Last week OTB asked our social media followers on Instagram “WHEN YOUR FEELING DOWN, HOW DO YOU ASK FOR HELP?” We received a lot of great feedback and tips. We want to thank everyone who messaged us with their suggestions, and told us what has worked for them. Over The Bridge has put together a list of 5 WAYS HOW MUSICIANS CAN HOW WE CAN ASK FOR HELP! For many musicians and crew, this is the most difficult step. Some may feel like they have to swallow their pride. Think to yourself, "What will happen if
MONDAY APRIL 6 @ 2-2:30 pm: OTBMusic: BRIAN MELO WHEN: MONDAY APRIL 6th 2pm-2:30pm WHERE: www.facebook.com/OTBnonprofit OTBMusic Guest: BRIAN MELO Hamilton singer-songwriter Brian Melo became a household name in 2007 after winning Canadian Idol and embarked on a personal journey to in some small way change the world through music. Brian has released two albums, and has shared the stage with the likes of Queen, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Alanis Morissette Chicago, and fellow Idol Kelly Clarkson. Now out of Nashville, TN, Brian performs with APOLLO'S CROWN. Brian's passion for music and people is always
Tour Manager, Mental health advocate, founder of Keep The Beat Alive, and friend of Over The Bridge, Chris Musgrave sits down to talk with golden gate bridge suicide survivor Kevin Hines on OTBChat on Facebook Live Kevin Hines is a storyteller at heart. He is a best-selling author, global public speaker, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. In the Year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived.
THURSDAY MARCH 19 @ 7-8 pm: OTBChat: What to do with our downtime WHEN: THURSDAY MARCH 19 @ 7-8pm WHERE: www.facebook.com/OTBnonprofit CONVERSATION TOPIC: What to do with our downtime GUEST: Chris Lose – International touring lighting director / HOST: Ace Piva WHAT IS THIS: OTBChat host Ace Piva will be joined by International touring lighting director Chris Lose, here on OTB’s Facebook Live. Ace and Chris invite you to tune in and continue the conversation about what touring crew can be doing with our newly found downtime due to COVID-19. Chris Lose is the Designer Relations Manager for Ayrton Lighting, an international touring
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