Ubisoft and the Simple Plan Foundation join together to donate $10 000 to benefit the Garage à musique
27 février 2014
The Garage à musique of the Fondation du Dr Julien today received a $10,000 donation from Ubisoft® and the Simple Plan Foundation. The donation will be used to fund the Lab à musique, a project developed by the Garage à musique to offer musical improvisations led sessions. Youth learn to explore their own musical universe and to work with the basics of music, in addition to gaining experience in the studio.
The event took place in the premises of the Garage à musique, in front of representatives of Ubisoft (Ms Lucile Bousquet), the Garage à musique (Ms Hélène Sioui Trudel), the Simple Plan Foundation (Mr André Comeau), and also two members of Simple Plan, Jeff Stinco and Sébastien Lefebvre, a presence much appreciated by the kids attending.
The event included a musical jam session between the children helped by the Garage à musique and members of Simple Plan as well as a tour of the facility.
Press Release (Ubisoft-SPF-DrJulien)
PRECEEDED BY DONATIONS OF $265 000, THE SIMPLE PLAN & FRIENDS BENEFIT CONCERT WAS A SUCCESS
18 novembre 2013
A very succesful benefit concert event
Simple Plan fans and supporters of the Simple Plan Foundation were once again out in full force to show their support this year, packing the Corona Theater in Montreal on November 12th for the Simple Plan and Friends benefit concert ; it was a chance to see their favorite band perform alongside Coeur de Pirate and Les Trois Accords in a unique intimate setting, in the hopes of raising funds & awareness for various youth oriented causes. The event was brilliantly hosted by Anne-Marie Withenshaw who guided the spirited proceedings with expertise.
Fans got a chance to meet with their idols prior to the concert, take photos & get autographs from the artists, while also having the chance to participate in an auction for various memorabilia items. The biggest surprise of the evening came during Simple Plan’s set when the band premiered a brand new song, Lucky One which will be included on the band’s upcoming EP to be launched before the end of the year.
We are very proud to announce that the Fondation has reached it’s goal of amassing $150 000. Very happy, but mostly very grateful for all of those who contributed in their own way to this successful benefit event: partners, donators, sponsors, collaborators and volunteers, without whom none of this would have been possible. Many thanks to all those present who, with their active participation & enthusiasm, helped make this year’s event a complete success.
Thank you for your support !
List of our donators and sponsers
A record year for donations, over $265 000
As is the case before every benefit event, The Simple Plan Foundation announced this year’s recipients, a list of over 20 organisations dedicated to working with & helping young people, for a total of $265 000. To this day this is the largest amount of annual donations since the Foundation began operating in December 2005, and brings the amount of total donations to $1.265 M.
In keeping with the spirit of the changes brought on last year, the Foundation strives to privilege a few select organisations who best represent it’s objectives with a more substantial donation. The Foundation’s goal is to help establish significant projects, clearly defined and better structured. CHU Ste-Justine’s partnership proposal perfectly fits this objective, which is why the Foundation has decided to donate a larger amount than usual, $50 000 for the L’Espace Transition project, aiming to make available art in all of its shapes and forms to the service of children and teens throughout the hospital.
Besides Ste-Jutine, the two chosen organisations are Les Centres jeunesse du Québec, for the establishement of an employement creation plan for youth, and also the Dr. Julien Foundation for the consolidation and development of their Garage à Musique program, which gives struggling youngsters access to activities to help stimulate their development.
Additionally, the Simple Plan Foundation continues on its mission to help various organisations who support worthwhile causes, such as bringing an end to intimidation & bullying. Having already contributed to both GRIS and Tel-Jeunes, this year sees the addition of Peace Grantmakers Network to the list of recipients, an organisation who is about to launch a series of symposiums across Canada to promote education about this growing affliction among our youth.
On the International front, the Foundation maintains its involvement with victims of war, natural disasters and human trafficking. A last minute decision was made this year to include a generous donation to the Canadian Red Cross for the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
List of charities receiving a donation for 2013-2014
NEXT SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION’S BENEFIT CONCERT SIMPLE PLAN and FRIENDS
10 octobre 2013
Simple Plan are proud to announce that, as part of their Foundation’s fundraising campaign this year, they will be sharing the stage with some of their artist friends who have generously offered their time in order to support young people in need. The first edition of the « Simple Plan and Friends » benefit show will take place on November 12th at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theater (2490 Notre-Dame W., Montreal) and will feature performances by Coeur de Pirate, Les Trois Accords and, of course, Simple Plan. This very special evening of music will be hosted by Anne-Marie Withenshaw.
Before the concert, and as it is the case with every Simple Plan Foundation event, the band will be present as of 7PM to greet their fans, pose for pictures and take part in the auction and draws. Doors will open at 6PM.
All of the evening’s proceeds wil be going directly to the Simple Plan Foundation, dedicated to helping young people in need or struggling with serious illnesses. The members of Simple Plan would like to invite all of their fans and partners to support the foundation by purchasing tickets for this special evening of music at a cost of $150 (+ service charges). Once again, the band will make the first 100 tickets available to their fans at a special price of $75. Those who are unable to attend are invited to participate via sponsorship or a donation to the foundation.
Tickets will be available on-line (www.theatrecoronavirginmobile.com) or at the Corona’s ticket office (1 855 310-2525) Friday the 11th, at noon. Tickets can also be purchased directly by sending a cheque to the Simple Plan Foundation : 514 331-5010, 800 Place Victoria, bureau 4500, C.P. 391, Montreal, Qc, H4Z 1J2.
JEFF DONATES HIS GUITAR TO UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBROOKE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
1 octobre 2013
Earlier this morning, in celebration of International Music Day, the Université de Sherbrooke's School of Music received a very special, one of a kind gift from Jeff, his very own guitar!
As a invited dignitary to the university, Jeff came to donate his guitar in person to the faculty and give one final performance with it before passing it on to the next generation of musicians at the school. Étienne Déziel is the lucky classical guitar student at the School of Music who will use Jeff's guitar during his entire undergraduate career. He also gave a performance on the guitar during the event, and the Université de Sherbrooke got this photo of Jeff and Étienne below!
Jeff explains, "Handing over my own guitar, which I used as a student of the Montréal conservatory, is a symbolic gesture, I couldn't imagine passing it on to anyone not in the next generation of musicians...this guitar let me develop my potential and I hope that it will do the same for the student receiving it. The guitar holds a great deal of sentimental value for me. It has a number of outstanding qualities. Its high level of precision charmed me and the guitar has the gift of amplifying what the player asks of it."
Check out LaPress.ca for more news on the event and a video interview with Jeff!
JEFF'S CLOTHING DONATION TO LE SUPPORT
24 septembre 2013
In SP's home province of Quebec, Le Support (formerly the Quebec Foundation for Intellectual Disabilities) is celebrating a milestone anniversary of 25 years dedicated to assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families realize their full potential and make valuable contributions to society. Le Support's collection of gently used clothing and housewares for resale cover all of the charity's financial responsibilities as well as keep over 6000 tons of goods out of municipal landfills in the province - a winning combination.
In Le Support's newest campaign to encourage more donations of goods, Jeff has joined the cause and donated some clothing of his own. Have a look at the campaign poster and hit lesupport.ca for more info on how you can schedule a pickup of items you no longer need.
SP IN VIETNAM: RAISING AWARENESS & TAKING ACTION
10 septembre 2013
When Simple Plan visited Vietnam with MTV Exit, they performed at My Dinh Stadium for over 40 000 youth. The purpose of the event wasn't just to bring together everyone for a night of music, but to bring everyone together in the journey to end human trafficking and modern slavery, an issue that affects people everywhere in the world. Taking action to help improve the well-being and safety of yourself, others and your community is important. But before you take action, it’s important to know what the issues are, the signs associated with those issues and what steps you can take to initiate positive change.
Tara Dermott, Head of Development at MTVExit, recently wrote a guest column in The Guardian on the importance of both awareness and action, and how Simple Plan helped bring awareness of the realities of human trafficking to local, regional and global youth with their documentary. Read Tara's article in The Guardian here.
