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Neil Peart’s home town is moving ahead on a special memorial

A year after Neil died, the city of St. Catharines, the Ontario city where he grew up, continues to work on creating a special memorial for him at Lakeside Park.

The newly-rebuilt pavilion in the part is now The Neil Peart Pavilion. If you’re a Rush fan, you’ll know about the song of that name co-written by Neil on the Caress of Steel album.

There’s also the Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force. Their goal is to commission a public work of art that will symbolize Neil’s life in music. They’ve been meeting since the summer (safely, of course) looking at what sorts of things would be appropriate. You can bet that artists from all over the planet will be interested in this. More about submissions in the coming weeks.

Expect to hear about a fundraising effort next month. You can follow things here.

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