Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fucked Up and Sloan play Toronto Benefit shows

    Toronto's The Great Hall plays host to a couple of benefit shows on the 20th and 21st of this month. On the 20th Toronto's own Fucked Up will play all 78 minutes of their critically acclaimed punk rock opera David Comes To Life as a benefit concert for the COUNTERfit's drug user's memorial project and The Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund. The Sadies, PS I Love You and Quest for Fire are also on the bill that night…Do not miss this killer show.

  Then the following night Fucked Up present (They are NOT playing that night) a second benefit concert featuring Sloan, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ohbijou and Bonjay. Sloan have announced they are going to be playing the full One Chord to Another record, now that is one show you will not want to miss (I saw Sloan this summer and they are as good if not even better than when they started 20 years ago). 

Tickets are $20 for both evenings and are now on sale at Fucked Up's webstore. Both shows take place at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) and are all ages events with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are also available at Rotate This (801 Queen St. W.) and Soundscapes (572 College St.) in Toronto.    

  At the shows you will be able to pick up a split 7" of Fucked Up and Sloan. Fucked Up cover "Jingle Bells" and Sloan cover the Christmas classic "12 Days of Christmas"…Sloan's version is already available here 

There will also be an After is the flyer with all of the info:

Below are descriptions of the two charities that will benefit from these two shows:

COUNTERfit's drug user's memorial project was established to acknowledge the high number of drug user deaths due to the drug war. The project will create a permanent outdoor monument to remember and celebrate the lives of drug users who have died in our community. It also aims to strengthen our resolve to end the drug war and the devastating impacts on our friends and family members.

The Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund was set up to support The Algonquins of Barriere Lake, a small First Nations community in Quebec. They have been forced into a costly legal battle with Canada to protect their land rights. The community has been fighting for years to ensure Canada and Quebec honour their Trilateral Agreement, a landmark resource co-management agreement signed in 1991. The governments are determined to quash the agreement and are now trying to seize sensitive community documents supporting the fight for the Trilateral Agreement. These documents include research on traditional land use & occupancy, wildlife habitat studies, and land claims research.

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

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