Fort McMurray's Rock Band FREEDOM'S NOTE "THE FIGHT" Hits 180,000 Views During Week 1

All Proceeds from "THE FIGHT" benefit The Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal

TORONTO, June 15, 2016 /CNW/ - In grateful appreciation to firefighters and first responders, Fort McMurray's rock band FREEDOM'S NOTE and their song/video "THE FIGHT" have hit 180,000 views (Facebook, YouTube combined) in the first week of release (June 8th).

Having just returned to their homes, Donny Synard (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Danny Fewer (lead guitar, backup vox), Mark Stewart (bass, backup vox) and Trevor Lethbridge (drums), evacuated with over 80,000 others from Fort McMurray in early May. "We didn't have time to properly pack anything," said Donny Synard, "we literally grabbed our families and left before the highway to Fort McMurray was closed. We left everything behind – our personal possessions and our gear. Currently, we are in the process of replacing what we lost in the fires."

The displacement of Freedom's Note contributed to Donny and Danny writing, 'THE FIGHT' – an anthem of appreciation to firefighters and first responders that acted with speed and military precision during this devastation. While 'THE FIGHT' was recorded, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated Johnny Gasparic at multi-award winning studio, MCC Recording Studio, Calgary, Freedom's Note extends an extra special thank you to Shane Gaalaas at Crumb Studios in Los Angeles for donating his talents and studio time by performing and recording the drum track on 'THE FIGHT'.

"I was approached by my old friend Dave Temple from MCC Recording Studio about recording the drum track for the band," said Shane Gaalaas (B'z). "I gladly obliged. I grew up in Alberta; my father worked in Fort Mac during the 60's. So this tragedy, really hits home for me.  I am really happy "The Fight" is getting so much attention for such a great cause. I am grateful that I could be a small part of it."

With video compilation and production by Matthew Jensen of JensenWorks Technology in Kelowna, utmost appreciation and respect for the media and individuals who filmed is acknowledged. The combined visuals are headshaking, heart-wrenching and resonate an underlying sense of hope. 

All proceeds from the purchase of 'THE FIGHT' will be donated to the Red Cross for the Alberta Fires Appeal. Click here to purchase. 

About Freedom's Note:  

Originally from Newfoundland, and currently based in Fort McMurray, Freedom's Note have opened for Kim Mitchell, Finger Eleven, Trooper, Simple Plan, Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame. Responding to the devastation from wildfires that have swept through Fort McMurray, the community of Brooks, AB hosted a fundraising event on May 14th at their Centennial Regional Arena. With overwhelming support from the community, Fort McMurray's rock band Freedom's Note, along with other local bands, helped raise over $100,000 in funds and necessity supplies which required three flatbed trucks to transport the donated items to the Canadian Red Cross and distributed to evacuees.

Freedom's Note will be among some incredible talent performing at The Rivoli on Friday, June 24th with 94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT – Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto StyleA Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta's Fire AppealFind out more here

SOURCE Freedom's Note

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