Billy Talent is going to be headlining a benefit concert for victims of the Danforth shooting in Toronto.
The Toronto Strong concert will be held at The Danforth Music Hall on Aug. 11, with proceeds going to victims of the shooting via Toronto Foundation’s #TorontoStrong campaign.
Joining Billy Talent will be friends PUP and City and Colour.
In a statement on Tuesday announcing the concert, Billy Talent said, “We write this with a broken heart. What has happened in Toronto this summer and with what happened on the Danforth a few blocks from our studio, has not only hit close to home, this HAS hit home. All we know is that we can’t just sit here.”
“We don’t know what we want but we want to do something. We want to throw a concert to show the world and more importantly our community that Toronto is a place of love, of community, of kindness and compassion,” the band continued. “The violence that has happened here this summer does not represent the majority. This city is one of the best places in the world and we have to stand up and band together.”
The statement added: “Let’s raise money for the victims and their families. Let’s get the artists and people of the city to stand together. While none of us have all the answers we feel we need to make a start. We need to help, but let’s fucking do something TOGETHER. Let’s get the powers that be TOGETHER. Let’s do something special for our city and all the amazing people that live here and deserve to be celebrated.”
Tickets for the Toronto Together benefit concert go on sale here on August 1.