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Canadian Music Week presents Breaking the Ice: Uniting Rock Stars and Athletes in Mental Health Advocacy & Awareness for Canada’s Suicide Crisis Helpline 9-8-8

Canadian Music Week presents Breaking the Ice: Uniting Rock Stars and Athletes in Mental Health Advocacy & Awareness for Canada’s Suicide Crisis Helpline 9-8-8


Canadian Music Week is proud to present Breaking the Ice: Uniting Rock Stars and Athletes in Mental Health Advocacy for the Suicide Crisis Helpline 9-8-8 on behalf of CAMH on Wednesday, June 5 at the Westin Harbour Castle. Moderated by Joey Scoleri, SVP Industry Relations at Live Nation, Breaking the Ice will feature Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach in conversation with reps from the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to

explore the shared mental health challenges of rock stars and hockey players. Registration is now open at

From the stage to the ice, Jacoby Shaddix lead singer/founder of Papa Roach and Joseph Woll of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ryan Strome of the Anaheim Ducks, Dr. Jay Harrison (NHLPA Wellness, Transition, and Performance Specialist) and Dr. Allison Crawford (CAMH Psychiatrist and Researcher) will discuss resilience, coping, and breaking the stigma.

Breaking the Ice aims to empower others to prioritize mental well-being, and deliver the message that help is available to everyone via a number of services including Canada’s 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline which launched in November of 2023.

“This topic affects all of us. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences from the perspective of a Recording Artist who tours the world, with this incredible group, and raise awareness for the 9-8-8 suicide prevention lifeline available in Canada now,” said Jacoby Shaddix.

WATCH the video for Papa Roach’s “Leave A Light On (Take Away The Dark)”

Now in its 42nd year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival. All conference functions occur at The Westin Harbour Castle at 1 Harbour Square in Toronto.

Papa Roach are two-time GRAMMY-nominated, Platinum-selling leaders in Alternative/Hard Rock music, who in 2020 celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their iconic album INFEST. Papa Roach are not unfamiliar with calling attention to Mental Health, and have been doing so since their inception with the iconic release of “Last Resort.” Since then, the band has gone on to create 10 studio albums, along with their most recent album Ego Trip released on their own label New Noize Records. Ego Trip has garnered over 260 million global streams to date and has produced four #1 singles bringing the band’s total to 26 career Top-10 hits, and 12 career #1s. 23 years into their career, the band continues to have global success with the single “Leave A Light On (Talk Away The Dark)” in aid of suicide awareness and education.

The National Hockey League Players’ Association, established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League. The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labor relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund was launched as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 24 years, more than 90,000 deserving children in 35 countries have benefited from the players’ donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $26 million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

With a dedicated staff of more than 5,000 physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and support staff, CAMH offers outstanding clinical care to more than 38,000 patients each year. The organization conducts groundbreaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government. And through our Foundation, we’re working to raise tens of millions of additional dollars to fund new programs and research and augment services.



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