July 01

THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND PRESENT A FREE FATHER’S DAY CHARITY CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND SPECIAL GUESTS – DAN AYKROYD, COLIN JAMES, JAMES COTTON, COLIN LINDEN, JONAS & WAYNE JACKSON OF THE MEMPHIS HORNS

THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND PRESENT A FREE FATHER’S DAY CHARITY CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF THE UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND SPECIAL GUESTS – DAN AYKROYD, COLIN JAMES, JAMES COTTON, COLIN LINDEN, JONAS & WAYNE JACKSON OF THE MEMPHIS HORNS

TORONTO, ON – In celebration of Father’s Day and what would have been the final date of The Legendary Downchild Blues Band’s 50th Anniversary Tour, the band streamed their “Live At Massey Hall” concert in its entirety as a FREE SHOW for fans, all in support of a very important cause, the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Downchild were joined on stage by some very special guests for their historic “Live At Massey Hall” performance, including Hollywood Star Dan Aykroyd, blues/rock icon Colin James, American blues legend, James Cotton, Grammy Award winner Colin Linden, Montreal chart topping rocker Jonas and the one and only Wayne Jackson of The Memphis Horns.

For a sneak preview of the concert watch “Soul Man” featuring Dan Aykroyd performing alongside Downchild at https://www.youtube.com/c/DownchildBluesBand

Donations to Unison in conjunction with the Downchild concert can be made by texting UNISON to 45678 or visiting UnisonFund.ca/Donations/Spotify

All donations made to Unison will be matched by Spotify as part of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project that has been created to amplify the efforts of organizations that focus on helping those most in need, like the Unison Benevolent Fund. Spotify will match donations made to Unison dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million USD.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. They are there to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. For further, information on Unison and they great work they do, please see https://www.unisonfund.ca/about/mission

“We are honoured to be able to support a great cause like Unison, that truly takes care of our own, in supporting Canadian artists and Canadian music industry professionals in this difficult time. Like so many people across the country and around the world, the music community has been hit hard by the pandemic.” – Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh

Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Hollywood stars Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s hit film, The Blues Brothers. In fact, two Downchild songs, “Shotgun Blues” and “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” were even covered on The Blues Brothers’ 1978 multi-platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues.

“There would be no Blues Brothers if it weren’t for Downchild” – Dan Aykroyd

2018 Juno Award winners, Downchild, include some of the most well respected musicians in the country, who have performed together for over 25 years.  Including lead singer and harmonica player CHUCK JACKSONPAT CAREY on tenor sax, MIKE FITZPATRICK on drums, GARY KENDALL on bass, and former American super-group rocker MICHAEL FONFARA (of Rhinoceros/Lou Reed fame) on keyboards. 

QUOTES FROM THE MEDIA:

“Canadian blues legends”, “one of the greatest blues bands in the world. Period”, “A Tribute to Canadian Music” – Toronto Star

“Downchild has a virtual lock on Canadian blues hierarchy.”- Blues Revue

For further information on Downchild see www.downchild.com

We would like to thank Eric Alper for the artist profile and press release.