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!