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Hedley Allegations Inspire Neon Dreams' Raise Your Voice Fundraiser

The September 9 concert, which also includes Ralph, Jillea, and The Command Sisters, will benefit various orgs, including the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre.

Hedley Allegations Inspire Neon Dreams' Raise Your Voice Fundraiser

By Nick Krewen

Halifax EMI-based pop band Neon Dreams, which abandoned its 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.

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– Continue reading Nick Krewen’s feature about the event on SamaritanMag.

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The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Beyoncé Country Hit A Win For Canadian Songwriters

Also in this week's roundup of industry news: Kayla Diamond launches her own boutique imprint, SOCAN names an ombudsman, and time's running out for noms for this year's Rosalie Award honouring trailblazing women in broadcasting.

Beyoncé becomes the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em” and it has gone to No. 1 on iTunes in 14 different countries and counting. There are some surprising connections. The song is co-written and co-produced by Ontario-born writer/producer Nathan Ferraro, whose previous collaborations include working with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Alyssa Reid, Jessie Reyez, Lowell and Tyler Shaw.

In fact, the song has deep Canadian origins. Two other Canadian songwriters participated in this runaway hit: Megan Bülow (who records and performs as bülow) as and Elizabeth "Lowell" Boland (a.k.a. Lowell), with Ferraro co-producing the track with Killah B and Beyoncé.

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