U2, Dylan, Neil Young Producer Organizes Star-Studded Benefit Concert in Toronto

A star-studded charity concert is being organized at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto by Grammy-winning producer Mark Howard, who is currently battling cancer. The show, which takes place on Oct. 6th, will feature performances by Sarah McLachlan, Randy Bachman, Sass Jordan, Sam Roberts, Ian Thornley, and more. Proceeds from the show will go to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto and help further immune therapy research.

Over the course of his remarkable career, Howard, who is a protégé of Daniel Lanois, has engineered or produced albums by some of popular music’s most influential artists, including Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Neil Young, U2, Willie Nelson, The Tragically Hip, Peter Gabriel, and Emmylou Harris.

Since December 2017, Howard has been undergoing treatment for Melanoma, a severe form of skin cancer, which quickly spread of his shoulder to his liver, spleen, and brain.

On Oct. 6th, a star-studded lineup that features Randy Bachman, Sass Jordan, Sarah McLachlan, Sam Roberts, Ian Thornley and multiple award-winning unannounced special guests, will perform at the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall, one of the city’s nicest venues, at 8 p.m.

This exceptional evening of music will also feature a world-class all-star band, that includes; Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Steve Earle), Doug Pettibone (Joan Baez, Jewel, Mark Knopfler), Hal Cragin (Iggy Pop, Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan), and Vince Jones (Grapes of Wrath, Sarah McLachlan, Cowboy Junkies).

For more information and to buy tickets, go to

For more information about Howard’s career and battle with cancer, read Nick Krewen’s article at

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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