Had we not had to deal with a worldwide pandemic, people would have converged on the Meridan Centre in St. Catharines this May for a special event commemorating Neil Peart in his hometown.
But like everything else, the cornavirus has screwed with this, too. A Night for Neil bas been moved to Saturday, October 17.
From the press release:
ollowing the passing of Neil Peart, OC, legendary drummer of the iconic Canadian rock band, RUSH, fans from across the globe will have an opportunity to gather and celebrate his legacy.
The re-scheduled event will be held in the late Mr. Peart’s hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, CA, on Saturday October 17, 2020, at the Meridian Centre. It is being coordinated in cooperation with the Peart family, Overtime Angels, Inc. – a registered 501(c)(3) charity – and the City of St. Catharines. Overtime Angels will be bringing together numerous musicians, speakers, and friends to pay tribute to Neil’s life and career. We are diligently working with the artists’ management to secure the rescheduled date with the talent, and we will release that information as soon as it is available.
Lance Kasten, Vice President of Overtime Angels, Inc. explains, “The event will honour “The Professor” of words, lyricism and musicianship from a fan’s perspective. The outpouring of support for this event from across the globe has been tremendous.”
Speaking on behalf of Neil’s family, his parents, Glen and Betty Peart stated, “We are grateful for the team that Overtime Angels is assembling…we are especially pleased to be able to support this charity event that will benefit some much-needed organizations that are close to our hearts.” Neil’s sister Nancy added, “Our family is very much looking forward to celebrating Neil’s legacy with all of his fans, in support of our charities.”
In addition to Overtime Angels, the charities chosen by the Peart Family as beneficiaries of this event are
- St. Catharines Hospital and Walker Cancer Centre
- The Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario
- The Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario Tickets will continue to be on sale using this link.
Peart was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on September 12, 1952, and raised in St. Catharines. He became the drummer and main lyricist for RUSH in 1974 and spent more than four decades with the band. Along with his bandmates, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Neil was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996.
He passed away on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, after a more than three-year battle with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. For more information on Neil Peart’s life and legacy visit Rush.com
Those interested in sponsorship opportunities, or additional event information may visit an4n.org
Press inquiries, please contact Donna Halper, (617) 653-9321 or email [email protected]