March 21

Music Makers and Stigma Shakers: A Benefit Concert to Break the Silence on Mental Illness

The UVic Mental Health Awareness Club, with support from The Zone @ 91.3 FM, is proud to announce that they are hosting their second annual mental health benefit concert to support local charities and to work towards ending the stigma of mental illness. Music Makers and Stigma Shakers: A Benefit Concert to Break the Silence on Mental Illness will take place on March 31st at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, with all event profits split equally between NEED 2 Suicide Prevention, Education, and Support, and the Victoria branch of the BC Schizophrenia Society.

This all-ages event will feature performances by renowned Canadian artists Zerbin, Vince Vaccaro, and Sam Weber; during set changes there will be guest speakers from NEED2 and BCSS Victoria, as well as students sharing personal stories of mental illness, to help raise awareness, educate folks, and bust stigma. Through this event, Julia Denley, the Founder and Director of Music Makers and Stigma Shakers and the UVic Mental Health Awareness Club Co-President, endeavours to encourage and normalize a community dialogue about mental health, and to educate people about mental illness and the effects of stigmatization. By bringing people together through the celebration of music, the student organizing commitee hopes to attract people who might not otherwise be exposed to efforts to raise awareness about mental illness. The show will be emceed by local radio personality Jon Williams of The Zone @ 91.3. This year, the event has expanded to include an after party fundraiser at Sugar NightClub, featuring performances by Vancouver band The Boom Booms as well as local artists SweetLeaf and DJ Jennay Badger.

The organizing committee chose NEED2 and BCSS Victoria as beneficiaries because of the vitally important work these charities carry out in our community. NEED2 is a local suicide prevention organization that works to address suicide by supporting youth in crisis through an anonymous texting/chatting service, and by conducting suicide awareness programs for youth. BCSS Victoria provides assistance to anyone affected by mental illness. They offer online and in-person support groups for people with mood disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders, as well as for family members and partners of people living with these illnesses.

Evening event details:
Location: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave
Thursday, March 31st; doors open at 7:00 pm; show starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets $25 in advance at Lyle’s Place or online through Brown Paper Tickets; $30 at the door

After party event details:

Location: Sugar NightClub, 858 Yates St
Thursday, March 31st; doors open at 10 pm
Tickets $15 at Lyle’s Place or online through Brown Paper tickets (or $30 for ticket to both events) Student tickets are $20 for the evening event and $7 for the after party – purchase by contacting or

(after party student rate will be available at the door but is only available in advance for the main event)