When I used to live in Toronto’s Kensington Market, I was truly honored to be asked to perform at a benefit concert in support of the beautiful old neighborhood church around the corner from my place – St Stephen’s. The evening’s line-up included Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois, Jane Siberry, and Molly Johnson. The show was professionally recorded, and amazingly is being released 7 years later on True North Records. I performed “The Rose Of Montrose” with Lori Cullen on backing vocals, and naturally “Kensington Market”. It is available on CD and via iTunes.
Here’s the press release:
On Sunday September 18th 2005, a remarkable concert event took place in a small Church in Toronto to rescue one of the most important providers of social assistance to the city’s downtown community in need. After 147 years of servicing one of the poorest neighborhoods in Toronto, the parish of St. Stephen in the fields faced a financial crisis.
Members of the Kensington Market area, politicians, and music industry heavy weights came together to raise money for this iconic church.
Available for the first time, all proceeds will be donated to their ongoing community services including: Georgina House, the first women’s shelter in Toronto (1908); Saint Stephen’s Community House (1960); and a food program that serves 10,000 meals a year to the hungry and homeless.