Sam Roberts Band to Headline Free-For-Activists Global Citizen Event in Vancouver

By Aaron Brophy 3/13/18 |

Sam Roberts Band — photo courtesy of Global Citizen.
The Sam Roberts Band will anchor the Global Citizen advocacy organization's first-ever concert event in Vancouver, British Columbia — and its only open to those who join the social advocacy movement and take action.

Taking place at the Commodore Ballroom on April 12,  the Sam Roberts Band will headline the earn-to-get-in evening, along with openers The Elwins, Crown Lands, and Horsepowar, plus a number of guest speakers.

To potentially land a pair of tickets for this 19+ event, fans/citizens must start completing online actions aimed at tackling global issues such as poverty, gender equality, climate change and more by visiting before April 2, it instructs on the show's Ticketmaster page.

According to the press release, Global Citizen is using the Vancouver event to highlight two specific issues: girls and women's health, and climate change and agriculture.

"Canada is a global leader in women’s health and gender equality," it states. "That’s why Global Citizens are invited to call on the Canadian government to ensure Canada steps up its global leadership on women’s and girls’ health." 

Additionally, "Global Citizens can take action to improve the economic empowerment of women who are on the frontlines of climate change. They can call on Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, to announce further support to help women and girls around the world adapt to climate change."

Global Citizen — co-founded by Hugh Evans, Simon Moss, Wei Soo in 2008 — is headquartered in New York, with offices in Canada, Australia and the U.K. with an aim to end extreme poverty by the year 2030, all with the help of you.  The Global Citizen platform was co-founded with Ryan Gall and Riot House in 2012.

According to the site, over 10 million global citizens have taken action. "That’s ten million emails, tweets, petition signatures and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030."

“It’s incredible to see all different walks of life join the Global Citizen movement and become unified through the power of music. We are so proud to be part of something that inspires and motivates change, and what ultimately has the ability to make this world a better place," said the Sam Roberts Band in a collective statement.

Keswick, Ontario band The Elwins agreed. "It's an amazing thing to play for people who demand positive change beyond their doorstep. We are excited to join Global Citizen in Vancouver to show our politicians and policy makers that ending extreme poverty must be addressed now," they added.

Erin Thomson, head of partnerships for Global Citizen Canada said: “We couldn't be more excited to be announcing this lineup for Global Citizen Vancouver Live. The unwavering support of Canada’s leadership, artists and activists on the global stage will help ensure the improvement of girls and women's health and their adaptability to climate change.”

According to Global Citizen, they've motivated people to make more than 13 million actions in recent years, which has translated into $35 billion in financial commitments from world leaders to support their causes.

The Sam Roberts Band are no strangers to supporting good causes. For every hit song like "Brother Down" or "Don't Walk Away Eileen," the band also have activist songs like "Canadian Dream" and "An American Draft Dodger In Thunder Bay." The band have played numerous charity events over the years, from Toronto's massive "SARSstock" concert in 2003 to SickKids Foundations benefits, to shows supporting animal welfare. Sam Roberts Band fans have a special opportunity to attend the show.

Watch a video about the Global Citizen Vancouver event:


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