12th Annual Light of Day Canada Festival Goes Online — February 19 & 20 featuring Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Jake Clemons + more

Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Jake Clemons, Ron James, Wayne Kramer, and Rusty Young are just a few of the over 50 artists set to take centre screen this month for the 12th Annual Light of Day Canada Online Festival this February 19th and 20th.

In its continued effort to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease and cancer research and care, Light of Day Canada will host a stand-out series of musicians starting at 7:00 pm EST both evenings. Tickets are $25.00 per night or $40.00 for the two via danitix(dot)com.

After postponing 2020’s arena show with Canada’s Tim Hicks this past November, the Light of Day Canada team wanted to do something to keep moving forward. “We decided to do a virtual show with a mix of live and pre-recorded performances,” Light of Day Canada President Dave Rotella shares. “The response by the artists was so positive and overwhelming, that’s what led to adding a second night.

“Our first show in 2007 was at the old NFCVI auditorium in Niagara Falls,” he recalls. “While the shows have grown since then, our main goal has always been the same: to raise money for Parkinson’s disease and cancer, for both research and care.

“Together, we can all play a role in raising awareness and funds to assist those living with Parkinson’s and cancer, and to one day eradicate these horrific diseases. We thank our communities, our artists, and our volunteers for all of their support over the years!”

In partnership with the Light of Day Foundation, the Light of Day Canada Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Care is a Canada Not-for-Profit Corporation that began in 2007 with two modest shows — one in Niagara Falls and one in Toronto ON. The success of the shows and the enthusiasm and support of the two communities helped expand the show to larger venues and eventually to Hamilton, Halifax, Kingston, and London — and now online.

12th Annual Light of Day Canada Festival gig poster
12th Annual Light of Day Canada Festival Musical LineUp Poster

In 2015, LOD Niagara was the highest attended show in Light of Day’s history. Over the years shows have included great artists, including Steve Earle, Blue Rodeo, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Pat Travers, Ron Sexsmith, Gary U.S. Bonds, Sam Roberts Band, Willie Nile, Joe D’urso, Joe Gruschecky & The Houserockers, Jesse Malin, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Marah, The Trews, Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip, Tom Wilson and has been hosted by the likes of Vincent Pastore of the Sopranos, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dave Hodge, and more.

As a result, the annual series of concerts have raised over $500,000 for Parkinson’s Research and Care distributing all of our profits over the years to Parkinson’s Canada, Light of Day Foundation (New Jersey), and most recently to the London Health Sciences Movement Disorder Centre, Queen’s University Neuroscience Studies in Kingston, the Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Rehab Clinic at Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital in St. Catharines ON, and now the Walker Cancer Clinic in support of the Niagara Health Foundation.





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