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Producer Mark Howard Returns To Canada To Fight (His) Cancer

Mark Howard, the Grammy-winning and Juno-nominated producer and engineer who has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan and U2 to The Tragically Hip and Willie Nelson, has organized a benefit concert

Producer Mark Howard Returns To Canada To Fight (His) Cancer

By Nick Krewen

Mark Howard, the Grammy-winning and Juno-nominated producer and engineer who has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan and U2 to The Tragically Hip and Willie Nelson, has organized a benefit concert featuring Sarah McLachlan, Randy Bachman, Sass Jordan, Sam Roberts and Ian Thornley, to be held at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 6).


The Mark Howard & Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Grand Concert will raise funds and awareness to help advance immunotherapy medicine — using the immune system to fight cancer — something with which the Manchester-born, Hamilton-raised individual is all too familiar: Howard has been undergoing the treatment since December after being diagnosed with stage four melanoma cancer, an aggressive skin cancer. Funds raised go to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, earmarked for immunotherapy.

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In an exclusive interview, Howard, 54, reveals that within three weeks of being diagnosed, the cancer had spread to his liver, spleen and brain. Read the interview conducted by Nick Krewen on the SamaritanMag website.

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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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