SIMPLE PLAN SUPPORTS THE VICTIMS OF LAC-MÉGANTIC
23 juillet 2013
After the terrible train accident that has devastated the city center of Lac-Mégantic, the members of Simple Plan felt they had to do something to help the victims of this tragedy, that affects the population of the whole region. They are deeply touched by this dramatic event, especially because it happened in their own home province, Quebec, and they wish to contribute towards the collective efforts.
The Simple Plan Foundation has decided to make a donation of $10 000 to the city of Lac-Mégantic. The city should be in the position to use the funds in the best way to help the victims of that terrible accident. According to its mission, the foundation would appreciate that a particular attention be given to the challenges that young people will have to face in these difficult times.
The members of the group also invite all their fans to join them and take part in the efforts to support the people.
Simple Plan would like to send their best wishes to everyone affected and hopes that things will get better soon !
Pierre, Chuck, Jeff, Seb and David
MTVEXIT SPECIAL AIRING THIS FRIDAY
3 juillet 2013
Cozy up this Friday night and surf over to MTV Australia to catch the MTV Exit television special with Simple Plan!
The boys took a life changing trip and journey through Vietnam last year to learn about the devastating crimes of human trafficking that take place through the region. Unfortunately, it isn't an act isolated to one area, it happens all over the world. That's why SP and MTV Exit want you to get educated, get involved and help to end trafficking.
The program is airing Friday July 5th at 10:30pm on MTV Australia. Live tweet along with the show using @MTVExit and #EndTrafficking.
A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION AND UMQ TO PROFIT QUEBEC YOUTH CENTERS
14 mai 2013
The Simple Plan Foundation has recently concluded an innovative partnership with the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ), in cooperation with Quebec Association of Youth Centers. Every municipalities, in all regions of Quebec, are invited to create jobs especially reserved to young people at the crucial moment where they quit the youth centers and have to face the difficult passage to adulthood and become self-sufficient. A pilot project is already going on in Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup, Matane et Varennes.
This new partnership was announced during the Quebec municipalities annual conference by two members of Simple Plan present for the occasion, Sébastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco, on May 10th, 2013. The Simple Plan Foundation donated $20 000, in addition to the donation of $10 000 by the lawyers firm Dufresne, Hébert, Comeau.
The Simple Plan Foundation is proud to have initiated the project and thanks its partners for taking part in it with enthousiasm. We hope that this youth-oriented employment plan will be developing all over Quebec, offering a « first chance » to thousand of young people who need it.
THE CASINO EVENING WAS A GREAT SUCCESS !
13 mai 2013
The casino evening, entirely organized last week-end by a Simple Plan fan, Marie-Claude St-Germain, was definitely a big success. All the guests were delighted with this first experience and the benefit event finally surpassed its objective, raising $1 500 that will be donated to the Simple Plan Foundation.
Congratulations Marie-Claude !
And thank you to everyone who encouraged her !
CASINO AND DANCE EVENING TO PROFIT THE SPF
15 avril 2013
Once again, one of the faithful Simple Plan’s fans, Marie-Claude St-Germain, decided to organize a benefit event to profit the foundation.
This special casino and dance evening will offer a lively atmosphere, with the presence of a DJ and many prizes to win. Because of the bar, access has to be limited to the over 18s.
This evening will take place on Saturday, May 11th, 2013, from 7 :00 pm to 2 :00 am, at the Centre communautaire de Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, 99, rue de la Mairie, J0N 1P0.
Information : Marie-Claude St-Germain : email@example.com or twitter @marie1neige
You are warmly invited to encourage this generous initiative, that will allow you to have fun as well as to contribute to help young people in need, since all proceeds will be donated to the Simple plan Foundation.
A big thank you to Marie-Claude and to everyone who will take part in the event !
TSSML: TRAVELLING TO VIETNAM AND LEARNING ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
5 avril 2013
Last May, Simple Plan traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam to participate in the massive MTV Exit project to raise awareness and help educate youth on the dangers and realities of human trafficking and exploitation. During their time there, the guys spent time with survivors and learned more about the global issue from local educators on what the reality is like to be an individual who is at risk of human trafficking.
In true Simple Plan fashion, the guys documented their experiences and want everyone to get involved in helping to end these horrific crimes. In partnership with MTV Exit, USAid, AusAID and WalkFree, Simple Plan has released their video diary of their journey in Vietnam. You can read more about it on MTV Buzzworthy and also watch the SP+MTVExit video for "This Song Saved My Life".
SP FEATURED IN SAMARITAIN MAGAZINE
2 avril 2013
Simple Plan are so proud to be honoured with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, which they were presented with during Canadian Music Week in Toronto. On receiving the award, the band shared the story of how they came to be inspired to start the Simple Plan Foundation and the legacy they can leave to inspire a new generation.
Samaritan Magazine shares some of the band's thoughts on the philosophy behind the SPF and excerpts from their gala speech. Read on!
Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award
22 mars 2013
As announced earlier last Fall, Simple Plan has received the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award 2013 during the Canadian Music Week gala, held in Toronto Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Present at the ceremony, the members of the band were very proud to be honoured once again for their charitable work with the Simple Plan Foundation. They are very thankful to the Slaight Family and, also, to their fans who have always supported them over the years.
On the occasion of the award ceromony, the online magazine Samaritan is publishing a very interesting article about Simple Plan’s humanitarian legacy.
SIMPLE PLAN HONOURED WITH QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL
7 février 2013
Simple Plan has been chosen as one of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, as presented by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Govenor General of Canada! SP is being honoured and dressed with these medals for their work with the Simple Plan Foundation. The medal is awarded to deserving Canadians to recognize and celebrate their contributions and achievements, as well as their dedication of service to fellow citizens, the community and their country.
Here's Jeff's Twitter photos from today and check out the guys with all the recipients on the Govenor General's Twitter. Congratulations!
photo: Cpl Roxanne Shewchuk, Rideau Hall
SIMPLE PLAN IS NOMINATED PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2012
15 janvier 2013
Following the distinctions they have recently received, and to recognize their commitment to young people, especially through the Simple Plan Foundation, the daily newspaper La Presse and the national broadcaster (French-language station) Radio-Canada, two of the most important medias in Quebec, have nominated Simple Plan Personality of the Year 2012.
The members of the band were very proud and thankful to be the recipients of such a prestigious award among the 52 Personalities of the Week 2012. The names of the prize winners in each category hace been announced during the gala Le meilleur de nous-mêmes, held in Montreal and broadcasted on Radio-Canada Sunday, January, the 13th, 2013.
SIMPLE PLAN CHAT ON THE YAHOO! CANADA AWARD
14 décembre 2012
THE ANNUAL BENEFIT EVENT WAS ONCE AGAIN A SUCCESS
30 novembre 2012
The members of Simple Plan, the volunteers of the foundation and all their partners are proud to announce that the benefit lunch MUSIK with Simple Plan, which took place at the Montreal Science Center, last November 18th, was a great success.
The benefit lunch raised more than $160 000
Organized within the context of the exhibition MUSIK : from sound to emotion and held under the patronage of L. Jacques Ménard, president, Quebec, of BMO Financial Group, with the participation of many well-knowed Montreal restaurants, and other partners and sponsors, the lunch gave the guests the opportunity to meet the members of the band, as well as the popular hosts Éric Salvail and Isabelle Racicot, to take photos and to take part in an auction and a draw. It was followed by an intimate acoustic concert.
We are sincerely grateful to everyone who has contributed in a way or another to make possible such a successful event. The lunch has surpassed its objective, raising more than $160 000!
List of our partners, donators and sponsors
The Simple Plan Foundation happy to announce more than $250 000 in donations to various charities and reaches $1 000 000 in overall donations
As they have done over the last 5 years, the Simple Plan Foundation announced at their annual benefit event the list of organizations dedicated to helping youth receiving donations totaling more than $252 000. This is the highest amount to date given by the Foundation, thus surpassing the $1 000 000 mark since its inception, a very proud moment for the band.
For the first time this year, the Foundation has chosen to feature certain causes that correspond best to their objectives by making a more substantial donation to organizations which represent them.
The 3 featured for 2012-2013 were:
- War Child Canada: helping victims of the crisis in Congo, a donation matched this year by the Slaight Family Foundation.
- Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation: dedicated to the Simple Plan Multi-media room project, a special area equipped with the latest electronic equipment & new technologies, dedicated to the service of multi-specialties & transplant department, in the hopes of improving the quality of life of it’s young patients who will often spend very long periods of time hospitalized.
