‘We’re not going to back down’: Billy Talent lends star power to Danforth benefit concert


    ​A benefit concert might be held tonight on the Danforth Music Corridor to assist victims of final month’s mass taking pictures in Toronto’s Greektown.

    Canadian rock band Billy Talent is headlining the concert together with musicians Metropolis and Color, Pup and another unannounced artists.

    The fundraiser is being held in the identical neighbourhood the place 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis had been killed and 13 others had been injured on July 22, when a gunman fired into crowded eating places and patios.

    Tickets had been round $50 and the venue that seats 1,500 is offered out. Proceeds from the present might be donated to the #TorontoStrong fund.

    The annual Style of the Danforth Competition can also be occurring this weekend, with tons of of hundreds of individuals anticipated to attend the occasion celebrating the favored neighbourhood’s many eating places and various food and drinks choices.

    Justin Trudeau was in Toronto final night time to assist open the competition. The prime minister started his handle by honouring the victims of Friday’s taking pictures in Fredericton He then supplied thanks to the primary responders and others who aided the victims of the Toronto taking pictures.

    ‘It is good to assist individuals’

    Jeewan Gill stated he purchased tickets for the Toronto concert as quickly as they grew to become accessible.

    “I am a giant fan of (Billy Talent). They at all times put collectively benefit live shows,” stated Gill, 26. “It is good to assist those that need assistance due to the taking pictures.”

    Gill moved to Toronto from Vancouver a yr in the past, and stated he is been spending quite a lot of time on Danforth Avenue testing its eating places and music venues.

    He famous that tonight’s present might be his fifth Billy Talent concert, however he stated that given the venue, and the trigger, this one might be a singular occasion. Proceeds from the concert might be donated to the TorontoStrong fund. 2:12

    “There might be a second … the place they discuss in regards to the taking pictures and what the trigger is. There might be a second of sombreness, however they’ve at all times been actually optimistic when it comes to that type of factor,” stated Gill, including that it is going to be a “stick collectively” vibe on the venue.

    Voula Papadopoulos may also be on the present. She stated she and her household and associates are regulars on the Danforth and that the taking pictures has shaken the neighborhood.

    “What occurred is simply unimaginable to occur wherever.… Everyone in the neighborhood is so pleasant, so it hit so arduous. It may have occurred to any of us.”

    Papadopoulos stated she’s additionally an enormous Billy Talent fan, so attending the concert was a straightforward resolution.

    “The truth that the fellows are placing this on is simply superb by itself. It is precisely what we want to present, we’re not scared, and we’ll assist this. We’re not going to back down,” she stated.

    Billy Talent stated in an announcement when the fundraiser was introduced that the taking pictures “hit dwelling” because it occurred only a few blocks from their studio.

    “We wish to throw a concert to present the world and extra importantly our neighborhood that Toronto is a spot of affection, of neighborhood, of kindness and compassion. The violence that has occurred right here this summer time does not signify the bulk.”




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