Have you turned to little comforts to keep you sane during COVID, like maybe drinking more coffee?
Do you miss concerts and wish you could do more to support musicians?
Arthaus Music, in collaboration with the Unison Benevolent Fund and Propeller Coffee Co. have teamed up to offer a special dark roast, the Art of Darkness, to support counselling, emergency relief services and mental wellness initiatives across Canada.
For the unfamiliar: The Unison Benevolent Fund is a registered charity that provides relief services to Canada’s musicians, to help them during difficult times.
“The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program — created and administered for the music community, by the music community — designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis,” the organization says. The fund provides both emergency financial assistance, for musicians recovering from an illness or injury or other situation that prevents them from working, and counselling and health solutions via the RBC Foundation, to access professionals and other resources to help members and their families deal with mental health, legal guidance, relationship counseling and work-related concerns.
It’s been a really hard year for musicians. It’s been a crap year for everyone, honestly, but we all wish there were better ways to help the people who have given us so much joy when they’re facing such tremendous need.
This holiday season, why not treat yourself to some coffee — or give it as a gift! — and help artists in need? It’s a win-win.
Bonus: If you live in the Toronto core, you can get local delivery for just $4! Otherwise your coffee will be shipped via Canada Post or it can be picked up at Arthaus on Lindsey Avenue in Toronto.