- Dr. Julien Foundation: for the purchase & renovation of an abandoned community center in order to consolidate the Garage à Musique project, and thus offer an accessible et safe environment to troubled youth towards the development & practice of music, as a stimulating alternative to potential destructive behavior or dropping out of school.
Representatives of these 3 organizations were present and spoke to the huge benefits of these generous donations.
Beyond these specific organizations, the Simple Plan Foundation continues to support various causes, for instance anti-bullying campaigns such as Jeunesse J’écoute, GRIS, and Tel-Jeunes via their Intimider c’est dépassé campaign. Additionally, Pierre Bouvier has just recently participating in the Artists against Bullying campaign, joining several of Canada’s top artists to record a new version of the Cindy Lauper classic True Colours.
Internationally, the Foundation continues to offer its support to a number of humanitarian causes, such as the fight against modern human trafficking around the world, recently playing a sold-out show in Hanoi in collaboration with MTV Vietnam for this particular cause.
Simple Plan receives 2 prestigious humanitarian awards
In recognition of their work via the Simple Plan Foundation, the band was recently honoured with two very prestigious awards: the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award received at the 2012 Juno ceremony, and the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, with the band to receive this honor in March 2013 during Canadian Music Week. The group members are extremely proud to be the youngest recipients of these 2 prestigious awards, and hope that their experience can inspire other young artists to get involved in their own way. Of course these types of honors are rarely won without the support and tireless work of a temp of partners & collaborators, and Simple Plan wish to thank everyone who has helped them in these endeavors.
SIMPLE PLAN BOOKS FOR SPFOUNDATION
28 novembre 2012
Simple Plan have always kept charity close to their hearts, and with the massive launch of their book Simple Plan: The Official Story and Simple Plan: L'Histoire Officielle, the band is keeping with the trend. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go to the Simple Plan Foundation and, in turn, be distributed to various organizations assisting youth in Quebec and Canada.
Read this article from the fine folks at samaritanmag.com on the SP book and how the guys want to continue growing the Simple Plan Foundation.
Haven't gotten your book yet? You can order it now in English or French!
MTV EXIT AND SIMPLE PLAN FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
28 novembre 2012
Simple Plan and MTV Exit want you to join them in the fight against modern human trafficking around the world. This amazing piece was filmed while the guys were touring through Vietnam earlier this year. It was a very special trip for the band and you definitely won't want to miss seeing the video!
Head on over to the MTV Exit website and share Simple Plan's page to unlock this exclusive video performance!
NEXT SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION’S BENEFIT LUNCH - MUSIK with Simple Plan
19 octobre 2012
The members of Simple Plan and the Simple Plan Foundation are pleased to announce their 5th benefit event, a whole day entirely dedicated to music, organized within the context of the exhibition MUSIK : from sound to emotion, presented by the Montreal Science Center.
The members of the band, as well as our popular hosts, Éric Salvail and Isabelle Racicot, will be happy to welcome you. While enjoying delicious tapas, you will have the opportunity to meet them, to take part in the auction and the drawing, and to attend an acoustic concert.
Support the Simple Plan Foundation by buying tickets now : $125 (parking included) and get a free entry to visit the exhibition MUSIK, completed by another exclusive Simple Plan exhibition to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
The event will take place on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at noon, at the Montreal Science Center, in the Old Port. For more information, please check out the attached invitation. SPF Invitation
N.B.- Tickets bought before November 5th will be sent by mail; after this date, they will be available at the greeting desk, the day of the event, on presentation of proof of identity and payment. $5 fees will be added for online purchases.
Information : firstname.lastname@example.org
ANOTHER REWARD FOR SIMPLE PLAN - THE BAND IS THE PRIZE WINNER OF THE ALLAN SLAIGHT HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT AWARD 2013
18 octobre 2012
It has just been revealed that Simple Plan will be the 2013 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award during Canadian Music Week! The award is being given to the band for their ongoing work and fundraising efforts with the Simple Plan Foundation to support youth welfare.
"Simple Plan's worldwide success is a testament to their spirit and tenacity as one of this country's best and brightest bands. These five guys from Montreal are truly inspiring with their dedication to give back to youth struggling with adulthood and youth living with illness. The creation of the Simple Plan Foundation very early in their career is a reflection of the connection they have with their audience and the world their fans live in.My father and I are delighted to present them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award", commented Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.
Chuck says, "we have been very privileged to have the chance to live all of our dreams thanks to our band. We are extremely grateful to all of our fans who have been supporting us for the last ten years and who are the main inspiration behind the Simple Plan Foundation. The Foundation is our way to give back and help young people who might not have had the same opportunities as us. It has been one of the most rewarding experience of our lives and we look forward to continue what we started for the rest of our career.”
Information : www.cmw.net
SIMPLE PLAN PERFORMS AT THE MTV EXIT LIVE IN VIETNAM
28 mai 2012
Last week-end, on May 26th, 2012, Simple Plan was performing in front of more than 40 000 fans at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium for this year’s MTV EXIT live event, to support the campaign against human trafficking, a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide.
It was the band’s first-ever performance in Vietnam and they were particularly happy to participate in this nation-wide initiative to raise awareness of this modern-day slavery and fight exploitation. The show, completed by a documentary in which SP contributed, will be broadcast in a few weeks on MTV Vietnam.
Once again, Simple Plan shows its faith in the power of music as an incredible force for awareness and change.
WHEN MUSIC SAVES LIVES
22 avril 2012
At the Juno Awards Gala in Ottawa earlier this month, Simple Plan was honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for their devotion and efforts to enable positive change with youth through music. In the latest blog instalment for the Huffington Post Quebec, Chuck writes about the Simple Plan Foundation, the impact it has had on the band and how giving back to your community doesn’t have a minimum age requirement. You don’t have to be a celebrity or a musician to help others, so be inspired and get involved in your local area!
Huffington Post Quebec
A SHOW IN HANOI TO SUPPORT MTV EXIT
18 avril 2012
Simple Plan will be hitting the stage at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium on May 26th, to support the MTV Exit (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign, a nation-wide initiative to combat human trafficking through youth engagement, live events and television programming. Human trafficking is a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide - and Simple Plan are proud to be involved with such an important cause.
“Over our career, it’s always been very important for us to get involved socially and support causes that are close to our hearts. We started the Simple Plan Foundation with the goal of helping young people in need,” said Chuck Comeau. “Teaming up with MTV EXIT to raise global awareness around the issue of human trafficking is exactly what our mission is all about. Human trafficking is a horrible crime with devastating consequences for so many young people and their families. We are proud to stand together with MTV EXIT and their partners in the fight against exploitation. We can’t wait to play in Vietnam for the first time and are looking forward to informing our fans on how they can get involved and help out.”
You can join Simple Plan in the fight against human trafficking by signing up here to receive more information.
Details on how to get your free tickets to the MTV Exit event with Simple Plan and other local artists will be announced soon!
RECIPIENT OF THE JUNO’S ALLAN WATERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD, SIMPLE PLAN IS NAMED « PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK » BY LA PRESSE / RADIO-CANADA
11 avril 2012
The members of Simple Plan were present at THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS held last March 31 and April 1. They performed during the broadcast, playing with K’Naan their latest single Summer Paradise. During the weekend, the band also had the opportunity to visit The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, at his home in Ottawa. Of course, the guys couldn't pass up a chance to get a photo together.
But they were particularly honored to be the recipients of the Allan Waters Humanitarian award for the work they have accomplished through the Simple Plan Foundation, dedicated to helping young people in need or victim of life threatening illnesses. They were all the more proud since they are the youngest artists to ever receive this award. Obviously moved by this honour, they delivered a touching acceptance speech which was warmly received by the audience.
Because of this recognition and to salute their commitment to youth welfare, La Presse and Radio-Canada have named the five members of Simple Plan « Personalities of the Week ». Pierre, Chuck, jeff, Sébastien and David cetainly intend to continue their foundation’s initiatives. Since it was created, the Simple Plan Foundation has already donated $ 750 000 to different youth-focused charities in Quebec, Canada and even abroad and should reach the outstanding milestone of $1 million in donations in 2012.
