Billy Talent, City and Colour to perform Danforth shooting benefit concert
Published Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:40AM EDT
The Taste of the Danforth festival in Toronto is already taking a more poignant meaning in the wake of the deadly mass shooting that hit the area last week, but now a couple of Ontario musicians are hoping a performance can bring some cheer to the region.
Rock band Billy Talent and singer-songwriter Dallas Green's City and Colour are holding a “Toronto Together” benefit concert at the Danforth Music Hall on Aug. 11, during the annual festival celebrating the food and culture of the Danforth neighbourhood.
“We want to celebrate (the victims),” Billy Talent lead singer Ben Kowalewicz told CP24 on Tuesday. “We want to let them know that we love them.”
Toronto-based punk rock band Pup is also among the performers. Several other artists have yet to be announced.
The Danforth Music Hall is just steps away from where a gunman opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood on July 22. The shooter killed two people and injured another 13.
The area is known for its arts community. Billy Talent converted a home in the area into a private studio while the late Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip’s former lead singer, also owned a house in the neighbourhood.
Tickets go on sale on Aug. 1 at 10:00 a.m. They cost $50 and are limited to two per person.
All proceeds will be donated to the #TorontoStrong fund.
With files from The Canadian Press
We’re announcing a special TOronto TOgether show on 8/11 at The Danforth Music Hall with our friends, @CityAndColour & @puptheband to help raise money for the Victims of The Danforth shootings. More info at https://t.co/PN0lJ7HMCj #torontostrong pic.twitter.com/lfbY8vbGkE— Billy Talent (@BillyTalentBand) July 31, 2018
Still can’t grasp the reality of what happened yesterday. This is an area that our close friends and family live that is blocks from our studio but I believe in us, I believe in our community, I believe in love, I believe in you, I believe in Toronto.— Ben Kowalewicz (@BenKowalewiczBT) July 24, 2018