Geddy Lee, Tragically Hip, Billy Talent among stars supporting Healing in Harmony auction for trauma survivors

Article Contributed by Make Music Matter | Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The ‘Healing in Harmony Holiday Auction’ launches tomorrow, November 24 and runs until December 4. The online fundraiser for Make Music Matter will feature a variety of lots, from personalized autographed guitars, never before seen photos, and vinyl to event passes, merchandise, and professional services for musicians.  

Music fans and collectors will have an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items including an Ensoniq ZR-76 synthesizer owned by the late Oscar Peterson, donated by his wife Kelly Peterson. Legendary musician Geddy Lee has donated a signed Signature Fender Jazz bass and fellow rockers Billy Talent and Cone McCaslin from Sum 41 have also donated signed guitars.

Exclusive signed photos and artwork showcases some of Canada’s most beloved performers including the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Daniel Lanois, and The Trews. Recorded music up for grabs includes signed vinyl from Corey Hart, City and Colour, and Royal Wood, plus pieces by The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Gordon Lightfoot, The Weeknd, and Michael Bublé.

Multi-Grammy winning producer David Bottrill joins Juno-winning engineer Hill Kourkoutis in offering private mentoring sessions for aspiring artists. Bottrill, who chairs Make Music Matter’s Board of Directors, is keen to announce a new Healing in Harmony project in Toronto in the coming days.

“I’m so proud of my colleagues in the music industry who are coming together to make a difference. We’re thrilled to have their support as we expand our work alongside Indigenous communities to address the generational trauma their members have experienced,” Bottrill says.

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Bidding opens November 24 at 10 am ET and closes on December 4 at 8pm ET.

The 2022 ‘Healing in Harmony Holiday Auction’ is sponsored by Softube.

About Make Music Matter

Make Music Matter helps to empower marginalized voices with its innovative music therapy program Healing in Harmony. Initially designed for trauma survivors in conflict and post-conflict zones, it has been clinically proven to reduce PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

From survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo to young Syrian refugees with disabilities (and soon, survivors of generational trauma in Indigenous communities in Canada), Healing in Harmony has helped transform the lives of over 10,000 individuals in eight countries worldwide.

Participants emerge with a renewed sense of agency and self-worth. Their original songs are professionally produced and serve as advocacy tools to promote their rights and combat stigma. The music is released globally on all major streaming platforms through A4A Records, with distribution through Warner Music Canada. A ground-breaking new publishing model helps to ensure that all royalties from the songs are sent back to the artists and their communities, regardless of socio-economic circumstances.