Danforth shooting victim attends sold-out benefit concert


    A younger victim of the mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood was among the many crowd at a benefit concert held Saturday evening to boost cash for these impacted by final month’s violence.

    Samantha Value, a latest highschool grad, was on Danforth Avenue consuming ice cream with 18-year-old Reese Fallon and another mates on the evening of July 22 when a gunman opened fireplace into crowded eating places and patios.

    A bullet pieced Value’s higher thigh, whereas her buddy Fallon was killed. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis was additionally killed and 12 others have been injured earlier than the gunman ended his personal life.

    Value, nonetheless on crutches, and accompanied by her father, Ken Value, returned to the Danforth on Saturday evening to attend the concert organized by Canadian rockers Billy Expertise, who’ve a studio simply steps from the place the shooting occurred.

    Ken Value, father of shooting victim Sam Value, speaks to the gang on the Danforth Music Corridor on Saturday throughout the concert. (Chris Younger/Canadian Press)

    The temper on the concert was one among celebration and kinship, however it was additionally punctuated by solemn moments as the varied musicians paused on stage to remind the enthusiastic viewers, and themselves, why they have been there.

    Tickets price about $50 and the venue’s 1,500 seats have been offered out, with proceeds from the present to be donated to the #TorontoStrong fund.

    Billy Expertise headlined the concert together with musicians Metropolis and Color, Pup, Finger Eleven and Maestro Recent-Wes.

    Ken Value appeared on stage after Metropolis and Color carried out, to thank the viewers for supporting the shooting victims. As Samantha regarded on from the balcony degree, he additionally thanked the primary responders who tended his daughter’s wounds.

    “Sam is fortunate, she is going to get to get better and attend college, however all of us will carry this ahead,” he stated.

    After leaving the present Samantha, who will start research at Western College within the fall, indicated that her restoration has been a “roller-coaster” course of.

    “There are ups and downs on a regular basis, however I am recovering fairly effectively,” she stated, including that returning to the Danforth space was an emotional expertise.

    “I am overwhelmed however I am amazed on the quantity of affection the group has proven,” she stated.

    Finger Eleven kicked off the present following a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, a track additionally carried out a day earlier on the opening of the realm’s Style of the Danforth Competition.

    Maestro Recent-Wes overrated the gang performing some previous hits together with Let Your Spine Slide, whereas Toronto band Pup had concertgoers crowd browsing to their music. Pup lead singer Stefan Babcock even plunged into the gang himself, delighting these close to the entrance of the stage.

    But it surely was when Billy Expertise appeared to start their set with Satan In A Midnight Mass, that the gang actually made it clear who they’d been ready for.

    The band additionally carried out White Sparrows, which lead singer Ben Kowalewicz famous they do not often do. The track’s lyrics, which debate the tragic demise of a girl, served a poignant reminder to the viewers in regards to the shooting victims.

    At one level throughout the set Kowalewicz climbed on prime of a speaker to speak to the gang, which included Toronto Mayor John Tory.

    “We love this metropolis,” he stated, including that the band new it needed to do one thing within the wake of final month’s horrible tragedy.

    “We have to get up and ensure the remainder of the world, and let the group, and let the Danforth, and let the town of Toronto know that we’re a individuals of affection, compassion and kindness,” he stated. “Take this sense from tonight, and whenever you depart these doorways, keep in mind the sensation of tonight and pay that ahead.”

    In closing the present, all the musicians gathered on stage to carry out a rendition of The Tragically Hip’s Bobcaygeon.

    Later, exterior the venue, Yasmin Afshar, 23, stated that listening to Ken Value discuss his daughter actually struck a chord.

    “I believe it actually touched everybody,” she stated, including that music has a means of bringing individuals collectively.

    “Any occasion you go to in Toronto, you understand how many individuals are right here, with you, supporting you.”




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