Olivia Chow Throws the Horns For Toronto Heavy Metal Cancer Benefit

By Andrew Epstein

Headbanging For A Cure was started in 2012 by Jess Carter and Tristan Biggar (frontman of long-running Toronto band Will of the Ancients) in tribute to Jess’ mother who had passed away from pancreatic cancer. Now in its third year, all net proceeds from the two-day heavy metal and hard rock fest go to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The enigmatic host of the event “The Governor”, reached out to the Toronto mayoral candidates for some extra heavy metal support for this year’s edition. To his surprise current poll-leader Olivia Chow sent a video message where she praises the event, and does a very respectable job of throwing the “metal horns” despite admitting that she’s “not much of a headbanger”.

The 3rd Annual Headbanging For A Cure hits Toronto’s historic El Mocambo this Friday and Saturday. Canadian metal legends Razor will be performing a special set on Day 2. For tickets and more info head over to hbfac.org


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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