It’s because they have read hundreds of letters from their fans thanking Simple Plan for helping them to go through tough times, and then felt they had to go a step beyond, that the members of the band are now doing a bit more than just write songs. Still, these songs are the starting point and the common thread of their more direct involvement, showing eloquently the awesome power of music.
JUNO / press release, March 31
La Presse / article, April 9 and Radio-Canada / interviews April 8 at RDI, Matin week-end TV morning show and April 9 at CBF-FM, C’est bien meilleur le matin radio morning show
SIMPLE PLAN HONOURED WITH ALLAN WATERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD
24 février 2012
Simple Plan has just been announced as the recipients for the 2012 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for their work through the Simple Plan Foundation! The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is thrilled to recognize the band for their charitable, global fundraising efforts and dedication to supporting youth through several Canadian charities.
“Words cannot express how grateful we are to be the recipients of this award,” said Chuck. “To be recognized by CARAS and the JUNO Awards is a true honour for us. As a band we have been very fortunate to receive the constant support of our fans, which has allowed us to continue doing what we love for the last ten years. Because of that, we believe that it is extremely important for us to give back, and the Simple Plan Foundation is our way to do this. We are very proud of all of our Foundation’s initiatives — they have helped to define us as a band and have become a large part of who we are. There is no question that the Simple Plan Foundation will continue to grow and that we will be able to help our communities for many years to come."
The band will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award on March 31st in Ottawa, Ontario at the JUNO Awards Gala.
A HOCKEY STICK TO PROFIT THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION
6 février 2012
The members of Simple Plan are proud to team up with Sher-Wood Hockey and Pro Hockey Life to help youth in need, by creating a unique hockey stick inspired by the image of the band.
Available now online and at Pro Hockey Life megastores on February 9, all proceeds from the sale of these limited edition hockey sticks will go to the Simple Plan Foundation, which has been supporting youth organizations since 2005.
A high performance and exclusive hockey stick for a good cause : get yours now !
9 janvier 2012
On December 23rd, Chuck and Sébastien visited sick children and teenagers in three Montreal Hospitals: St-Justine Hospital, Montreal Children’s Hospital and Le Phare, Enfants et Familles.
It's never easy to have to spend the holiday season in the hospital, and it's probably even harder to deal with for young kids and teenagers. It was important for Chuck and Seb to go spend a little bit of time with them, cheer them on and encourage them. Judging by all the smiles, the visit was greatly appreciated, both by the kids and by the band.
A LOVELY PICTURE FROM CONGO
10 novembre 2011
War Child Canada is one of the charities that the Simple Plan Foundation has been supporting since its beginnings. The foundation’s contribution to the « Education Revitalization » program helps War Child provide children in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the means to build a brighter future. The attached photo says it all !
THE JOINT BENEFIT CONCERT SIMPLE PLAN-OSM WAS A GREAT SUCCESS
25 septembre 2011
The members of Simple Plan and the volunteers of the foundation, and our OSM’s partners, are tremendously proud to announce that their annual benefit event, which took place September 20th, 2011, at La Maison symphonique de Montréal, was a real success.
The benefit concert surpassed its initial objective by raising more than $300 000
Simple Plan’s partnership with the OSM turned out to be an amazing event : in front of 2 000 enthousiastic fans (the show was sold out), the musicians all together put up an outstanding performance in the fantastic orchestra’s new hall, La Maison symphonique de Montréal. The conductor, Simon Leclerc, who made the arrangements, has brilliantly succeeded in mixing the pop-rock energy of the band with the symphonic sound. Sixteen songs were chosen, among the new and classical Simple Plan’s hits. Because of the complicity between the artists, the magic of music couldn’t work better.
Same as last year, the popular emcee and producer, Éric Salvail, did a real good job as the host, coordinating all the details. Besides the concert, an auction offering many attractive items and a draw were organized for the pleasure of our guests and, of course, to collect even more money. The aim of this unique evening was to raise funds to profit the Simple Plan Foundation and educational activities of the OSM. We were happy to announce that we succeeded in surpassing our objective by raising more than $300 000 !
We are very proud of the result but, above all, we are extremely grateful to all those who contributed in a way or another to make this evening truly special and unforgettable. Thank you very sincerely to all our partners, donators and sponsors, collaborators and volunteers, who generously helped us and made possible this wonderful event.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT !
List of our collaborators
List of our partners and sponsors
Donations totalling $220 000
During a press conference in the afternoon, just before the benefit concert, the Simple Plan Foundation has made donations to more than 20 different charitable organizations dedicated to helping troubled or sick youths for an amount of $220 000. Since 2008, it’s a total of $700 000 that has been donated.
Let’s mention that, this year, the Simple Plan Foundation is supporting a few new charities, among them Dans la rue, an organization that takes care of some of the most destitute young people in our society, particularly by providing an innovative music program as a therapeutic tool.
The Simple Plan Foundation was also very happy to be able this year to team up with the CN’s Miracle Match program. Part of the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open, this charitable initiative is supporting pediatric care. As the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation and The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation have been selected by the CN this year, the SPF’s donations have been matched by the CN, doubling the amount dedicated to our projects !
List of charities receiving a donation for 2011-2012
BENEFIT EVENT PROGRAM
14 septembre 2011
For those who wish to have a preview of the sequence of activities during the joint benefit concert SPF-OSM that will take place in the OSM’s brand new home, La Maison symphonique de Montréal, this brochure will allow you to have a look in advance to the unique items which will be auctioned that night.
The list of charities receiving a donation from the Simple Plan Foundation will be announced during a press conférence, the same day, September 20th, at 3 :00 pm.
It should be an exciting evening !
WHY A FOUNDATION ?
7 septembre 2011
At The Gazette’s request, and speaking on behalf of all the members of Simple Plan, Pierre tells us about the deep motivations that explain the launch of their foundation. A touching testimony !
N.B.- This article has been published in The Montreal Gazette newspaper, on September 6th, 2011, p. A 17
ÉRIC SALVAIL WILL HOST THE BENEFIT CONCERT SPF-OSM
26 août 2011
The members of Simple Plan and the foundation are happy to announce that the very popular host Éric Savail will emcee the joint benefit concert with Simple Plan and the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra (OSM) to be held next September 20, to benefit young people.
Already last year, Éric Salvail has hosted the SPF’s benefit lunch at the Club sportif MAA. Considering that the event was a great success, he had no hesitation to repeat the experience especially as this year the concert will be unique and exclusive, bringing together 2 000 people in the OSM’s brand new hall. The SP-OSM association will be the occasion to discover in a spectacular way a new dimension to the Simple Plan repertoire.
Éric’s profile responds perfectly to our needs : funny, open and friendly, yet very professional, he will certainly be at ease to present brilliantly the various activities on the program : the Meet & Greet before the concert, the presentation of the show, the draw and the auction. In the afternoon, he will also emcee the press conference during which will be announced the charities receiving a donation.
Éric as well as the members of the band are obviously delighted to work together again and they invite you to come and share their pleasure. There is still a few tickets left : hurry up ! osm.ca
SHOW YOUR STRENGTH
25 août 2011
Simple Plan have announced their support in a youth oriented campaign called “Show Your Strength”, developed by Brook Peters. Brook originally began the project with a film he made called “The Second Day”, about his second day of kindergarten on September 11, 2001, blocks away from the Ground Zero site. During the promotion of his film, Brook realized that his message of inner strength was universal and that youth around the world face challenges that require courage and resilience on a daily basis.
The “Show Your Strength” campaign will culminate in a music video, set to Simple Plan’s fan-favourite track “What If”. Brook says he approached the band to use the song “because I feel it makes listeners question what they can do to change themselves and, in turn, help change the world.” All youth are invited to participate in the “Show Your Strength” project by sending a photo of themselves with a personal statement or story on their inner strength. For all the details on the project and submissions, visit theseconddayfilm.com/campaign
THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION MAKES ANOTHER DONATION TO HELP JAPAN
11 juillet 2011
When visiting Japan recently, at the end of May, the members of the group donated an extra $ 5 000 to the Japanese Red Cross. This amount represents the total of all proceeds from the sale of the special t-shirt #HelpJapan.
As you may remember, the Simple Plan Foundation has exceptionally decided, right after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, to make a $ 10 000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help Japan Relief Effort and, at the same time, to design a special shirt to raise money for the victims.
