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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Gord Downie, Metallica, More

Gord Downie

Gord Downie

Below are some of the stories I wrote for charity-focused entertainment site Samaritanmag back in the fall.

Metallica Will Headline Huge Benefit Concert to Help San Francisco Area Residents Affected By Wildfires

David Foster Foundation’s 30th Miracle Gala Raises $10.2 Million In Vancouver

WATCH: Gord Downie Wanted to Protect Our Water

Dolly Parton Donates Money and Books for Hurricane Relief Efforts

Downie and Wenjack Families Thank Canada for Support

Midnight Oil To Perform Benefit Show To Support Oceans

NABSDay Launched To Support Advertising Industry People In Time Of Need

LISTEN: Miley Cyrus Sings Teddy Bears Picnic To Protect B.C. Grizzlies

Late Tom Petty Supported a Number of Causes and Charities

Bruno Mars Helps Send Students To Grammy Music Camp

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The Spirit Behind The Spirit Of John Concert

Spirit Of The West's John Mann

Spirit Of The West’s John Mann

In recent years a cast of high-profile Canadian musicians have been rallying around Spirit Of The West singer John Mann in the wake of his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

This past September these musicians gathered in Toronto for the Spirit Of John benefit concert.

I spoke to organizer/Chalk Circle singer Christ Tait about the event for Samaritanmag.

To read the story click here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Paul Simon, Charles Bradley And More

Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Below is a collection of stories I wrote for music ‘n’ charity site Samaritanmag in late summer 2017:

Students From Pathways To Education Program To Attend Obama Speech

Fans of the Late Charles Bradley Asked to Donate to All-Stars Project and Music Unites

Beyoncé, Oprah, George Clooney, Many More To Be Part Of Hand In Hand Hurricane Harvey Benefit

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell Donate $1 Million USD To Hurricane Harvey Relief

People to Pets: 5 Ways To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Dolly Parton’s First-Ever Children’s Album Will Fund Free Children’s Books

Stars Using Upcoming Tour To Support Native Women’s Shelter Of Montreal

Muscular Dystrophy Association Chair Releases Statement About Death of Jerry Lewis

Loverboy Autographed Bass and Lyric Sheet Auction To End Before Weekend

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready to Perform Star-Spangled Banner at September Seattle Mariners Game for Crohn’s Research

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Socially Conscious Video Games For Change

Games For Change

Games For Change

I recently interviewed Susanna Pollack, the president of the organization Games For Change, about how her organization hopes to use video games — both the creation and playing of — as a social tool to help young people with less opportunity.

There’s also a Lady Gaga connection in all of this.

To read the story head over to Samaritanmag by clicking here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Shania Twain, Fleetwood Mac, More

Shania Twain

Shania Twain

Here’s a batch of news stories I wrote for the charitably-minded Samaritanmag entertainment site this past summer:

Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dan Aykroyd, Rush’s Geddy Lee and More Raise $325,000 For Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Kanye West Gives Paralyzed Fan Gift, Calls Him An “Inspiration”

Fleetwood Mac to Be 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year

Shania Twain Offers Perks with Album Pre Orders for Her Kids Can Charity

Nashville Acts Band Together For Anti-Trump, Pro-Planned Parenthood Compilation

Toronto International Film Festival Launches Five Year Commitment to Female Filmmakers

Indian City Song Addresses Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

Beyonce, Willie Nelson, Kendrick Lamar Items Part of New MusiCares Auction

New Shawnee Song “Warrior Heart” to Support We Matter Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention

Bet Smith’s “Fires, Fires, Fires” Song Helps Muskoka Conservancy

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The Pursuit Of Positive Video Games

Games For Change participants

Games For Change participants

Games For Change is an organization dedicated to using video games to make positive social change in the world through various initiatives.

I spoke to the organization’s president Susan Pollack about what they’re trying to achieve and how Lady Gaga figures into all of it in a piece for Samaritanmag.

To read the story click here.

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John Cody’s Race Against Time

John Cody

John Cody

Faced with a cancer diagnosis that would rob him of his voice forever, veteran music man John Cody furiously worked to put together the songs and guest players for his album Hard Won: The Final Recordings.

I spoke to Cody just before he was set to have his throat surgery for Samaritanmag.

The interview appeared shortly after the album came out.

To read it click here.

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