July 24, 2017
When a beloved musician dies, it always hits close to home—our lives are wrapped up in the art they gave us, and art, after all, is one of the things we use to find a better understanding of life and the world around us. In formative years, it’s sometimes those voices that provide the only real clarity we can find when life is anything but clear. For Gen-Xers and Millennials, two artists who provided that guidance during the past few decades recently committed suicide: lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave Chris Cornell, and Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
Those losses are the reason that a group of musicians in Ottawa are banding together to raise funds and awareness for the Ottawa Distress Centre, suicide prevention, and mental health resources, CBC reports. The show will take place on Aug. 30 at the House of Targ. Organizer Tony Caballero, who drums for the local band Quiet Crimes and is a big Soundgarden fan, explained to the CBC why it felt important for them to put the night together. “Musicians’ deaths don’t really hit us hard because we feel like we know them, they hit us harder because they help us get to know ourselves. And that’s why it feels so personal.” He also says the band recently had a friend pass away “under such circumstances.”
Bennington took his own life by hanging this past Thursday on Cornell’s birthday. Cornell died only two months earlier, also committing suicide by hanging. The two musicians were good friends, and Bennington counted Cornell as one of his influences and idols. The Red Rails is one of the other bands that will perform at the benefit, among numerous other groups and solo artists. The show is being billed as the Chris Cornell Tribute Benefit for Suicide Prevention.
In Other News:
- Streetheart singer Kenny Shields died.
- WayHome came under fire for a Naloxone snafu, but they will indeed have the life-saving drug on-site this weekend.
- Osheaga reveals their protective measures for female and LGBTQ attendees.
- Universal Music released a Canada 150 playlist with no French songs.
- Justin Bieber can’t tour China anymore.
- Check out Drake’s whopping Degrassi royalties.
- Danny Michel lost (and then found!) his vintage Gibson in Barrie, ON.
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