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Local country artists hoping to prove 'Together We're Strong'

The new single contains footage of and is dedicated to Capt. Jennifer Casey of the Snowbirds; Goal is to raise money to support struggling artists

As many musicians attempt to find new ways to reach their audience, close to 20 Canadian artists have released a single that looks to give back to the industry.

Together We’re Strong is the new single by Brian Harwood of Barrie country band Kansas Stone and many other country acts from around the country. 

“Everything in our industry stopped back in March,” said Harwood. “Musicians and even the establishments where they play have been hit huge. I really wanted to be involved in something that gave back to the industry I love.”

As a result, funds raised will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Harwood connected with his friend and fellow country artist Dustin Bird to create the single Together We’re Strong. The duo co-wrote the track, which features 18 Canadian country artists including Cory Marks, Jason McCoy, Aaron Pritchett, Alee, and Jason Blaine. 

“We just started contacting anyone we knew and some who just might want to help. After a while we have a ton of great artists and a great song,” said Harwood.

In another emotional connection, the video is dedicated to the memory of fallen Snowbird Capt. Jennifer Casey, who died when her plane crashed in Kamloops, B.C. on May 17.

She and the Snowbirds were conducting Operation Inspiration, a cross-country salute to Canadians for doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“One of the artists in the song is also with the Snowbirds and Jennifer loved the idea and the song and as the Snowbirds’ PR person, she wanted to help,” said Harwood. “She sent us some footage we were able to include and we couldn't have been more honoured to do so.”

The project has partnered with Spotify, who will match every dollar donated. You can donate by texting UNISON to 45678 or visiting the website.

To watch the video, Together We're Strong, click here.


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Shawn Gibson

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Shawn Gibson is a staff writer based in Barrie
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