Before his passing, Gord Downie put out a call to action for all Canadians – do whatever we can to help move towards healing and reconciliation through awareness, education and action. The Cold Manitoba Project is an answer to that call.
Moved by Downie’s final request, Michael Boguski (Blue Rodeo) began the search for a grassroots charity to support, and a creative way to do so. Teaming up with like-minded creatives, Boguski developed The Cold Manitoba Project – a collective of artists including Chris Mason and Lucas Goetz (formerly of Deep Dark Woods), Jim Bowskill (The Sheepdogs, Blue Rodeo), Chris Sleightholm and Dustin Bentall. Together, they recorded Cold Manitoba – a song penned originally by Toronto songwriter, Eddie Orso.
Released on Oct. 19 – aptly during Secret Path Week – 100% of the proceeds from Cold Manitoba will benefit the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba – a Native-owned and operated treatment centre that directly targets the addictions problems facing First Nations Peoples in Manitoba and the surrounding area.
Listen/buy the song here and have a look at the video about The Cold Manitoba Project and the song’s mission.
For more information on the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba please visit:www.nacm.ca