The Cold Manitoba Project releases first single, “Cold Manitoba”

Before his passing, The Tragically Hip legend Gord Downie put out a call-to-action to 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 (from Blue Rodeo) launched a grassroots charity projects, with like-minded artists including Chris Mason and Lucas Goetz (formerly of Deep Dark Woods), Jim Bowskill (The Sheepdogs, Blue Rodeo), Chris Sleightholm and Dustin Bentall.

The collective just released their first song, “Cold Manitoba”, which you can stream/download here. All proceeds from the song will benefit the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba (a native-owned and operated treatment center that targets the addiction problems of First Nations Peoples in Manitoba and surrounding areas).

About the song and the project, Michael Boguski declares:

“The goal of this project is to move people towards healing – healing as individuals, and as communities. I think it’s important to find ways where we can reach out to each other and find common ground.  We can begin to get through the hurt by coming together and understanding that there are similarities between all of us. Substance abuse and mental health are not isolated issues – they’re global and affect all people from all communities. My hope is that Cold Manitoba will help bring more awareness to these unifying issues, and can help us think of ways to reconcile and move towards peace and togetherness.”

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