Toronto stays strong at Danforth fundraiser with Billy Talent, City and Colour and special guests. Here’s what happened.

Toronto definitely came together on August 11th, raising at least $75,000 for the #TorontoStrong fund while rocking out to Billy Talent and friends at a jam-packed Danforth Music Hall. The double-digit Canadian award-winning band wanted to show support for the area where they call their recording studio home, which is still recovering from the tragic shooting that happened less than a month earlier.

Fans and Danforth supporters were treated to a night of great music that included appearances from Finger Eleven, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Hayden, PUP and City and Colour in addition to a full set by Billy Talent that contained its own share of surprises in the form of Serena Ryder and Sum 41’s Dave Baksh and Jason McCaslin guesting on a few songs.

The big finale saw everyone come out – and come together – for a rousing, tearjerking rendition of The Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon”. For whatever reason, tracks off of the 20-year-old Phantom Power don’t seem to be available on Soundsgood, so I included the newest cover version of it by Reuben and the Dark, who are donating all proceeds to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Stream away to help some good causes!

Gilles LeBlanc

Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.

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