Thanks to our fans for their generosity and best wishes to our japanese friends !
NEXT SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION BENEFIT-CONCERT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL
27 juin 2011
Simple Plan band members and the Simple Plan Foundation are pleased to announce that they are teaming up with the OSM to present a joint benefit-concert to raise funds to help youth.
This unique event will be held on September 20 in the OSM’s new home and Simple Plan is particularly proud to be the first pop artist to perform in the new hall. The benefit event will offer fans a unique opportunity to discover a new dimension to the repertoire of Simple Plan, while the arrangements by Simon Leclerc, conductor of the concert, will resonate beautifully in the new hall, while highlighting the signature sound of Simple Plan.
All monies raised during this special evening will be donated to the Simple Plan Foundation, which will be its main annual fundraiser, as well as educational activities of the OSM. This joint project is part of the desire for both organizations to engage in a concerted way with the younger generation.
The objective of the Simple Plan Foundation is to help troubled or seriously ill young people while encouraging learning and practice of music as a way to help them find a passion and purpose in life. This objective meets the educational mission of the orchestra and its creation of several series for the younger generation, such as children's games, and the OSM Youth Symphonic Matinees. The OSM also aims to provide access to classical music to as many young people as possible.
Under the honorary patronage of Mr. L. Jacques Ménard, President, Quebec, of BMO Financial Group, this fundraiser benefits from the support of BMO Financial Group as major partner. The Simple Plan Foundation and the OSM are counting on the support of their faithful and generous partners, donors, sponsors and fans for making this concert a success.
Tickets are on sale at a cost of $ 125. However, a limited number of tickets located in the first rows in front and around the stage, are available at a cost of $ 75, so as to promote greater accessibility to the fans. Finally, VIP tickets, at a cost of $250, will give access to prime seating and an after-show meeting with the artists. Fans can get buy their tickets on www.osm.ca or by calling the ticket office of the OSM at 514 842-9951. A receipt for tax purposes will be issued on the eligible portion.
Information: 514 842-9955 www.osm.ca
A JAM SESSION WITH SIMPLE PLAN : AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE !
15 mai 2011
When they were in Montreal recently, the Simple Plan members invited the winner of the prize, that had been put up for auction last November 14 at the Club sportif MAA, to join them to jam a few songs and to play music together.
Matthew McCormack, a young SP fan who is particularly talented in music, was absolutely delighted by his experience. He was accompanied by the members of his family, who also seemed to have enjoyed their afternoon, just as the members of the band who took pleasure in sharing these moments with them.
We wish Matthew a lot of success in all his projects !
SIMPLE PLAN’S FANS ARE INVITED TO HELP JAPAN !
14 mars 2011
The images and videos of the devastation that has hit Japan following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami are absolutely horrible and heartbreaking.
The members of Simple Plan had the privilege to visit Japan many times over the last 10 years and believe it’s one of the most amazing place in the world. To see such destruction has deeply affected everyone in the band.
The Simple Plan Foundation has decided, exceptionally, to donate $10 000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help Japan earthquake and tsunami Relief Effort. The members of the foundation hope their contribution will inspire their fans and other bands or people to join them and to donate as well.
Simple Plan has also designed a special #HelpJapan shirt to help raise money for the Red Cross. All proceeds from the sale of this special shirt will go to the Red Cross Japan Relief Effort.
Please join us and help us support Japan by purchasing your own today. You can click here and HELP!
You can also donate directly to the Red Cross.
Or TEXT REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Red Cross Canada
* Telephone: 1-800-418-1111
* Text the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5
* Checks should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to:
Canadian Red Cross
National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300,
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.
Thank you very much for your generosity. To all our amazing japanese fans and friends and everyone who was has been hit by this horrible tragedy, we are praying for you and sending you LOVE and HOPE.
Domo arigato. Thank you.
Chuck, Pierre, Jeff, Seb and David.
THE MAGAZINE SEVENTEEN.COM SUPPORTS THE WALLET CAMPAIGN
1 février 2011
The online magazine www.seventeen.com supports the 2011 wallet campaign to profit War Child. This organization helps children and families affected by war all over the world and, once again this year, partners with Spring Shoes to raise money, selling recyclable wallets designed by artists, among them Simple Plan.
The magazine invites its readers to buy a wallet for $5, but also to participate in the « Design the Difference » contest and to create their own design. The winner will be chosen by Simple Plan and will see her or his design be sold in Call It Spring stores all year long !
CONGRATULATIONS TO FICTION IN MOTION, WINNER OF THE BRIAN HOWES PRIZE
20 décembre 2010
It’s finally a band from Quebec region, Fiction in Motion, who has won the prize that has been put up for auction by the successful and renowned producer Brian Howes, who just completed work on Simple Plan’s new album.
This famous prize was auctioned off on eBay. Brian Howes offered to co-write, compose, record, produce and mix a song with the winner of this bid in his own Vancouver studio, the Van Howes Studios. For an aspiring artist, songwriter, band or singer, it was a unique opportunity and a rare privilege !
The members of Fiction in Motion wanted to present their donation personally to the Simple Plan Foundation’s president, Mr André Prud’Homme, in presence of a representative of the band, Sébastien Lefebvre. The full amount of the bid will be going to Simple Plan’s charity foundation. We are very thankful for their generous contribution. Thanks also to Brian for the time and energy he will give to the project.
We wish the members of Fiction in Motion a productive and inspiring stay in Vancouver and good luck in their career !
BUY A WALLET - MAKE A DONATION
19 décembre 2010
SPRING has once again joined forces with War Child Canada , this time to create limited edition wallets designed by Simple Plan, Cyndi Lauper and Moby. Create your own or buy a launch wallet for $5 designed by Simple Plan here! Makes a great last minute Christmas gift that goes towards a good cause too! designthedifference.net
A BENEFIT-SHOW AT COLLÈGE BEAUBOIS
13 décembre 2010
The members of Simple Plan were proud to take part, last November 16, in a benefit concert with other alumni from Collège Beaubois, who are now making their career in show business. They were particularly happy to be back in the high school where they have grown up, being the Alma Mater of four of them. That’s where they met and started their first band.
The evening raised $ 20 000, which will be shared between the Simple Plan Foundation and the Collège Beaubois’ foundation. The college intend to set up a scholarship for young people who can’t afford to pay for their education.
Thanks to the organization committee, to all the artists, to the public and to everyone who has supported the project !
THE AUBERGE DU CŒUR LE TRANSIT WINS THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION’S GRANT
9 décembre 2010
The Simple Plan Foundation is proud to announce that it’s the Auberge du Cœur Le transit, from Rimouski, that has received this year the $ 4 000 donation for its project of musical work-groups for their residents. The project will result in creating an original song.
Another $ 1 000 grant is awarded each year to a young talented artist ; an ex-resident of the Auberge du Cœur L’Avenue, Pierre-Luc Bédard (Capucin), has won the prize and will be able to set off on tour with its group.
JESSICA SUPPLE DONATES $900 TO THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION
6 décembre 2010
For a second year in a row, and all by her own, Jessica Supple has organized a fundraiser event to profit the Simple Plan Foundation. She gathered more than 60 people for a bowling evening in Bois-des-Filion, near Montreal. She was very proud to present to the members of the band a cheque in the amount of $900, on the occasion of their benefit lunch at the Club sportif MAA, last November 14, 2010. The guys were very grateful and congratulated her warmly. Bravo Jessica !
A TRUE STORY OF SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION AUCTION WINNERS
2 décembre 2010
On November 14, 2010 the Simple Plan Foundation held its annual event. One of the prizes up for auction was a video game session with SP, offered by GameAccess.ca. This is what happened. These are true events.
RECORD A SONG WITH PRODUCER BRIAN HOWES
24 novembre 2010
Brian Howes is auctioning off the the unique opportunity for an aspiring artist, songwriter, band or singer to work with massively successful producer Brian Howes, who just completed work on Simple Plan’s new album, at his own Van Howes Studios in Vancouver. Brian will co-write, compose, record, produce and mix a song with the winner of this bid and all money raised will be donated to the Simple Plan Foundation!
Donated by Brian Howes and Van Howes Studios. Howes was honored at the 2010 SOCAN Awards with this year’s International Achievement Award! Howes becomes only the second recipient of this prestigious award, given last year to the legendary group Rush.
