OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Following the outstanding human gestures
of Canadian Olympic athletes at Sochi, an unknown Canadian artist and
grieving father has stepped up with his own gesture of peace and hope
for those suffering with mental health illness in Canada and around the
world. With it's main message of hope and hockey, Larry Pegg has
created a unique Hockey-meets-Mental-Health music video called Don't Stop Stompin'. In part, it's a tribute to the late Stompin' Tom Connors, Canada's and the world's hockey-song hero, but primarily it is sending
the message of love and to "Never give up on LIFE."
Filmed in early February at the Canadian International Hockey Academy
(CIHA) in Rockland, Ontario, the music video's cast of film makers and
eighty (80) young hockey athletes from eleven (11) countries are all
trying to send the world a mental health awareness message wrapped in
the metaphors of hockey and love under the campaign banner Hockey is Great. LIFE is BIGGER!
A "first-cut" of the music video was publicly previewed on Valentine's
Day (February 14th), in Perth, Ontario for the local hockey team's home
game. As a community, Perth is still reeling after a rash of young men
died by suicide in 2010. Pegg says, "Perth is representative of
communities across Canada and around the world. Like anyone, I want
these terrible and tragic stories to end, especially for our young
people, sons and daughters who we lose so senselessly and in an
instant." The final-cut version will be available in broadcast quality
and on YouTube on February 20th.
The powerful and emotional pre-release promo video can be found at the
project's website. www.TheHockeyProject.ca. The promo captures preparations for the shoot and images of the CIHA
students sharing Pegg's moving story of losing his daughter to suicide.
His presentation took place on January 28th (Bell Let's Talk day).
The 1 in 5
One in five Canadians will be affected by a mental health (MH) illness
during their lifetime. For Pegg the metaphor is glaring. "That's like
putting 1 in every 5 Canadians in the penalty box. As a nation we're permanently short-handed and we'll never win with
this endless deficit. For Canada, or any nation, to be at our most
healthy and efficient we need that extra player out of the penalty box
and back into the game of life." Pegg goes on, "This is a global
issue." Pegg adds, "While no death is easy or acceptable, most of
Canada has an average suicide rate, but our Northern peoples suffer one
of the highest rates in the world, so this MH story is also about
Canada's failure in protecting its northern and native peoples, and not
to stop there, it includes our armed forces and front-line responders
such as fire fighters, police, paramedics, nurses and doctors who are
all showing high rates of PTSD, and of course our young people for whom
suicide is the second leading cause of death. This is an epidemic."
Don't Stop Stompin' combines the joys of music and sport, even drawing on the messages of
The Beatles when the announcer wearing a Beatles 1964 replica suit
references "Across the Universe" later brandishing a heart poster on
the ice, as if saying "All you need is Love." Pegg's daughter loved the
Beatles and he is consciously acknowledging this connection, believing
in the universe of hockey (that she loved) taking lead on this issue.
Pegg points out, "the community of hockey is already strong and
motivated to drop the gloves and help in their respective communities."
Reaching Out to Sochi
As "the" globally-recognized nation of hockey, and because of the Sochi
worldstage, Pegg believes there is real potential for Canada's athletes
to reach out to and engage many at Sochi. He's asking Canada's athletes
and the "world of hockey" to lead on this issue.
We need to get Canadians stomping for our teams, for Stompin' Tom's
legacy, for our collective hockey passion, and to show the world not
only how crazy we are about hockey, but how concerned we are for all
people. We need to do this in arenas, pubs, theatres and homes across
the nation and throughout the world of hockey, and we can do it now to
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Image with caption: "Canadian singer-songwriter releases "hockey-meets-mental-health" music video in support of suicide prevention (CNW Group/The Hockey Project)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140220_C5896_PHOTO_EN_36937.jpg
SOURCE: The Hockey Project
For further information:
Larry Pegg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 613-769-8869
Other music can be found at www.LPGroove.ca