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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Madonna, Prince Harry, U2, More

Madonna marches on Washington.

Madonna marches on Washington.

Here are some of the news stories I wrote for charitably-minded entertainment site Samaritanmag in January:

Read Madonna’s Women’s March on Washington Speech

Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples Release Charity Song To Support American Civil Liberties Union

Watch Video: Prince Harry Visits Botswana, Signs on to Help Protect Rhinos

Buffy Sainte-Marie to Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award At Juno Awards

U2 Private Concert, Tea With Bono and Julia Roberts Raffled Off to Support AIDS Charity

9 Civil Rights Museums To Visit For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Hockey Team to Honour The Tragically Hip, Auction Custom Jerseys for Gord Downie Fund

What Is The Committee to Protect Journalists Meryl Streep Mentioned At Golden Globes?

KIND Foundation Gives $1.1 Million USD To Seven People Doing Good

Little Big Town to Help Launch Music in Our Schools Tour

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Gord Downie, By Divine Right, Dolly Parton, More

Gord Downie

Gord Downie

Here’s a batch of stories I did late last year for Samaritanmag:

New Michael Schumacher Non-Profit Encourages People to Keep Fighting

Dolly Parton Raises More Than $9 Million U.S. For Tennessee Fire Victims

Kiehl’s To Support Four Canadian Charities During Holiday Season

New ‘Music ♥’s Everybody’ Clothing Line By SOCAN To Support Unison Benevolent Fund

Chantal Kreviazuk Auctioning Off Intimate Home Concert For War Child

Gord Downie Honoured by Assembly of First Nations in Emotional Ceremony

Toronto Raptors Debut Four Limited Edition Caps for Charity

Amazon’s Priest and Imam Ad Shows a Shared Humanity

By Divine Right’s Last Depeche Mode Cover Performance To Help All Paws

Doug Gilmour Courage Campaign To Raise Money For Gord Downie Cancer Research

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Rush, Metallica, Neil Young, More



I’ve been doing a bunch of stuff  over at the music-ish charity ‘n’ good news website Samaritan Mag.

Here’s a batch of news pieces in November and December:

Rush Donate $40k To Gord Downie Cancer Fund

Neil Young Calls on President Obama in Standing Rock Support Letter

What Is Giving Tuesday?

Heavy Metal Bowling Event In Ronnie James Dio’s Memory Raises Nearly $50K

Year-End: MusiCounts Donated $525K Worth of Instruments and Gear to 33 Community Groups

Metallica Doing Club Show in Toronto to Support Daily Bread Food Bank

Andy Kim Christmas with Nelly Furtado, Ron Sexsmith, Sloan and More, on Way to a Sell-Out

Russell Brand Advocates For Political Change, Optimism In New Video

Monster Truck Are ‘For The People’ With New Throwback Animated Video

World Diabetes Day Is Today, Frederick Banting’s Birthday

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The Wooden Sky Help Refugees

The Wooden Sky

The Wooden Sky

Over the holiday season the entirely quality indie folk band The Wooden Sky played multiple charity shows to help fund some refugee residences around Ontario.

I interviewed band lead singer Gavin Gardiner to find out why they were doing this.

To read the full interview head over to Samaritan Mag by clicking here.

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‘The War Show’ Documentary Shows Impact Of Syrian War

The War Show

The War Show

It’s pretty easy for most of us here in the western world to bury our heads in the sand and ignore what’s been happening in Syria.

Part of this is distance and another part is perceived difference — if you don’t know these people it makes it easier not to care about them, right?

A new documentary called The War Show is helping illuminate what it’s like for the Syrian people and it’s… awful.

I spoke to The War Show co-director Andreas Dalsgaard about this when he was in town for TIFF.

To read the full interview click here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Tom Petty, Afghan Whigs, More

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

I’ve been doing a bunch of stuff  over at the music-ish charity ‘n’ good news website Samaritan Mag.

Here’s a batch of recent news pieces:

Tom Petty To Be Named MusiCares Person of the Year

7 Songs For Remembrance Day

Billy Talent Drum Kit Being Auctioned Off For MS Charity

Afghan Whigs to Perform Two Benefit Concerts For Guitarist with Inoperable Cancer

Stephen Colbert, Rob Lowe, Pearl Jam, and More Ramping Up #GoVote Campaign

Macklemore Talks ‘Drug Dealer’ And Opioid Addiction In WE Day Toronto Video

Eminem’s New Freestyle Has Social Justice Elements

Arnold Palmer’s Giving Legacy To Live On With Arnie’s Army Foundation

Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund To Further Reconciliation Efforts

International Day Of The Girl Theme Not Very Exciting but Crucial

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‘Migrant Dreams’ Explores Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Ontario greenhouses

Ontario greenhouses

For all the rah-rah about how well it treats its citizens, provides a safety net for the less fortunate and supports refugees and immigrants, there’s a semi-secret underclass Canadians should be ashamed about the way they’re treated — temporary foreign workers.

Brought in to Canada on restrictive short term contracts to do farming, manual labour and “jobs Canadians won’t do,” temporary workers are often exploited in this country.

A recent documentary about this subject called Migrant Dreams explores this subject in depth.

I spoke to director Min Sook Lee about it for Samaritan Mag.

To read the full interview click here.

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