Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire. Courtesy of John Shearer @WireImage
Some of Canada's best and brightest acts have rocked out for charity this week, playing The Bridge School Benefit, which began celebrating its 25th year with performances by indie sensations Arcade Fire, as well as Mumford & Sons. But the heavy-hitting lineup did not stop there. Also getting in on the acoustic action was Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Beck, and [obviously] event organizer Neil Young among others. Young joined fellow Canadians Arcade Fire for a perfect acoustic performance of his song “Helpless” which you can download/watch here:
It doesn't look like it was much of a random occurrence that Neil was able to gather these big names for such a worthy cause considering his video invite released a while back. The Foo Fighters, Norah Jones, as well as legendary crooner Tony Bennett and guitar master Carlos Santana also showed up to lend their support [and lay down some serious talent].
Neil Young, Dave Matthews & Arcade Fire. Courtesy of John Shearer @WireImage
The Bridge School, which holds this acoustic show annually, is "a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies."
If you want to get your 'giving on,' as you should...then head to their website here to donate, and also check out the concert merch sale which includes shirts, cds and dvds of the show.