Roger Hodgson to Play Free Concert for Jake's House Autism Event

By Karen Bliss 4/1/19 |

Roger Hodgson will perform a free set as part of Jake's House A Legendary Night, April 2, at Sony Centre, for World Autism Day — photo courtesy of Jake's House.

Supertramp co-founder and current solo artist Roger Hodgson has donated his signature song “Give a Little Bit” to help raise funds for numerous causes, including Tsunami relief, Red Cross, UNICEF, World Vision and Hurricane Katrina efforts, and now he will lend it to Canadian autism charity Jake’s House, which provides support to families living with autism.

The legendary singer-songwriter, who left Supertramp in 1983 after giving us such classics as “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” “Take the Long Way Home,” will be in Toronto for World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, to perform a free show as part of A Legendary Night, at Sony Centre. His appearance also helps kick off Jake’s House’s 2019-2020 campaign, named Give a Little Bit after the song.

Doors are at 5:30pm and the event kicks off at 6 p.m. with “discussions on the Canadian autism landscape,” then at 7 p.m. Hodgson will perform “Give A Little Bit” with a 39-piece orchestra, which will be filmed for a video, in addition to other fan favourites with his four-piece band.

“We want the world to know: by giving just a little bit, you can make a legendary difference in the lives of families affected by autism across the country,” it says on the web site.

The speakers for A Legendary Night are  Mayor John Tory; Rhiannon Rosalind, president & CEO, The Economic Club of Canada;  Jennifer Joseph, CEO, Jake’s House; Dave Bodanis, co-founder, Jake’s House; David Goldstein, COO, U SPORTS; Dave Naylor, sports journalist, TSN; Randy Ambrosie, CFL Commissioner; and Hodgson.

“On World Autism Awareness Day, Jake’s House will launch a 20-month campaign: Give a Little Bit. Designed to promote understanding, encourage volunteerism, raise funds and deepen our community collaborations, this initiative will help us grow the resources needed to offer greater support,” it reads on the web site, citing events such as its annual holiday parties, and community services, such as our Legends Mentoring Program.

Supertramp has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, 20 million of those for 1979’s Breakfast In America — which, along with 1974’s Crime of the Century, achieved the rare diamond certification status (1 million copies sold) in Canada. 

Hodgson last album with Supertramp was 1982’s …Famous Last Words... He released his first solo album, Eye of the Storm, in 1984, followed by Hai Hai in 1987.  He didn’t drop another until 2000, called Open The Door. In 2010, he put out Classics Live, a collection of his live performances recorded on his 2010 world tour.


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