FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2019
MON MARCH 11 – 6:30pm – The Cameron House
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 (Donation instructions below)
OTBChat is an event that is here to engage, educate, & normalize hard-to-talk-about topics to members of the music industry. A panel discussion and open Q&A, OTB aims to bring people closer together for a stronger, healthier work environment for everyone in music!
HOST: Ace Piva (OTB Founding Partner)
All Donations can be collected at the door or in advance by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/otbchat-mental-health-in-music-tickets-57115002510
All generous proceeds go towards the development of Over the Bridge programming – Donate today… because the fight against mental illness & the disease of addiction can’t wait.
ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKERS:
BILL BELL (MUSICIAN / TOM COCHRAN / JASON MRAZ & MORE)
Bill Bell is a self-taught guitarist, music producer, and mixer. Starting at the age of 9 and growing up in Sudbury Ontario he became a full time, in-demand musician traveling the world. He’s performed and produced with such artists as Grammy Award winner, Jason Mraz, multiple Juno winner, Order of Canada and Hall of Fame artist, Tom Cochrane as well as Jimmy Rankin, Danko Jones, Amanda Marshall, Shaye, Justin Nozuka and many more.
ELI WENER (ARTIST MANAGER)
Eli has been working in the music business since he signed his first client, Gypsy Bird (aka Bear Mountain), over a decade ago. What started as a hobby slowly morphed into a full-
time lifestyle. He’s worked in all corners of the business including as a promoter with events like
Brother Ali, Apostle of Hustle, An Evening with Spike Lee and Portugal the Man’s first ever show in Vancouver to 10 people. Eli’s passion is working directly with artists managing their careers.
He’s developed an array of different styles including HUMANS, No Sinner, Desi Sub Culture, and Delhi 2 Dublin. Eli also loves licensing where he’s worked directly with supervisors landing
many placements including EA Sports, CSI, HBO, MTV, Vice and most recently the theme music for Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?”. For the last number of years, Eli worked at
the Paquin Agency in a rare role as both manager & agent handling bookings for artists including K’Naan, Serena Ryder and The Dead South and managing his personal client roster.
Today, Eli runs his own management shop out of Toronto handling the careers of DJ Shub, Five Alarm Funk, Merkules, Ollie, LIINKS and Wannabe. He’s also the talent buyer for the Red Truck Concert Series in Vancouver which is going into its 4th year. Past headliners include Cut Copy, Lee Fields, and Drake White.
KATIE LONERGAN: (MUSICIAN / THE MAHONES)
Katie has worked in the music industry for just over a decade and spent a good deal of that time touring internationally with Canadian punk band The Mahones. A grateful recovering addict/alcoholic, Katie is well aware of the substance abuse and mental health issues that plague the music industry but was also tremendously inspired by the support of her peers in the punk community when she quit drinking and began her journey in recovery in 2012. Katie is enrolled in McMaster University’s Addictions program and is a firm believer in peer-to-peer mentoring.
DAYANA ROMERO (REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST)
Dayana is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in Counseling from Canada Christian College from 2005. A Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University from 2010 and (eventually) from the University of Liverpool, a Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology (ABD). She has training in PTSD and addictions for various courses and college/university programs she has taken throughout the years. Her area of expertise also includes depression, anxiety, PTSD and addictions. She speaks both English and Spanish and on some days needs a dictionary to figure out both languages. Dayana is an approved healthcare practitioner under the Non-Insure Health Benefits program which provides psychotherapy to Indigenous individuals with Native Status. Being of an Indigenous background herself, Dayana takes great pride in working in her community along with her Spaniard and Jewish roots.
She has been a guest speaker at the Ontario Medical Association, Primary Care Today Conference, Indie Week, religious organizations, schools and events throughout the last 10 years of her profession. She has done interviewed by podcasts, asked to be a guest by some TV channels & radio stations and written an article for KMA Therapy. Working in mental health is Dayana’s life long passion.
ACE PIVA (TOUR MANAGER / ADDICTION RECOVERY COACH)
A certified addictions worker who’s been involved in the music industry since 1996, Ace Piva knows the ins and outs of the road and its associated pressures and struggles. He’s been there as a musician, tour manager, stage manager, sound engineer, production manager, and addictions recovery coach. Today, Piva is a founding partner, of Over The Bridge. His goals are to help break the stigmas associated with addiction and mental illness through education, awareness, and support and provide resources to musicians, crew and entertainment professional