this hands-on discussion, Certified Musician Fitness Professional Mike “The Rock Doctor” Schwartz will debunk the 3 most common wellness myths amongst the music industry and walk us through performance prep methods that’ll change the game for any artist who is serious about taking their career to the next level. 

Mike Schwartz, The Rock Dr.


7:00pm – Group Conversation
8:00pm – Stretch | Workout | Yoga

Stepping away from the excitement and beauty of music is an extensive and intense industry that can be incredibly taxing on an individual. This installment of #MusicTalks event is a focused on mental health, wellness and physical well-being for those working in the demanding industry. The event starts with a discussion that brings together representatives from the UNISON Benevolent Fund, Hummel Wellness, Fit On Tour, Full Body Efficiency Treatment and local musicians. Discussions will cover a wide variety of topics including how to live a balanced life, looking after yourself mentally/physically and preparing yourself for the challenging hours and work you face in the music industry as many of the jobs in the music business work outside the traditional 9 – 5pm.

Musicians work can be very isolating at times and is noted as having one of the highest depression rates in the workforce. These issues are then amplified by working long hours and in many cases isolation. Finding ways to cope can be difficult and many music industry professionals. Often times they lack a support network or employee benefits that are readily available through many traditional employeers. Opening the conversation about these issues and how to overcome will be a central theme. The goal of this workshop is to assist in finding a balanced approach to life that enables music sector workers to succeed and find longevity in the business.