Manitoba musicians are speaking out against a problem that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society: bullying.
In a short video directed by Storm The Castle Media's Jarrod Tully, Drew Kozub from BT Winnipeg and over a dozen Manitoba artists lent their voices to the cause. The hope is that it will raise awareness for the issue that makes life painful for countless and help prevent more tragic suicides.
“There seem to be more and more reports of kids killing themselves because of bullying,” said Tully. “I think it's something that needs more exposure. Just letting kids know there are places they can go for help is important because I think a lot of times they feel so isolated and don't realize how much support is out there.”
The video tackles the issue by having the musicians provide statistics and tips to help understand the problem and tell viewers how they can stop or avoid it. The video says that, according to a 2011 Ipsos-Reid survey, 25 per cent of girls and 17 per cent of boys have witnessed online harassment. One in five Canadian teens have witnessed online bullying.
“The response I got was great so I just started approaching musicians randomly who I had never met or spoken to before,” said Tully. “They were extremely supportive. I've always felt the most impactful messages come from the united voice of a community rallying together, so it was great that so many musicians were willing to stand behind the cause.”
Imaginary Cities’ vocalist Marti Sarbit said there is one thing everyone can do to help stop bullying.
“Continue speaking out against it,” said Sarbit. “Bullying should be seen as wrong and unacceptable. We need to teach kids to treat others as they want to be treated.”
The video features appearances from Sarbit, Don Amero, members of Lost Weekend, The Wailin’ Jennys, Keith & Renee, The Noble Thiefs, Les Jupes, The Treble, Take Me To The Pilot, and more.
For more information on anti-bullying, please visit stopabully.ca.