Canadian country stars to play April 27th tribute/benefit concert for Humboldt Broncos

Jess Moskaluke, pictured here backstage at the 2017 SOCAN Awards, will play the tribute/benefit concert for the Humboldt Broncos on April 27, 2018, at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.
April 24, 2018

Some of the biggest names in Canadian country music will gather onstage for a tribute/benefit concert to support the families of both the 16 victims and 13 survivors of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The show will take place at Saskatoon's 15,000-seat SaskTel Centre on April 27, 2018.

JUNO Award winners Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke and Gord Bamford are among the featured performers, as are Chad Brownlee, and The Hunter Brothers, along with appearances from several former NHL hockey players. All proceeds will go directly to the 29 families affected by the tragedy. A GoFundMe page has already raised a record $14 million for the 29 families, and tickets for the tribute, priced at $65, are available at Ticketmaster.

Other Canadian artists have also paid tribute. Paul Brandt performed a powerful song on the CBC Music radio program q, while Tom Cochrane re-wrote the lyrics to "Big League" and performed it on CTV. Drake wore a Humboldt Broncos jersey at a recent Toronto Raptors basketball game, which he and several Raptors signed afterward, to be auctioned off to raise funds for the families.

Kingston, ON, musician Jason Smith wrote a tribute song, "Leave a Stick Out by the Door," which went viral on YouTube, and helped inspire sympathetic listeners worldwide to do just that. Smith performed the song at a memorial in Edmonton for Broncos players Jaxon Joseph, Parker Tobin, Steven Wack, and Logan Hunter, all of whom were killed in the April 6 crash. Smith was invited to perform by Jaxon Joseph's father.

SOCAN, along with thousands of other businesses of all kinds, worldwide, paid tribute by wearing sports team jerseys on Jersey Day, April 12, 2018.