Local musicians are coming together for two Gord Downie tribute concerts


“Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.” — Gord Downie

Earlier this month, the world lost American rock legend Tom Petty. Just 15 days after his passing, Canada’s most beloved and iconic songwriter, Gord Downie, also passed away. This November and December, Vancouver’s finest independent musicians are coming together to pay tribute to both of these incredible artists.

On November 16, Vancouver’s music community will celebrate both Downie and Petty at the Fox Cabaret in Mount Pleasant.  All Proceeds will be donated to Music Heals Canada.

Music Heals Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada. They increase access to music therapy for patients in children’s hospitals, senior’s centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, habilitation, and bereavement support.

On December 14, East Van musicians will also pay tribute to Cananda’s Rock Poet Legend at the Rio Theatre. Partial proceeds will go to the The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Good Downie’s final album, Introduce Yerself, was released October 27, 2017. It’s the follow up to his award winning album, Secret Path.

RIP – A Tribute to Tom Petty & Gord Downie
November 16, 2017
Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St)

No Dress Rehearsal – A Tribute to Gord Downie
December 14, 2017
Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway)


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