War Child announce Heroes: Two incredible new benefit albums featuring all new and exclusive contributions from the biggest names in music



    
     Both Heroes albums will be released on November 25, 2008 on Musicor

     All proceeds from the sale of the Heroes albums will be contributed
              to the humanitarian organization War Child Canada
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - War Child Canada, an award winning charity that
provides humanitarian assistance to war-affected children in some of the most
devastated regions of the world, is proud to announce Heroes, two new benefit
albums to be released by Musicor on November 25th, 2008.
    Heroes features a unique and unprecedented collaboration between some of
the biggest names in music history and today's hottest artists, working with a
concept that mirrors one of the intrinsic aims of War Child's efforts in war
zones across the world - to place faith in the next generation.
    The Heroes concept is simple: Many of the biggest legends in music select
one of the classic tracks from their own songwriting canon, and nominate an
artist from the next generation to create a modern reworking of that classic
song.

    
    -   The English Heroes album features the songs of legends like Sir Paul
        McCartney, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Brian Wilson and The Clash. The
        full track listing will be announced soon but already the album is
        shaping up to be a musical tour-de-force with the following amazing
        cover versions:

    BECK covering BOB DYLAN'S "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"

    DUFFY covering SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY'S "Live and Let Die"

    RUFUS WAINWRIGHT covering a medley of two tracks from BRIAN WILSON'S
    "Smile"

    TV ON THE RADIO covering DAVID BOWIE'S "Heroes"

    THE KOOKS covering THE KINKS' "Victoria"

    HOT CHIP covering JOY DIVISION'S "Transmission"

    THE HOLD STEADY covering BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S "Atlantic City"

    -   The French Heroes album (Heros) highlights the diverse musical
        repertoire of Quebecois music covered by up and coming French
        artists. Songs by Quebec legends like Celine Dion, Michel Rivard and
        Claude Dubois will be featured on this extraordinary album. The full
        track listing will be announced soon.

    TRICOT MACHINE covering MICHEL RIVARD'S "La Petite Vie"

    CATHERINE MAJOR covering RICHARD DESJARDINS' Lucky Lucky

    FLORENCE K covering CLAUDE DUBOIS'S Le Labrador

    TEREZ MONTCALM covering CELINE DION'S On ne change pas

    STEFIE SHOCK covering DIANE DUFRESNE'S Comme c'est bien

    Additional celebrated musicians including PLUM, RENEE MARTEL, MARJO,
JENA-PIERRE FERLAND will also be contributing to the project.
    

    The completed Heroes records will be albums of staggering musical
diversity, uniting the cream of musical giants from different generations to
support the humanitarian efforts of War Child Canada.
    War Child works to protect the most hard to reach children hit by a
combination of war, poverty and marginalisation. Despite security constraints
War Child is still operating successfully to protect youth in Darfur, Sudan,
is on the ground in Afghanistan providing support to vulnerable women and
their children, and has been in Georgia since 2004, with an enhanced effort to
meet the needs created by the recent conflict.
    As well as being recognized for working in the world's most dangerous war
zones, War Child is widely known for its association with the music industry,
having produced award-winning charity albums and documentaries.
    Sir Paul McCartney said "I have been supporting War Child since 1995.
Their work with children in war zones saves lives and their work with those
who take decisions that help them to do something about it saves even more
lives. I think Duffy's version of 'Live and Let Die' is great - I was really
impressed. The breadth of talent on this project is amazing; it's great that
so many people gave their time, energy and support to this initiative. I urge
everyone to support War Child."
    Dr. Samantha Nutt, Executive Director of War Child said, "War Child's
programming is predicated on the belief that by empowering children we stand a
better chance of a peaceful future. The artists who have contributed to this
record really are heroes, because it is through their creativity that we are
able to continue our work with children whose lives have been devastated by
war."
    Pierre Marchand, President Music Division Archambault Inc. said, "I was
immediately touched by the incredible work that War Child does in the world's
most devastated conflict zones, but mostly those in Africa. It was obvious for
all of us at Musicor and Select that we join them in their efforts. To relay
War Child's message in Quebec, it was clear that music is the most effective
vehicle. Every artist that we asked to join in the adventure responded with
positive enthusiasm. We hope that Heroes will allow you to feel the urgency of
War Child's incredible work and inspire you to help."

    War Child is an award-winning charity which provides opportunities and
long term solutions for war-affected children, focusing on education,
strengthening children's rights, reducing poverty and fostering self reliance.
War Child works in partnership with local people and organizations to build
sustainable programming that empowers children and their communities. Working
closely with the music industry, War Child provides awareness, support and
action for children's rights everywhere. www.warchild.ca





For further information:

For further information: about Heroes and War Child Canada please
contact: Barbara Harmer, Director, Music & Communications, War Child Canada,
(416) 971-7474, barbara@warchild.ca

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