The Vancouver based Howes was recognized by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada at its 21st annual awards.
To bid on this auction, click here.
SPCREW FAN CLUB MEMBERSHIP DONATIONS
23 novembre 2010
Beginning December 1st, 2010, $1 of every membership and every renewal to Simple Plan’s Official Fan Club- SPCrew- will be donated to the Simple Plan Foundation. Visit www.officialspcrew.com to become a member and help contribute.
A GREAT SUCCESS: THE BENEFIT EVENT Preview of Simple Plan's 4th Album RAISED $135 000!
22 novembre 2010
The members of the band and the Simple Plan Foundation are tremendously proud to announce that their annual benefit event which took place Sunday, November 14, 2010, at the Club sportif MAA, was a real success..
Donations totalling $185 000
During a press conference just before the benefit lunch, the Simple Plan Foundation announced its donations to different charitable organizations dedicated to helping troubled youths in the amount of $185 000. Since 2008, it’s a total of nearly half a million dollars that has been donated. You will find the list of the organizations that received a donation for 2010, as well as a short description of each of them, by clicking on the link below:
List of charities receiving a donation for 2010
The lunch surpassed its initial objective and raised $135 000
The benefit event Preview of Simple Plan’s 4th Album was also a great success: : the room was packed with SP fans and supporters and the guests all had an amazing time. The food offered by five well-knowed Montreal restaurants (Buonanotte, Café Vasco da Gama, Le Muscadin, Méchant Bœuf, Vauvert) was exceptional, the desserts were delicious and wine, water and other soft drinks were served throughout the day. The live and silent auctions gave everyone a chance to bid on some really exclusive and prestigious items. All our volunteers worked really hard to make sure the show would run smoothly and that everything was perfect. The room looked great and the acoustic performance sounded fantastic! All the SP fans also got a chance to listen to 5 new songs from the upcoming album and, judging by their reactions, they really enjoyed it! The very popular TV personality and producer, Éric Salvail did a stellar good job as our host, making everyone laugh and coordinating all the details of the day.
The lunch succeeded in surpassing its initial objective of $125 000 by raising more than $135 000 ! We are very happy and proud of the result, but above all, we are extremely grateful to all those who contributed in one way or another, and among others the Club sportif MAA who welcomed us so graciously. Thank you very sincerely to all our partners, donators and sponsors, collaborators and volunteers who generously helped us and made this wonderful event possible. Thank you also to our amazing fans and to all the guests who attended our event, who participated in the auction and in the draw and who sang with the band during the show, making this day a truly special and unforgettable one. See you all next year!
List of our collaborators
List of all our partners, donators and sponsors (logos)
A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!
BENEFIT LUNCH – PREVIEW OF SIMPLE PLAN'S 4th ALBUM
29 septembre 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010, at noon • Centre sportif MAA, 2070 Peel Street, Montreal
For three consecutive years, the Simple Plan Foundation is organizing a benefit event, that will be hosted this year by the popular emcee and producer Éric Salvail. In addition to meeting the members of the band, participating in an auction and attending an acoustic concert, the guests will have the unique privilege to have an exclusive preview of Simple Plan’s 4th album, months before its release. They will also taste the Barefoot wines and enjoy different specialties offered by five well-known Montreal restaurants : Buonanotte, Le Muscadin, Méchant Bœuf, Vasco da Gama et Vauvert, as well as desserts prepared by L’Altesse, La Danoiserie and students from the Centre de formation Jacques-Rousseau. The lunch Taste of Montreal will be preceded by the official announcement of the foundation’s new donations for 2010-2011, totalizing $185 000.
YOU CAN BUY TICKETS ($100)
- By phone (payment by credit card) : 514 846-7101 (Annie Guérin)
- By fax (with the registration form) : 514 846-2698
- By cheque (at the order of Simple Plan Foundation and joined to the registration form) : at the following address : Simple Plan Foundation, c/o Annie Guérin, 1250, René-Lévesque blvd West, Suite 3100, Montreal, QC, H3B 4W8.
For more information, please click on the links below.
Invitation letter - Registration form - About the Simple Plan Foundation
THANKS TO THE ADEESE-UQAM
25 mai 2010
On EDUshow’s 10th anniversary, the Université du Québec à Montréal Education Student Association (ADEESE-UQAM) decided to raise money for the Simple Plan Foundation, in order to help young people in need. The 2010 edition took place at the Lion d’Or, last March 23, and has allowed to collect $2 000.
The members of the group and the foundation are particularly proud to see these future teachers sharing there mission and they warmly thank all persons who took part in the show, as well as the organizers, for their generosity.
Congratulations to everybody that was personally involved in the project !
BENEFIT SHOW IN VAL-D’OR TO PROFIT THE FOUNDATION
4 mai 2010
The Simple Plan Foundation thanks very sincerely Valérie Matteau, a student of Val-d’Or, Qc, who made a donation to the foundation for the sum of $275, which represents the proceeds of a benefit show she organized as her high-school personal project. The members of the group and the foundation are really touched and proud of her personal involvement in the foundation’s mission.
Congratulations to Valérie who has realized, all by herself, such a nice project !
PIERRE CONTRIBUTES TO “WAVIN’ FLAG” FOR YOUNG ARTISTS FOR HAITI
22 mars 2010
Musical icon, Bob Ezrin announces that more than 50 of the country’s best and brightest young artists gathered today at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver to record a song dedicated to the recovery efforts in earthquake ravaged Haiti.
The song, a rendition of hip-hop artist, K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” will be released in the coming weeks with proceeds going to Free The Children, War Child Canada and World Vision Canada.
“With the wealth of young artists coming out of Canada, it was obvious that this is something we had to do,” says Ezrin. “K’naan’s lyrics in Wavin’ Flag embody the pain, passion and determination of the Haitian people and lend the hope of a brighter future. The response from the artists has been sensational, and I am so proud that together we may help to make a difference.”
CIBC MIRACLE DAY
9 mars 2010
Last December 2nd, two members of Simple Plan, Sébastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco, have joined the CIBC Children’s Foundation at its 2009 Miracle Day 25th anniversary celebrations. Each year since 1984, on Miracle Day, CIBC’s wholesale banking sales and trading staff and CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors donate their fees and commissions to children’s charities. Within that context, the Simple Plan Foundation has received a cheque of $15 000. The foundation thanks very sincerely all the generous employees, clients and partners of CIBC World Markets and congratulates them for this extraordinary initiative.
SIMPLE PLAN PLEDGES $10,000 FOR HAITI
26 janvier 2010
Joining the thousands who are coming together to lend a helping hand, Simple Plan was on hand today to show their support for Haiti. The guys were part of two big fundraisers in Canada, “Canada for Haiti” as well as well as “Ensemble pour Haiti” in Quebec.
Through their Simple Plan foundation, the guys also took the opportunity to do their small part and donated a cheque for $10,000 in hopes that other artists, businesses and individuals will follow suit and donate for Haiti.
If you too can donate, please do.
ENSEMBLE POUR HAITI TELETHON
23 janvier 2010
Tune into CBC/CTV/MTV/MuchMusic/TVA or Global today (Friday) at 7pm ET and join in the Canadian effort of sending relief to Haiti. The program will precede the U.S. organized Hope For Haiti telethon that airs on all American networks.
Donations made during the broadcast will go to The Canadian Red Cross Society, Care Canada, Free the Children, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada.
The Simple Plan Foundation will be donating money to the relief efforts of Haiti tonight on the telethon Ensemble Pour Haiti. Watch it tonight on http://tva.canoe.ca/emissions/ensemblepourhaiti/.
SOUVENIR VIDEO OF THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION’S BENEFIT SHOW Metropolis – 09/09/24
30 novembre 2009
Thanks to CyberCap, you can now see a short video showing the highlights of the Simple Plan Foundation’s benefit show, which took place at the Metropolis, in Montreal, last September 24. The document gives a good idea of the event for people who couldn’t attend and will certainly remind those who were present of a nice evening.
CyberCap is a non profit organisation, whose mission is to help young people in need by giving them the opportunity to discover and experiment the multimedia industry, in order to prevent their drop out from school and to contribute to their integration into the world of work. During the show, the volunteers of CyberCap, under the supervision of Étienne Bégin Thibault, were in charge of recording and live broadcasting the event on giant screens and, afterwards, they used that material to produce the souvenir document.
