Indie Band Partners with Huntington Society of Canada to Help Spread the Word on the Disease

By: Elisa F.G

There’s a first for everything, one of the many perks of existing. First kid, first kiss, first car – not necessarily in that order. And whatever you’ve done a million times, somewhere someone’s doing it for the first time. But some ‘firsts’ are a bigger deal than other ones. Like a band going on tour for the first time, that huge! But a band going on their first Canadian tour as a band-charity partnership, after only having formed in 2014, that’s not only a huge first, it’s a game-changing one.

Eli & the Straw Man, a six piece from the Niagara region are currently doing just that, changing things up. Not only are they spreading their sound around the country, they’re spreading the word on Huntington’s disease as well.

Eli and the Strawman

Tam Maiuri, Eli & the Straw Man’s trumpet playing percussionist by night, Huntington disease researcher at McMaster University by day, birthed the brilliant idea to combine both gigs by teaming up with Huntington Society of Canada and hitting the road for a month long, 16-date tour.

“It makes it easier to cram into a van for 10 hours at a time knowing that you’re promoting not only your music, but something that may help people,” says Eli Maiuri, the bands front man.

Toronto’s’Dakota Tavern had the honor of booking the tours first show on April 7th, another huge first, and Thunder Bays’ Apollo gets to end it on April 24th, so if you find yourself anywhere between Ontario and BC this month, Eli, the Straw Man and their good cause might be a show worth catching.

“We are delighted to partner with Eli & the Straw Man,” says CEO of the Huntington Society of Canada, Bev Heim-Myers. “This type of innovative partnership is how we can educate more people about the devastating effects of Huntington disease”

But there’s hope, with Canada being a world leader in Huntington disease research, and the charity efforts of The Huntington Society plus an awesome Indie Roots Rock band foot stomping and strumming their way across the country, raising awareness… it’s safe to say a successful treatment will one day be found. A ‘first’ many families are waiting for.

Bev Heim-Myers admits “We are very grateful to Eli and Tamara and the band for their dedication and commitment to increasing HD awareness in Canada.”

For Eli & the Straw Man tour dates check out and for any and all information regarding the HSC, please visit

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “Indie Band Partners with Huntington Society of Canada to Help Spread the Word on the Disease

  • April 12, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Kudos to this band, great cause, terrible disease. Huntington’s took the life of my husband’s best friend (cousin of indie artist Ron Hawkins). Please support this band, support this cause if you are able.

  • April 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Devastating disease. Destroys people inside and out. The worst of it is that it is carried genetically from one generation to the next. Passed on to haunt afflicted families until a cure is found.

  • April 14, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Thx guys for giving me.and my family hope.. I have been given a positive predictive test.. I mum slowly die..u sister also has disease. I need to do so.e thing to help I have kids that need help.. im 31 and I’m staying positive happy as I’m not symptomatic yet…. I live in Australia and I’m wanna spread the word on my tiny desert town… thx…

  • April 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Great Job Eli and the Straw Man! You are helping a very worthy cause… Keep up the amazing work.


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