Gord Downie-inspired “longest concert ever” event now officially a Guinness World Record

Remember last spring when the Whitchurch Pup in Stouffville, Ontario, tried to pull off the longest concert ever? More specifically, organizer Kevin Ker and his people were looking to stage the longest continuous gig featuring multiple performers. The whole thing was a fundraiser inspired by Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis.

In the end, the show went on for 437 hours (that’s more than 18 days) and raised $90,000. The whole thing was subject to rigorous video monitoring to make sure that all the rules set down by the Guinness Book of World Records were followed.

They were. And now they’re in.

Kevin emailed me this morning to say that the Guinness people in both London and New York have signed off on the attempt at the Stouffville event is now officially the world record holders for “The Longest Concert by Multiple Artists” in all of recorded history.

A Guinness judge is on his/her way to Stouffville for a special certification this Saturday during the town’s new Wintersong music festival.

The official presentation will take place at 2:30 on the outdoor community stage at 6240 Main Street in Stouffville.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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