Taking Care of Business: Your Mental Health

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Friday,  April 8, 2022 at 6:00pm

The topic for this panel focuses on mental health within the music industry, and how it affects all of those that play a part within the industry

Moderated by Dillon Stuart

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Dan Bloome

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and have been actively practicing as a counsellor/psychotherapist in the GTA since 2006. During that time I have specialized in the treatment of addictive behaviours and mild to moderate mood issues. I have also been a full-time post-secondary teacher in the area of addictions and mental health treatment since 2011.

I obtained my Master’s of Education degree from University of Toronto/OISE in 2010, specializing in Counselling Psychology for Community and Educational Settings.  Prior to this, I completed a College Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counselling from Durham College in 2006.  I have also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trent University in 2001.  In addition to this, I completed an ‘Advanced Skills Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy’ through the University of Toronto in 2014.

Prior to my current work in private practice and as a college professor, I worked for several years as an Addictions Counsellor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [CAMH] in Toronto, working in the Day Treatment/Outpatient programs and the Residential/In-patient program.  While the focus of treatment in both programs was on reducing or eliminating addictive behaviours, effective treatment also included approaches that effectively address depression, anger and anxiety. I was also the national coordinator and a peer counsellor for a telephone counselling service for English speakers living in Japan while living and working in Japan between 2002 and 2005.

In addition to my private counselling/psychotherapy practice, I am currently a full-time college professor and program coordinator for the the Addictions and Mental Health [ADMH] Graduate Certificate program at Durham College.  I developed and teach a number of courses in the program focusing on contemporary theories and clinical treatment of addiction and mood disorders, which allows me to stay current in research and best practices. In the past, I have provided professional assessment and counselling services for the students at both Durham College and UOIT with the Student Health Centre.


Sasha Stoltz 

With a background deeply rooted in the business community, publicist & executive producer Sasha Stoltz, comes with a "both feet on the ground" quality that her clients have come to depend on. A respected member of North America's publicity elite in the Film & Music industry for over 10 years, Sasha has become the "go to" Publicist , able to "turn on a dime” whatever the budget. Her personal touch to every detail & ability to stay calm & poised no matter the circumstance has earned Sasha the complete trust of her clients. Her ability to connect & hold on to relationships is key to her success. Garnering contacts in Canada, & US ensures her clients receive the exposure they deserve.  From a young age, Sasha was fully entrenched in several successful family-owned businesses. Sasha has worked the red carpets on both sides of the border, The Junos, MMVA's, Toronto International Film Fest, Gemini Awards, US Daytime Emmys & NAACP Awards. Sasha is also the Executive Producer at Have Faith Productions. Have Faith Productions just completed the feature film "Sons 2 The Grave” filmed in Atlanta. The next project from Have Faith Productions will be the feature film "Loud Silence,” and the TV series "Hudson."  

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Melody Land

There are so many things that make me, me. I am a Licensed Counselling Therapist (Candidate) with the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick and Chartered Professional in Human Resources (Candidate) with an eclectic and diverse background. I’ve had over a decade of experience as a Counsellor, Consultant, Facilitator, and Coach with a demonstrated history of working in the individual and family services industry, non-profit, and for micro/small business - which reflects my passion of supporting local and incredible service providers who give important services to those who need them. My passion for learning and growing has given me both experience and education as a Human Resources Professional and Counselling Therapist with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in Counseling Psychology, making my skill set people-focused, flexible, and adaptable. 


As a community minded professional, I am presently serving as a Municipal Councillor for the Village of Hillsborough, where I focus on portfolios surrounding youth engagement, history, arts and culture, and community development. I am a passionate advocate for issues surrounding inclusivity and diversity.


When I am finding balance between work and play, I am living life as a musical with my amazing little family, nerding out with friends by playing and running weekly D&D sessions, spending as much time as possible in Cap Lumiere at the trailer, or cooking up a storm for friends, family, and a few clients in my catering side-biz. Someday wider travel will be part of the plan again, but in the meantime, Covid-Melody is mastering growing and preserving her own food, becoming a handy-woman reno-ing her 135-year-old farm house, attending far to many zoom meetings, and training/being trained by her rescue dog, Ruby.

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Dillon Stuart

 Dillon Stewart is a cultural commentator better known for his current role on the True North Views podcast. A prominent figure in the underground Toronto ndie music scene. Dillon has worked with some of Canada’s biggest music blogs also working with multiple artists across all genres aiding in the creation of music and visuals.