Award-winning Toronto multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is partnering with Record Store Day Canada in support of MusiCounts. On Saturday, April 13, he releases an exclusive EP titled Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite. The special edition 12” EP on 180g clear vinyl is limited to a hand-numbered run of 500 and will be available only at participating record stores listed HERE.
Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite is described as "a wild medley of vintage superhero-related songs, including iconic music from TV and film running the gamut from the classic Batman theme to the 1978 soundtrack of Superman."
The record features a high-profile cast of eclectic artists performing songs originally done by the Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Queen and Black Sabbath. The musical luminaries include Ron Sexsmith, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions, members of The Lou Reed Band, and more. One noteworthy highlight is Violent Femmes, Barenaked Ladies and Colin Hay joining forces for the theme song from TV's Batman.
Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite will retail for $15 with all proceeds going to Canada’s music education charity MusiCounts. A school that has received support from MusiCounts was the setting for a promo video voiced by Kiefer Sutherland and featuring some of Canada’s diverse talent including Barenaked Ladies all performing the “Batman” theme.
Says Hearn, “This project was a fun and epic way to make music with friends, all in the name of a good cause. Music is a beautiful, universal language that can change lives. It’s powerful and healing. Every child should have the opportunity to explore, learn, and make music.”