Hedley Allegations Inspire Neon Dreams' Raise Your Voice Fundraiser

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Halifax EMI-based pop band Neon Dreams, which abandoned their warm-up slot during Hedley’s recent Cageless cross-Canada tour after rumours of sexual assault allegations about the headliner began to circulate, has spearheaded the Raise Your Voice fundraiser Sept. 9 at Toronto’s Gladstone.

According to the press release, the concert which includes headliner Ralph of Toronto, another local singer Jillea, and Alberta duo The Command Sisters will benefit programs involving Youth Rising Above (YRA) and the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape.

Neon Dreams, which will perform an acoustic set, will also donate $1000 to the two organizations, and another $5000 through the Raise Your Voice event. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $30.

Youth Rising Above is dedicated to “inspiring, empowering and transforming” homeless and marginalized youth, according to its website.  The organization provides job readiness and sklll development, leadership and communication, community service, arts and creativity, healthy living, spirituality, social services, after care support and thought leadership among its services.

According to stats on its site, one in five homeless youth in Canada and the U.S. experience some form of human trafficking, with 63% identifying physical, sexual or other forms of abuse that contributed to their homelessness.

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape is a non-profit feminist organization dedicated to fighting violence against women and children, offering such services as a 24-hour crisis line service, individual face-to-face counselling, court support and advocacy as well as support groups, public education and workshops.

Neon Dreams has just released a new single, “Guilty,” through Warner Music Canada.  Frontman Frank Kadillac says “‘Guilty’ is about me finding a new way of life,” he explains. “After the Hedley situation I found myself in a dark place and I didn’t really understand my true purpose. I was invited to a SOCAN writing camp in Nicaragua where I got to create music with some very talented and open-minded people. I discovered meditation and yoga which helped me connect with the universe in a much deeper way then I had before. I became more spiritual and eliminated negative influences that could lead me down a self-destructive path."

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