The Toronto metal community has organized a benefit for one of its own

[A report from occasionall metal correspondent, Andrew Craig. – AC]

The Toronto Metal Community Celebrates The Life and Legacy of The Exalted Piledriver

On September 22nd, Canadian metal legend Gord Kirchin, aka The Exalted Piledriver, sadly passed away – just one day before his 61st birthday. Piledriver is worshipped in the metal underground world-wide, particularly for the 1984 album and song, Metal Inquisition, which arose under strange circumstances that involved the Artificial Joy Club’s Leslie Howe, who also was responsible for Alanis Morissette’s early pop hits.

After leaving the original Piledriver, Kirchin would release music with his band Dogs With Jobs, before reforming Piledriver with a new lineup under the name “The Exalted Piledriver” in 2005.

This Friday December 9th the Toronto metal community celebrates his musical legacy at the Hard Luck Bar. The show will feature past and present members of the Piledriver band, and an all-star lineup of guest musicians including Dave Carlo of Razor.

Proceeds will go to the Centre de Cancérologie – Fondation Sante Gatineau, where Kirchin received treatment before he passed.

More Information here. Need tickets? Go here.

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