#UnpluggedTogether – A One of a Kind Event Series to Celebrate the Healing Power of Music

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August 5 | Ticket Price $15

Exclusive performances + candid interviews + live Q&A

#UnpluggedTogether is an online event series hosted by internationally acclaimed music journalist Alan Cross and produced by Grammy Award-winning music producer David Bottrill, to help fuel conversations on mental health and the healing power of music.

Featured artists include The Trews, The Standstills, Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace), Cone McCaslin (Sum 41), Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent), Blackbird, Grievous Angels, and more.

100% of funds raised will support Make Music Matter’s innovative Healing in Harmony therapy program for trauma survivors.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping to make this event possible.

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The Standstills are a Canadian duo that seductively pair elements of stoner rock and alternative hard rock. Mixed with psychedelic and wild west themes, this duo has made a name for themselves in the sights of trend setters and rockers alike.

Their first full length album “Badlands” under eOne Music, has reached a world wide audience. “It’s guitar driven, outlaw rock and roll” lead singer and guitarist Jonny Fox declares. Drummer and singer Renee Couture defines the record as “If wild west Clint Eastwood and Belle Starr had a rock and roll baby”. Their first single “Wild” set the record as the fastest charting top ten single in eOne Canadian history. And received over 1 million streams on spotify. Following their release the duo toured across Canada, USA, Europe and The United Kingdom. They have performed at festivals and arena’s as support for Eagles of Death Metal, Rival Sons, Lenny Kravitz and more.

This record follows the success of first EP in 2015 “From The Devil’s Porch” featuring “Orleans” which reached #4 on active rock radio charts in Canada, with “Rise of the Fall” top 10 and “Shotgun” top 15. As a result, The Standstills were awarded Best New Rock Group at the Canadian Radio Music Awards as well as iTunes naming it one of the best rock albums of the year.

Currently, the band is wrapping up their second full length under eOne Music which is set to release in 2022.

The Trews – Tickets on sale August 6

Cone McCaslin (Sum 41) and Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) feat. Blackbird – Tickets on sale August 6

Grievous Angels – Tickets on sale August 6


Alan Cross is an internationally celebrated Canadian radio broadcaster and music journalist. He is best known as host of the syndicated radio series The Ongoing History of New Music and The Secret History of Rock. Cross also maintains his personal music blog, A Journal of Musical Things. Currently, you can catch him on the airwaves weeknights from 7-8 on the Edge 102.1 in Toronto.

#UnpluggedTogether host and internationally acclaimed music journalist Alan Cross

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Our Impact

From survivors of sexual violence in the Congo to Syrian refugee children with disabilities and soon survivors of generational trauma in Indigenous communities at home in Canada, Make Music Matter’s innovative Healing in Harmony program is making a difference in the lives of trauma survivors around the world.

Healing in Harmony artists from Bukavu, DRC. Photo by Platon for the People’s Portfolio and Dr. Denis Mukwge


Over 5000 individuals across 8 countries have participated in the Healing in Harmony program. Working with a local psychologist and music producer, they emerge as empowered artists and advocates for change, with a renewed sense of self-worth. Their original songs are disseminated globally through A4A Records, with distribution through Warner Music Canada.

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Healing in Harmony artists from Bukavu, DRC. Photo by Platon for the People's Portfolio and Dr. Denis Mukwge

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