Congratulations and many thanks !
TWO NEW SCHOOLS BUILT IN CONGO!
19 octobre 2009
The boys were in Toronto at the Eaton Centre to help celebrate the one
year anniversary of the launch of Spring's "One Brick At A Time"
campaign for Warchild. The band were pleased to announce that over
100K has been raised from the sale of War Child bracelets at Spring&Aldo stores across North America. 100% of the profits from the bracelet were used to create two new sustainable schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Tamala and Mshimbakye), which will allow over 600 students to return to school after years of civil war.
Thank you all for your support this year! You can grab the new bracelet here for only $5 or go to an Aldo/Spring (http://www.myspringshoes.com/) store near you !
TWO MORE FANS HAVE ORGANIZED EVENTS TO PROFIT THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION DURING 2009
16 octobre 2009
Vanessa Guénette has organized a Wrestling Show, completed by many other activities, that took place in Valleyfield, in August 2009, and raised $1 752. She was proud to present the cheque personally to the members of Simple Plan, at the Metropolis, last September 24th.
Results of the Nidanay Project Michel Legault has also made a donation of $900, as a result of the Internet auction where autographed pieces of a giant puzzle were sold.
These two new donations add to the $1 100 raised by the bowling evening organized by Jessica Supple and to the $1 850 raised by the second benefit show put on by Valérie Thorn.
The Simple Plan Foundation wants to thank warmly all these fans who decided to involve themselves personally in a fundraising event and can only encourage them to continue supporting its charitable causes.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS ! THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION’S BENEFIT SHOW AT THE METROPOLIS WAS A BIG SUCCESS
28 septembre 2009
The members of Simple Plan and the foundation warmly thank all their fans and supporters, as well as the numerous volunteers, who have contributed, by their présence and by their unfailing support, to make a great success of the last September 24th benefit show.
They are sincerely thankful to their partners, collaborators, donators and sponsors for making a donation, buying tickets or offering items for the auction. They also want to thank all the enterprises and persons who have provided the benefit show organizors with various services : venue and technical services ; recording and projection on screens of the event ; wine, water, desserts and service ; hosting ; advertizing ; graphic design, printing and Web ; photography ; press relations ; merchandise and tickets sale ; double auction organization ; security ; welcome table, secretarial and accounting work ; show management and event organization.
They also want to say a special thank you to their main partners, BMO Financial Group and CIBC Wood Gundy, for the trust they have always shown since the beginnings of the foundation.
Even if the results of this fund-raising event are still preliminary, the Simple Plan Foundation can already say that the objective of $125 000 has been reached. The final details will be published as soon as possible. Thanks to all of you, the Simple Plan Foundation will be able to continue helping young people in need.
List of partners and sponsors
THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION HAS MADE DONATIONS TOTALIZING $170 000 TO DIFFERENT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
24 septembre 2009
The Simple Plan Foundation was proud to announce, during a press conference held earlier the same day as the benefit show, the list of organizations receiving a donation for 2009-2010. The total amount reaches $170 000 ; it’s $70 000 more than last year.
Though many of the recipients are actually repeats from last year, in order to maintain a constant presence within many of the programs the Foundation is involved with, others will benefit new partners whose mission fits more precisely with the Foundation’s objectives. Naturally the amount of demands to the Foundation increased tenfold this year, not only in total amount but in the diversity of said demands. Difficult choices had to be made, thusly the Foundation decided to focus its efforts on organizations directly supporting music as a way to help the youth. The Simple Plan Foundation aims to help young people in need, stricken with serious illness or going through teenage problems: drugs, depression, suicide, poverty and the effects of war. Through donations and work with various groups and organizations, the Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of this youth. For the band members, the promotion of musical programs in schools is a viable way to help young people develop a passion and to find a sense of purpose in life. Also very important to the Foundation are musical therapy programs for the handicapped or gravely ill children.
Sponsorship of “Musique X” and “Garage à musique”
This year, the Foundation has chosen to sponsor musical therapy programs in hospitals as well as music development programs in under-privileged neighborhoods which can offer a safe and accessible environment for the youth to express their creativity with appropriate supervision. And so it is with great pleasure that the members of the band have decided to sponsor the “Musique X” and “Garage à Musique” programs.
Back in August 2008, the band had committed to doing something special for the youth of Montreal-North, and it is through this commitment, along with the support of various partners, that the “Musique X” program was born and developed. Jointly, a similar program was being developed by Dr. Gilles Julien, founder of the centers for social pediatrics; the “Garage à Musique” – specifically created for the development of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve youth through music. For Simple Plan, getting involved with both of these programs was a natural fit, and it is their hope that through this sponsorship more attention will be brought to this worthy cause.
List of charitable organizations that received contributions
SIMPLE PLAN BENEFIT SHOW - Metropolis – September 24, 2009
16 juillet 2009
The members of Simple Plan and the Simple Plan Foundation invite their fans and partners to attend their second benefit event to profit their foundation, September 24th 2009, at 7 :30 pm, at the Metropolis, 59 St-Catherine Street East, in Montreal.
The evening will begin with a cocktail and an auction, that will offer guests the opportunity to meet the band in intimate surroundings. Afterwards, Simple Plan will perform a concert. You may purchase tickets for $125 per person. You may also become a privileged partner or sponsor. You will find all information below.
Simple Plan and the foundation count on your support to make this fundraising event a great success.
Download the invitation letter
Download the form
Download the sponsorship program
A SECOND BENEFIT SHOW ORGANIZED BY VALÉRIE THORN
11 juillet 2009
It’s the second time that Valérie Thorn has been organizing a benefit show to profit the Simple Plan Foundation, the first time within the context of her high-school’s international program project, the second time all by herself. This event took place at the Oka’s Secondary School, June 6th, 2009, and has raised $1 850. The Simple Plan Foundation thanks her very sincerely and congratulates her. She can be proud of her achievement !
TOUR CIBC CHARLES-BRUNEAU : MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
10 juillet 2009
The members of Simple Plan are very proud of their participation in the 14th édition of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. They have this way contributed to raise more than $1 000 000 in support of children with cancer. As ambassadors, they have cycled the last 125 km of the four days tour and were warmly welcomed at their arrival at Montreal City Hall by the mayor Gérald Tremblay and, also, by Mr Pierre Bruneau, vice président and spokesman of the Fondation du Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, and the young Émilie Dubé, spokesperson of this 14th édition.
SIMPLE PLAN TAKES PART IN THE 2009 TOUR CIBC CHARLES-BRUNEAU
6 juillet 2009
Many members of the group Simple Plan will take part in the « Ambassadors Day » during the 14th edition of the CIBC Charles-Bruneau Bicycle Tour, in order to raise funds to help children with cancer. On July 9th, they will join a group of businessmen and women already taking part, from July 6th to the 9th, in a 600 km bicycle trek to profit the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau; they will cover the distance between Saint-Jérôme and the Montreal city hall. They are expected to arrive at approx. 4:00 pm.
By taking up this challenge, they want to show their support for children and families who are fighting cancer and they invite all their fans to encourage them.
Be generous : you cannot remain indifferent to such a cause !
For more information and to make a donation : http://www.charlesbruneau.qc.ca/tour-cibc/en/
The « Fondation Sourdine » raised over $110 000
19 mai 2009
Supported by Simple Plan, the benefit event « Les saveurs du théâtre » was a great success. Presented last May 4th by Lobe Santé auditive et communication, in partnership with Widex, Sennheiser and Starkey, to profit the « Fondation Sourdine », it gathered more than 350 persons, who attended a play especially written by Marie-Thérèse Quinton for the hearing impaired children, with the generous participation of the actress Sophie Faucher. The performance was followed by a gastronomic meal at Pur hotel, thanks to the talented chefs that have contributed: François Privé of Pur hotel, Stéphane Modat of L’Utopie, Joseph Sarrazin of the 47e Parallèle and Jean-Luc Piquemal, consultant.
