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Hello Cannabis Launches #GoodbyeOpioids Campaign at Hamilton’s Club Absinthe

Hello Cannabis Launches #GoodbyeOpioids Campaign at Hamilton’s Club Absinthe

LEGENDARY HAMILTON music venue Club Absinthe and newly opened Hamilton based Medical Cannabis Education Center, Hello Cannabis, have partnered to Launch The #GoodbyeOpioids Campaign.  

The #GoodbyeOpioids Campaign is an awareness and fundraising initiative built by the team at Hello Cannabis to raise funds for opioid research and harm reduction programs in the city of Hamilton, Ontario. The Medical Cannabis Education Center has hopes of eventually bringing their message to the national stage, which promotes the theory of cannabis as an exit strategy to opioid addiction.   Canadian musician turned Cannabis advocate, Ben Rispin, who’s at the helm of the #GoodbyeOpioids project, had this to say;   

“I cut my teeth in the cannabis industry by throwing events and fundraisers for various cannabis related companies. Through those events, I’ve been fortunate enough to see the various ways Cannabis has helped sick people, first hand. I’ve witnessed many people using Cannabis as an “exit drug”, relieving the symptoms of withdrawal as they work to get off Opiates and Opioids.  . It was what initially awoke the current form of Cannabis advocate in me. When I made the move to Hello Cannabis,  CEO/Founder Stephen Verbeek mentioned an idea he had called #GoodbyeOpioids , as sort of a call an answer to the Hello Cannabis name. I fell in love with the idea. Like so many of us, My inner circle has  been directly affected by the opioid crisis. I look forward to taking my passion for music, event production and Cannabis advocacy to the next level while trying to force change in our community.”  

Headlining the live music event will be internationally acclaimed Canadian punk stalwarts, THE FLATLINERS   

Rispin continued, “Club Absinthe, The Flatliners, Along side Hamilton’s music and arts community are the perfect partners to launch this initiative. The Absinthe team are like family to me and are leaders in the industry when it comes to throwing epic events while simultaneously being socially conscious. We’re all trying to make our community a better, safer, healthier place. Plus, you know, who doesn’t love The Flatliners ?”    


The Flatliners’ career is a testament to perseverance and dedication. With a lineup that has never strayed from the original members who met as teenagers, the band has since logged countless miles on the road and amassed a dedicated legion of fans along the way. Now approaching 15 years of hammering out bombastic tunes everywhere from dive bar festival stages to European concert halls, The Flatliners hold fast to the DIY punk-rock ethos that has been at the group’s core since the beginning. The band came out swinging with youthful exuberance on their debut record, Destroy To Create , in 2005, and they’ve honed their anthemic style with each subsequent release: The Great Awake in 2007, Cavalcade in 2010, Dead Language in 2013 and Division of Spoils in 2015. 

But franetic touring schedules and prolific recording output takes its toll, and The Flatliners decided to spend the majority of 2015 off the road to recharge and reconnect with friends and family. Striking a balance between home and road life is a difficult task, but frontman and guitarist Chris Cresswell concedes that it’s necessary. 

“That’s what we’ve been in search of for probably the last seven years. We noticed it in ourselves, and that’s what we’re really striving for now,” he says. “We have a lot of people in our lives that are super supportive of what we do, and we’re supportive of each other.” 

The band may have opted for more downtime, but there was still plenty going on behind the scenes. Early in 2015, the guys found themselves without the familiarity of the jam space they had inhabited for nearly a decade—four walls that had been the incubator for hundreds of songs and uninhibited creativity. Several months were spent renting rooms wherever they were available before the band was able to settle into a new space, but the group did their best not to let the upheaval hinder their burgeoning roster of new material. Borne out of that chaos was Nerves, a two-song EP released in October 2016 that also marked the band’s first recording on Dine Alone Records. 

The recording serves as a taste of what eager fans can expect to hear on The Flatliners’ new album, Inviting Light, set to be released on April 7, 2017. The band has been working hard to refine its unmistakable style, ensuring they don’t lose sight of their roots while continuing to move forward. 

“ Inviting Light is about trying to keep up with life around you but also wading through the potential bullshit of people thinking that a digital landscape is more important than their friends,” Cresswell explains. “It’s inevitable that you’re fighting for people’s attention now, whether you’re a band or an individual, and there’s not as much value placed on face-to-face human interaction as there is in elevating the profile.” 

Meaningful interaction may be more difficult to achieve these days, but the group’s steadfast members continue to build on the enduring connection that brought them together all those years ago, celebrating one another’s personal milestones and weathering each new experience as a unit. 

“It feels like we’re onto something,” Cresswell adds. “It’s exciting for a band to be 15 years into their existence and have this. It’s a refreshing thing.”  


Hello Cannabis is a Medical Cannabis Education Center, located in beautiful Dundas, Ontario. The center prides itself on its ability to deliver the industry’s best practices and standards to its patients while insuring a patient centric, holistic approach to Cannabis.  Hello Cannabis acts as a concierge service, connecting Patients, Doctors and LP’s (Licensed Producers) in the Medical Cannabis Landscape.  Through agreements with numerous licensed producers, Hello Cannabis is able to source and recommend the best medicine possible for patients’ symptoms, as opposed to only having a single well to draw from.  

When asked about the company, CEO and Hello Cannabis founder Stephen Verbeek had this to say, “This has been a very special project that our team has embarked on over the last few years. We’ve been keeping publicity to a minimum while it has been built and it is now ready. Serving 3 locations and counting by the end of February. This entity has already helped over 500 people like myself. It is a FREE service to patients and we follow health canada regulations for LEGAL access to medicine. I hope you can celebrate and learn about Cannabis and some of the success stories behind it.”  



WHEN: APRIL 20TH / 2018


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