JULY 2023


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Remembering the Life of 
Stanley Shortt

After decades of helping to enrich the music industry and serving our members, former Chair of our Board of Trustees, Mr. Stanley Shortt passed away on February 15, 2023. He was 91 years old.

A father, grandfather, and devoted husband, Mr. Shortt dedicated his life to making a lasting difference in his community. He was a Torontonian through and through, and left his mark on some of the most iconic institutions in the city—the University of Toronto, the Meridian Arts Center, Eaton’s, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and as a first violinist with Orchestra Toronto for over 30 years.

During his storied career, Mr. Shortt was a performer, concert master, and administrator. Once retired, Mr. Shortt faithfully served MPF of Canada members as Board Chair.

In honor of his passion for making the world a better place through music, Mr. Shortt’s family made these requests in lieu of flowers at his memorial: to share stories, to support worthy causes, and, of course, to listen to music.

We remember Mr. Shortt for the delight music brought him, and for his many years of service to our members and the music industry. Our thoughts are with his family during this time.

East Coast Music Awards, CFM Coffee Break: Diversify Your Revenues panel, (from left to right): Rosalyn Dennett (Folk Music Ontario), Liana White (CFM), Varun Vyas (Halifax Local 571) and Humbert Martins (MPF of Canada).

A Wonderful Week at the East Coast Music Awards

For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from the Fund Office attended the East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs). This year’s event was in Halifax from May 3–7.

Paul, our Fund Office Manager, and Humbert, our Director of Pension Benefits, represented MPF Canada at the event. They came back with glowing reports of the Festival including inspiring musical performances, productive conversations with CFM representatives, and unique opportunities to hear from Fund members and non-members alike.

Paul and Humbert joined the representatives from the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) at the CFM booth during the convention. In doing so, they provided firsthand guidance to members including, but not limited to, how to apply for their pensions and how to track their contributions

A special highlight for the Fund came in the conference event series when Humbert participated in the CFM Coffee Break: Diversify Your Revenues panel. There, he shared the advantages of working under a union contract, how the Fund works, and how employer contributions add up over time to help provide a stable retirement benefit to musicians.

We thank the musicians of the East Coast for putting on such an incredible show and we’re already looking forward to EMCA 2024 in Charlottetown!


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