COVID-19 STATEMENT Together with music makers around the world, Over The Bridge continues to follow the current developments in Canada and throughout the world the rapid global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) with deep concern. The pandemic is now spreading across Canada, and has deeply affected our music community. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandably a source of anxiety and fear for many. Practical information on responding to the virus and mitigating its spread is available from local public health officials, as well as from the federal and provincial governments, and should be heeded. Music makers and fans are encouraged
A Radical Act: Canadian Musicians in Conversation About Being Sober in an Industry Built on Booze By Adam Feibel Original Published Feb 28, 2020in Exclaim Magazine. Click here for Original Article Alcohol abuse is rampant in the music industry. Hollerado’s Jake Boyd, Pony’s Sam Bielanski, singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson and Single Mothers’ Drew Thomson discuss getting and staying sober, how it’s impacted their lives and how they move forward creatively In the life of a musician, it’s lamentably easy to fall into substance abuse. It’s a career that comes with a highly social lifestyle. Much of a musician’s work takes
CAN MUSIC MAKE YOU SICK? NEW RESEARCH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER FINDS MUSICIANS ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER ILLNESS Help Musicians UK has published the first set of research from MusicTank at The University of Westminster into mental health issues experienced by musicians and the wider music industry. MusicTank, the music industry think tank based at The University of Westminster worked with academic authors Sally Gross and Dr George Musgrave, teachers on the Music Business Management MA at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, to conduct the biggest research survey so far into the links
Hamilton music community hosts overdose training as opioid crisis grips city Ace Piva knows the dangers of opioid addiction all too well. He’s seen it up close — both as a tour manager across Canada, and as an addictions counsellor in Hamilton. Now, as overdoses and deaths due to opioid use continue to mount across the city, Piva has launched an addiction and recovery nonprofit organization specifically for the music industry. It’s called Over the Bridge — a nod to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakout hit Under the Bridge, which was written about addiction, loneliness and dependency. Opioid emergency room
Over the Bridge is very excited to be attending Live Production Summit in Tucson, AZ (Jan 23 – 25 2020). t can be easy to romanticize a musician’s life. Touring the country, adoring fans, close friends, and most importantly doing the one thing you were always meant to do. However, underneath the surface, is a dark, overlooked and even sometimes romanticized story of mental health, addiction, and substance abuse, that the music industry often neglects. Started as a peer-to-peer Facebook help group, “Over the Bridge” is a Hamilton-based non-profit looking to tackle this issue. What is Over
OTB FUNDRAISER – METAL HEALTH: AUG 24th – Hamilton, ON AUG 24th - Hamilton, ON - A night of Metal Music & fundraising for OTB Over The Bridge presents: METAL HEALTH A night of Metal Music & fundraising for Over The Bridge Proceeds will go towards Over The Bridge and the cause to spread awareness about mental health & addiction in the music industry! Doors: 9PM Bad Communication 9:30 –10:00 Act of Sin 10:15 – 10:45 The Maysides 11:00–11:45 Black Collar Union 12:00–1:00 Over The Bridge SOCIAL MEDIAL: www.overthebridge.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/overthebridgenonprofit/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/overthebridgenonprofit/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/OTBnonprofit Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC5LIlP7l25tMqVIKq4FdWdg.
Spencer Chamberlain of UNDEROATH: Talks making new friends to talk with in RECOVERY! “Lead me to the rapture, set my body free, higher than the flames, set blaze inside of me” screams Spencer Chamberlain, Lead Singer for the band UNDEROATH from their single “Rapture”. Spencer takes a few minutes to talk with Nicole McCormick of Over The Bridge during their Toronto Vans Warped Tour stop in Toronto. “When I figured out how I was making excuses, I was like, I think I need help” say’s Spencer When talking about touring, addiction recovery and mental health. After 8
The Art of Vulnerability & Wholeness “If performing is easy…you are not doing it right! We will explore the ways to deal with anxiety, nerves, the “Jitters” – all those emotions that block our performance and our creativity. We will also talk about what happens when the lights go out – how to deal with the emotional let down of the empty hotel room. Learn the benefits of being vulnerable and how it can connect you to the audience. “If performing is easy…you are not doing it right!” Perspective – Preparation – Performance Analysis – Predictability –