Blue Rodeo's Studio Guitar Up for Auction to Support Music Therapy in Indigenous Communities

Toronto-based nonprofit Make Music Matters has opened bids on a Fernandes Sustainer signed by the band

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 1, 2024

Famously, being lost is better together. It's a message Blue Rodeo are standing by with the donation of a signed, studio-played guitar to support Toronto-based nonprofit Make Music Matter (MMM) and its innovative Healing in Harmony music therapy program, breaking barriers to mental health treatment in Indigenous communities.

All current members of the band — Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor, Mike Boguski, Glenn Milchem, Bazil Donovan, Jimmy Bowskil and donor Colin Cripps — have signed a gold Fernandes Sustainer that has been used played on their records and in studio sessions for Bryan Adams. Up until March 8 at 10 p.m. ET, you can bid on this shiny piece of CanCon history for an amazing cause here. As of press time, the current bid is sitting at $1,500 CAD.

MMM is dedicated to using the power of music to heal and empower communities affected by violence and trauma. In collaboration with Indigenous partners Aboriginal Legal Services and central Alberta's Kehewin Native Dance Theatre in Canada, the organization is bringing together experts in arts-led youth programs and trauma-based interventions for the Healing in Harmony music therapy program, which has provided a safe space and renewed sense of agency for over 14,000 individuals across nine countries.

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