Bill Welychka hosted the outdoor viewing event for The Tragically Hip's final concert in Kingston, Springer Square — photo courtesy of B.W.
Bill Welychka hosted the outdoor viewing event for The Tragically Hip's final concert in Kingston, Springer Square — photo courtesy of B.W.

Downie Hometown Tribute Concert Fundraises For Charities

According to Bill Welychka, a former MuchMusic personality and now host and producer for CKWS Daily, a show on the local Global affiliate station in Kingston, who has helped organize the Gord Downie Tribute Concert, and is acting as the event’s MC, the idea started with a simple poem.

“The show gained momentum pretty quick here in Kingston and came from a simple idea – a poem emailed to me by a viewer. I love my job at CKWS because it affords me the beautiful luxury of working with many awesome people, but also the amazing chance to shine a spotlight on an endless amount of worthwhile community endeavours,” Welychka tells Samaritanmag.

"This undertaking started with a Facebook friend, Tammy Selena Tuck. About four months ago, Tammy messaged me a poem she wrote about Gord Downie. She asked me what she can do to get it out there. I said that the public will come if music is associated. Perhaps get a charity involved. After many changes, additions, phone calls, texts and emails, tonight's concert became a reality.

— Read Jim Barber's complete story on Samaritanmag

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