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A global pride of 47 life-sized lion sculptures has appeared on the streets of cities around the world to raise awareness of the threats facing lions and raise funds to support conservation projects across Africa. The sculptures, painted by artists that include Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and actor John Cleese, first appeared on World Lion Day (Aug. 10) in Wellington, N.Z., London and Bristol in England, The Hamptons in New York, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nairobi, Kenya and Sydney, Australia. Collectively they’re known as The Tusk Lion Trail in recognition of Tusk, an organization that...
The annual Unison Charity Golf Classic is returning this year, abiding by covid safety measures and limited in capacity, and is still in need of sponsors. Funds raise support Unison, the non-profit that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. The Unison Charity Golf Classic will take place in Montreal at Beaconsfield Golf Club on Sept. 20, Toronto at Lionhead Golf Club on Sept. 28, and Vancouver at Tsawwassen Springs on Oct. 7. Registration for foursomes ($1000 for four players) is now open with limited capacity and even non-golfers are welcome...
A one-hour CBC TV and online special, Terry Fox: The Power of One, will air on Monday, Aug. 9, featuring an array of noted Canadians such as Sidney Crosby, Catherine O’Hara, Darryl Sittler, and Prime Minister Trudeau, plus performances from Alessia Cara, Tom Cochrane and William Prince.  Members of Fox’s family will also share personal memories.
Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs have pledged to donate a minimum of $150,000 over the next decade to help support various local charities, with a specific focus on those benefitting Indigenous peoples. A minimum of $15,000 will be given out each year. The band —  frontman Ewan Currie, guitarist Shamus Currie, bassist Ryan Gullen, drummer Sam Corbett and utility player Jim Bowskill — will raise the funds from a portion of ticket, physical album or t-shirt sales, plus non-ticketed show income, starting this Sunday (Aug. 7) with their set at the Saskatoon Jazz Festival. “We have been fortunate...
The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Office of Adult Education has launched the “Never Too Late to Graduate” campaign featuring West Virginia native and 2011 America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. The campaign, which features Murphy on billboards throughout the state, encourages adults who haven’t completed high school to earn their high school equivalency diploma and pursue post-secondary training and courses that could open employment and career options for them. Murphy dropped out of high school and washed dishes, sold shoes and worked temporary jobs in an...
Dave Matthews Band is inviting fans to enter a contest to help plant trees around the globe through donations to The Nature Conservancy via The Bama Works Fund. Having fully funded the planting of a million trees in 2020, Dave Matthews Band is on a mission to plant a million more in an effort to restore healthy forests, curb the effects of climate change, provide clean air and fresh drinking water, and secure homes for thousands of species of plants and animals. The effort is in support of The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees program, a forest restoration effort that will plant...
Dallas Green’s City and Colour is back on the road in September through December and one dollar from every ticket sold will go to Indspire, a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The chartitable donation is through Plus 1, founded by former Arcade Fire member Marika Anthony-Shaw, which works with touring artists to select a charity to which one dollar from every concert ticket sold goes. According to the City and Colour press release, to date, Green has donated over $80,000, to Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures Scholarship...
Canadian prog-rock duo Crown Lands, which just won the 2021 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year, has just released the final song in a trilogy about Indigenous rights. “White Buffalo” is produced by David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Tool, Muse, Godsmack, King Crimson), the music video directed by Alimzhan Sabir (watch below). The band, whose name means territory belonging to the monarch, or, more accurately, stolen from First Peoples, previously released “Mountain” about colonization and “End of the Road” about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (a staggering 1181 between...
Gibson Gives, the philanthropic arm of Gibson, the Nashville-based guitar manufacturers, exceeded expectations when it raised over US$2.5M worldwide to the point where it’s now expanding its charities. Supporting a mandate to create, develop and support non-profit organizations to advance musicians, youth-focused education and wellness initiatives, the Gibson organization has directed some of its brands to follow suit, announcing  the formation of three more charities to serve under its umbrella: Epiphone Empowered, Kramer Kares and Mesa Mission. With 100% of all donations with this...
Stand Up and Shout for Ronnie James Dio’s birthday, the global virtual concert set for tomorrow (July 10) from Rolling Live Studios, includes a staggering who’s who of talent — including Alice Cooper, Geezer Butler, Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, and Tony Iommi —  coming together for performances, interviews, and birthday wishes for the late rock legend.  The event is hosted on rollinglivestudios.com and begins at 5 p.m. EST, raising money for The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late musician who was the frontman of Dio, Black...
Country musician Dallas Smith has created a hotel concert series to raise money for his non-profit organization Lifted, “committed to ensuring that mental health services are accessible to anyone and everyone in need.” The inaugural shows for the Lifted Hotel Festival will be held in Vancouver at The Westin Bayshore, Sept. 17-18, and viewed from the hotel's balconies. Only 200 tickets will be sold per day, starting at $699 for the room (for four people) and concert. The on-sale begins at 10 a.m. (PT) July 13 on the Showpass website. "With lush and serene Stanley Park at its doorstep, water...
On July 7,  former Beatle Ringo Starr will celebrate his 81st birthday the same way he’s been celebrating it since 2008:  by inviting fans and followers everywhere to wish the world “Peace and Love,” whether by statement, thought or post. Asking the public to synchronize their message at noon on his special day, the celebrated musician and actor was forced for the second year in a row to extend his message via video, rather than in-person, bypassing a tradition that began at Chicago’s Hard Rock Café 13 years ago, meeting fans, passing out cupcakes and joining the crowd. “Good afternoon....
Kardinal Offishall, who often lends his many talents as a rapper and connector, to help various causes, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the performers at his sold-out Free The City event, June 30, at Toronto’s CityView Drive-In. The free tickets for the show went like that. Hosted by Mark Strong (the voice of the Toronto Raptors), among the entertainers he has managed to rally are Dave Chappelle, Notifi, Michael Che (SNL), Donnell Rawlings, Glenn Lewis, Karl Wolf, Shantel May, Michie Mee, Jamar McNeil (Chum FM), DJ 4 Korners from the Raptors, Swaggerite, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince...
Singer/actress Cher is helping to bring mobile testing and vaccinations for the coronavirus to young people and families across New York living in high-risk neighbourhoods. Her CherCares Pandemic Resource and Response Fund (CPRRF) in partnership with Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness has donated a bus offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to NYC Health Hospitals Test & Trace Corps. It’s the city’s first bus to offer both COVID-19 tests as well as vaccines. “I feel so fortunate to be able to do my part to ensure access for the children and families in...
For the 17th straight year, Andy Kim, the hitmaker behind The Archies multi-million-selling single “Sugar Sugar” and the chart-topping “Rock Me Gently,” is hosting a star-studded charity Christmas concert. Returning to Toronto’s newly renovated Massey Hall after being forced by the pandemic in 2020 to conduct a virtual televised show that raised over $200,000, Kim and friends will appear on Dec. 8 at the venerated venue in support of CAMH Gifts of Light, which provides gifts to patients of Canada's largest mental health hospital. Unlike other hospitals, The Centre for Addiction and Mental...
Innovative blues-soul musician Conor Gains will be releasing a special version of his Three EP for Record Store Day Canada with the proceeds going towards the MusiCounts charity. Three RSDC Edition is the lead promotional release for Record Store Day Canada on June 12. The special edition vinyl release will retail for $10 and includes a bonus sixth song ("Stutter") which is not found on the regular edition of Three. There will be 175 copies of Three RSDC Edition spread across 20 different Canadian record stores. Money raised from the sale of Three RSDC Edition will go to MusiCounts' Band...