Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and member of Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn, is partnering with Record Store Day Canada on an exclusive EP release in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s leading music education charity. All proceeds raised from the sale of Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite will help MusiCounts put instruments into schools and communities across Canada. The special edition 12” EP on 180g clear vinyl is available April 13, 2019 at participating record stores listed here. Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of the record store, takes place annually in April.
“Thank you to Kevin Hearn and Record Store Day Canada for donating proceeds from the amazing The Superhero Suite to MusiCounts,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “With funds raised through this initiative MusiCounts will provide instrument grants to schools in need, and more kids across Canada will experience the transformational benefits of music.”
“This project was a fun and epic way to make music with friends, all in the name of a good cause. Music is a beautiful, universal language that can change lives. It’s powerful and healing. Every child should have the opportunity to explore, learn, and make music,” added Kevin Hearn.
MusiCounts believes music adds possibilities for youth and focuses on improving access to music education by offering instrument grants to schools and communities across Canada. A school that had previously received one such instrument grant from MusiCounts, was the setting for The Superhero Suite promo video for the release voiced by Kiefer Sutherland and featuring some of Canada’s diverse talent, including Barenaked Ladies all performing the “Batman” theme.
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Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite is a wild medley of vintage superhero-related songs, including iconic music from TV and film running the gamut from the classic Batman theme to the 1978 soundtrack of Superman. This one-of-a-kind record features a marvelous cast of eclectic heroes performing songs originally done by the Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Queen and Black Sabbath. The musical luminaries include Ron Sexsmith, Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, Colin Hay, The Persuasions and more. Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite will retail for $15 with all proceeds going to MusiCounts.
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day is a day that celebrates independent record stores all over the world with parties, in-store performances and special releases. It’s a day that spans genres and unites music lovers of all ages. There’s a palpable sense of camaraderie in those early morning lines, and an air of anxious excitement as fans gather to celebrate the place where they might be walking out with the record they came in for, and maybe with something totally new, too.