Canadian singer-songwriter Fefe Dobson and singer-actor Tyler Shaw created ArtistsCAN – a collective of artist initiative raising funds for COVID-19 relief in Canada. For this cause, Geddy Lee, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Bryan Adams and others teamed up for an uplifting cover of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me”.
The video begins with the message “To the late, great Bill Withers. Thank you for your lyrics and inspiring message. We are grateful to lean on music during our time of need. Your musical legacy lives on through us.” And then followed by the introduction of ArtistsCAN by Dobson and Shaw, we see a plethora of Canadian artists singing from their homes during this lockdown phase.
The artists who participated are: Avril Lavigne, Bad Child, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bryan Adams, Command Sisters, Dan Kanter, Desiire, Donovan Woods, Fefe Dobson, Geddy Lee, Jann Arden, Johnny Orlando, Josh Ramsay, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Olivia Lunny, Ryland James, Sarah McLachlan, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook, TIKA, The Tenors, Tyler Shaw and Walk Off The Earth.
It concludes with the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau delivering a uniting message in English and French for the Canadian people. “We’re going to get through this together, by leaning on each other and protecting our frontline workers”, he said.
You can visit ArtistsCAN website to donate and alternatively, text LEANONME to 20222 to donate $10.
Here’s the video: