The Slaight Family Foundation has provided more than $200-million in grants to humanitarian and cultural organizations in Canada and beyond. SamaritanMag's Karen Bliss sat with the Foundation's CEO for a frank discussion about the family's philanthropy and his own unbridled passion in supporting Canada's upcoming tier of musicians and songwriters.
A festival of Canadian country superstars has volunteered to appear at Country Thunder that takes place at SaskTel Centre on April 27.
Michael Barclay — who wrote extensively about The Hip's final tour in 2016 for Maclean's magazine, and co-authored 2001 and 2011’s Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995 — has always selected a charity or two for his book projects and this one is no different.
Few bands mesh the political with the personal, the altruistic with the artistic, quite like Rosie & the Riveters. With their honeyed vocal harmonies, vintage 40s-era look, and conscious lyrics, the Saskatoon-based trio is fast emerging as a folk/pop icon for the age.
Saturday, March 23rd, Gary was honoured with the Juno Humanitarian Award at Rogers Convention Centre in Vancouver. Included below is a revealing interview he did with CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos about his drive to better this world.
"I would hope that many people would have stood up and stood up against extremists, against not just the extremists, not just the people, but against the ideology because that's what we have to fight against: the ideology that exists there that does not accept women as equal to men..."
As a way of supporting newcomers, the band has teamed up with the Arcade Fire-associated charity service Plus 1 to donate a dollar from ticket sales from the festival to benefit a local support service.
"I tend to gravitate towards women in history. There are just so many untold stories, especially in Canadian history..."
Request for services continues to increase for both the Counselling & Health Solutions Program and the Emergency Financial Assistance Program.
Absent a crystal ball; it’s impossible to accurately gauge the overall wellness of personnel within the Canadian music industry. But stats provided by Unison Benevolent Fund suggest that for many, being a professional within that industry can be precarious, especially if you’re female, aged 30 to 39 years and coping with personal stress.
Record a track in the men’s room with nearly 50 of Canada’s most celebrated musicians? That is one for the history books.
The 30-year-old LA-based Atlantic Records signing bravely sang about her own experience of sexual abuse and harassment in the ballad “Quiet,” which fanned the flames of the #METOO Movement when she performed it at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.