Published Sep 29, 2015Toronto new wave icons Martha and the Muffins left a lasting impression on the Canadian rock'n'roll landscape with albums like Metro Music and This Is the Ice Age — and continue to leave their mark on musical history, having released Delicate back in 2010, followed by Martha Johnson's declaration of independence with 2013's Solo One. Now, Johnson is using her star status to shed light on a cause close to her heart.
A benefit concert will take place at the Rivoli in Toronto next month to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's research. The show will take place on October 8 and tickets are $20 in advance, or will be available for $25 at the door; proceeds will be donated to Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals.
Johnson herself was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, and the evening will pay tribute to the legacy of Martha and the Muffins with performances of their songs by the Wilderness of Manitoba, Grand Analog, Chis Tait (Chalk Circle), Lorraine Segato (Parachute Club), Damhnait Doyle, Maiko Watson, Pyramid Tropic, Hill & the Sky Heroes, Red Horse Rebellion, Alpha Cub, Retrocity, Chloe Kirson-Jones, Shaina Silver-Baird, and Ray Dillard. Johnson's bandmate Mark Gane is also on the bill.
Full details can be found at the event's Facebook page.