Musicians Busk in Toronto for War Child

By Karen Bliss 9/22/09 |

War Child Canada’s second annual Busking For Change, a day of music on the streets of Toronto, will take place Sept. 29. Notable artists, including Chantal Kreviazuk, Ill Scarlett and Sass Jordan, will be busking throughout the city at pre-determined locations in downtown Toronto.  Money collected at each site, and through online donations, will support War Child Canada, a charity that provides humanitarian assistance to war-affected children in some of the most devastated regions of the world.

Among the musicians taking to the streets are Kreviazuk, Jordan,  Ill Scarlett, Neverending White Lights, Shiloh, Down With Webster, Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle, Liam Titcomb, USS, Arkells, Zack Werner, Brian Melo, Theo Tams, The Cliks, Hollerado, Stephen Stanley (ex Lowest of the Low), Jadea Kelly and Arif (Protest The Hero), Kevin Fox, Low Level Flight, Drew Wright (Fall & Divide), JT (ex Staggered Crossing,  Richard Underhill, Crush Luther, The Apollo Effect, Magneta Lane, Dodger, The Beauties, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Daniel Roth (Cavaliers), Sarah Blackwood (The Creepshow), Frankie Whyte and the Dead Idols, Aberdeen, Toronto Chamber Choir, Walk Off The Earth, Permanent Bastards, The Johnstones AR, Andrew Cole, Joshua Cockerhill, Dean Lickyer, Brenna MacQuarrie, Volcanoless in Canada, The Mark Inside, Make Your Exit, Jay Sparrow, In English, and more.

The event was inspired by Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, who spent 12 hours busking for War Child Canada in, while publicizing his solo album, The Hunter’s Lullaby and filming the music video for the album’s first single. Raine raised $22,000 for War Child Canada’s School Rehabilitation and Revitalization project in the Democratic Republic of Congo that year.

Busking For Change will take place between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm at major street corners and in busy downtown buildings (see below for locations). Students from across Canada will also busk for change at their schools and in their communities to support the cause. For more information, go to

First Canadian Place,
Brookfield Place,
Commerce Court,
Union Station,
CTV Queen Street (MuchMusic),
102.1 The Edge,
Astral Media (Yonge and St. Clair),
Queen St. W (Horseshoe Tavern),
Queen St. W (Black Bull Tavern),
Bay and Queen St.,
Courage My Love,
Four Seasons Centre,
Richmond and Spadina,
Queen’s Park.

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