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SamaritanMag Spotlights Rich Aucoin's Benevolent Bicycle Tour

On March 23, the Halifax-based dance/rock artist began a 15-date U.S. tour that has him bicycling alone from city to city — covering some 5,500 kilometres and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Mental Health America.

SamaritanMag Spotlights Rich Aucoin's Benevolent Bicycle Tour

By Kim Hughes

Next time you encounter an interview with a touring musician whining about the rigours of the road, spare a thought for Rich Aucoin.


On March 23, the Halifax-based dance/rock artist began a 15-date U.S. jaunt in support of his new Hold EP. On the tour, originally called F#$k You Depression, but is now called Press On, he is bicycling alone from city to city — covering some 5,500 kilometres across states from California to Pennsylvania — raising awareness for mental health and donating 100 percent of tour proceeds to Mental Health America. His Canadian winter tour raised money for The Canadian Mental Health Association.

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His goal is to raise $1,000 a month over the course of four months through ticket sales and crowdfunding.

Cold, rain, flat tires in the middle of nowhere and marauding coyotes are all real possibilities on Aucoin’s journey which makes the standard between-show boredom and bad food complaints of traditional rock tours pale considerably.

Amazingly, this is not the first time Aucoin has toured by bicycle.  In 2007, he traversed Canada (roughly 6,500 zigzagging kilometres) promoting his debut EP Personal Publication, to raise money for Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation, a charity he selected in part because of its small operational overhead. He has also toured Canada by way of running half-marathons in various cities, donating money to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Needless to say, much hard-won learning from Aucoin’s previous bike adventure has been applied to the planning of this one, including (but not limited to) the importance of having a smartphone. Samaritanmag talked with Aucoin about the logistical hurdles of his current ride and why, despite the hardships, it’s so worth it as a charitable measure. Continue reading here.

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Drake leaves the court following the NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and the LA Clippers at Scotiabank Arena on December 27, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.
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Drake leaves the court following the NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and the LA Clippers at Scotiabank Arena on December 27, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.

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Drake Pays Tribute to Mother & Daughter Killed After His Show

Laticha Bracero and Alyssa Cordova were leaving Drake and J. Cole's tour stop in St. Louis on Feb. 13 when they were hit by a speeding car.

Drake is sending love to a mother and daughter who were tragically killed after his concert at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo.

“You never know what somebody else’s reality will be when they walk out of this building,” the rapper told the crowd in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday night (Feb. 28), according to TMZ. “Rest in peace to that young mother and her child,” he added, encouraging fans to show love to the strangers around them.

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