On the occasion, the members of the band have sent by video a message of encouragement to the deaf children; moreover, many autographed items have been sold off by auction, among them one of Seb’s guitar at $5 500! The evening allowed the «Fondation Sourdine» to raise the incredible amount of more than $109 000 net, more than twice as much as last year. All the proceeds have been donated to the «École oraliste pour enfants sourds», a school where deaf children learn oral language.
SIMPLE PLAN SUPPORTS THE “FONDATION SOURDINE”
16 avril 2009
Although they cannot be present at the benefit event “Les Saveurs du théâtre”, that will be held in Quebec City on May 4th, 2009, Simple Plan is proud to support the “Fondation Sourdine”, which aim is to help deaf children in their effort to learn oral language.
The Simple Plan Foundation will donate different promotional items, autographed by all the members of the group to benefit the "Fondation Sourdine" auction fundraiser.
It's not the first time that Simple Plan is implicated in that cause. The group has often been collaborating with Sennheiser to bring a concert experience to hearing impaired children, with the help of a cochlear implant.
For more information, and to reserve your seats, please contact the "Fondation Sourdine" at 418 263-5189, or take a look at the Web site at www.sourdine.qc.ca or at the magazine "Lobe", available free of charge in the different "Lobe Santé auditive" clinics across the province of Quebec.
A BOWLING EVENING TO PROFIT SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION
26 mars 2009
Within the context of the personal project that must realize the students enrolled in an international program, a student from the North Shore Secondary School located in Bois-des-Filions, Jessica Supple, organized a bowling evening to raise funds for the Simple Plan Foundation. Last March 14th, she has presented to the foundation a check in the amount of $1 100, in presence of all the members of the group, who have thanked and congratulated her warmly.
MORE THAN 7 000 FANS AT BROMONT
16 mars 2009
The open-air show that took place on March 14th 2009, within the context of « Défi Ski 12h Leucan », has been a great success. It has gathered more than 7 000 fans and contributed to raise money to profit Leucan. Altogether, the different activities held at the three participating ski centers have allowed Leucan to collect $350 000.
SIMPLE PLAN CONCERT TO PROFIT LEUCAN
30 janvier 2009
Following their foundation’s involvement in Leucan, Simple Plan is proud to announce that they will be taking part in the launch festivities of Leucan’s 30th anniversary, by offering a big open-air show at Ski Bromont, on March 14th 2009, within the context of “Défi ski 12h Leucan”.
Ski Bromont 150 Champlain St. Bromont, QC
Tickets are available at www.defiski.com. All profits will go to Leucan to help the organization fulfill its mission of support and accompaniment toward children with cancer and their families. The members of Simple Plan hope that their fans will be generous for a cause that they hold in particularly high esteem.
Created in 1978, Leucan is a non-profit-making organization, which receives no government grants. Its mission is to enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and ensure support for their families. Besides its headquarters in Montreal, Leucan is present in nine regions in Quebec and has more than 7 000 members.
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THE AUBERGE DU CŒUR RAYMOND ROY IS THE PRIZE-WINNER OF THE « SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION’S GRANT»
25 janvier 2009
On the occasion of the benefit concert organized by the Auberges du cœur Foundation, « D’Amour et de Cœur », which took place on December 8 2008 at the Gesu in Montreal, the president of the Simple Plan Foundation, Mr André Prud’Homme, first vice-president CIBC Wood Gundy, has donated an autographed souvenir photo of the band to the Auberge du cœur Raymond Roy, which has won the Simple Plan Foundation’s grant for the sum of $4 000, in order to develop a music program for its young résidents. Another $1 000 grant was presented, at the end of the tour, to one of the three young people that have performed at the shows.
A NEW SAXOPHONE FOR BEAUBOIS COLLEGE
19 janvier 2009
Thanks to a Simple Plan Foundation’s donation, Beaubois College, which is –by the way- the alma mater of four among the five members of the group, was able to buy a brand new barytone saxophone for use of its music students.
The photos below show the new instrument, as well as the one, also new at that time, that Pierre Bouvier was playing in 1993.
SIMPLE PLAN PLAY HOCKEY TO RAISE OVER $100 000
26 décembre 2008
Saturday, December the 20th, the boys were well and truly back on their hometurf and joined forces with the Quebec Remparts hockey team for a benefit event that raised over $100 000 for various charities, including their own « Simple Plan Foundation ». The guys got to meet one of the greatest goaltenders of all time, Patrick Roy, played an acoustic set and Chuck even managed to get 9 stitches to his fingers, thanks to a playful brawl with Pierre that went a little wrong. Check out all of the weekend’s action in this little video below.
HOCKEY FOR CHARITY
15 décembre 2008
Simple Plan and the Quebec Remparts hockey team have teamed up for charity. On saturday December 20th, they will be holding an event at the Colisé Pepsi to raise money for four charities, among them the Simple Plan Foundation. 14,000 people are expected for the event which will unfold in three events: • A skills competition with the 2008-2009 edition of the Quebec Remparts hockey team. • A friendly hockey game with Remparts and NHL old timers including Patrick Roy and Stéphane Fiset as well as members of Simple Plan. • Finally, SP will hit the stage for an acoustic performance in the middle of the rink. Tickets for the event are only 20$, with proceeds going to charity, and are available through Billetech at (418) 691-7211.
SIMPLE PLAN REVEALS WORLDWIDE CHARITY SINGLE
14 octobre 2008
Lava/Atlantic recording group Simple Plan has announced details surrounding their upcoming iTunes Store single, “Save You.” Net proceeds from each download sale will be distributed to cancer charities around the world, through the Montreal-based band’s own Simple Plan Foundation. “Save You” – which is also found on Simple Plan’s self-titled third studio album – will be released worldwide via iTunes, available in the U.S. and Canada on October 14th.
“Save You” was penned in tribute to lead singer Pierre Bouvier’s brother Jay, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer at the age of 28. Thankfully now in remission, Bouvier’s illness inspired the band to include cancer awareness as one of the initiatives of the Simple Plan Foundation. Thus far, the Foundation has donated over $100,000 to various charitable organizations around Canada and has raised over another $200,000 at various benefit events. In addition, Simple Plan has donated portions of their merchandise sales as well as 50 cents from each ticket sold on their recent and forthcoming tours. For full details on the charity organization, please visit www.simpleplanfoundation.org.
“After what happened to someone so close to us, we feel that, as a band, we had to do something to help,” explain Simple Plan in a statement. “We should get involved and use our voice to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
In addition to the “Save You” single, a special companion video is currently in production. The clip will feature appearances from cancer survivors from all walks of life, including such famous faces as Sharon Osbourne, Marissa Winokur (of the original Broadway production of Hairspray), Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn, and Saku Koivu (captain of the NHL’s Montreal Canadians).
The philanthropic effort behind “Save You” is the result of a partnership between Simple Plan, iTunes, Lava/Atlantic, and Warner/Chappell Music, the song’s publisher. The donation period begins on October 14th and continues through January 31st, 2009.
SIMPLE PLAN MAKES A DONATION TO ALEX KOVALEV’S FOUNDATION
10 septembre 2008
Simple Plan has donated a guitar and a photograph of the group, both autographed, to the Kovalev and Friends Foundation for Kids as part of its auction fund raiser held last September 10th 2008. The guitar was certainly one of the main attractions of the auction. It has been sold $7 000 and it’s Alex Kovalev himself that bought it! On the photo, we can see, on the left of Mr Kovalev, from the Montreal Canadians, Mr André Prud’Homme, first vice-president of CIBC Wood Gundy and president of the Board of Directors of the Simple Plan Foundation.
SIMPLE PLAN’S DONATION TO THE MONTREAL CANADIANS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
3 septembre 2008
On the occasion of the Montreal Canadians Children’s Foundation’s annual golf tournament, that took place at the Laval-sur-le-Lac Golf Club, September 3, 2008, Simple Plan gave an autographed guitar, which was signed by all members of the band, for the needs of a silent auction fundraiser. Being sold at 2 500$, it was one of the most successful lots.
AN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO FOR A SUMMER CAMP
1 septembre 2008
Within the context of its fundraising campaign, the summer camp “La Colonie des Grèves de Contrecoeur” organized, at the beginning of September, a summer fiest, including different activities. The Simple Plan Foundation has given an autographed photosigned by all the members of the group for the auction fundraiser. Below, we can see the happy winner.
SIMPLE PLAN’S PARTICIPATION IN THE “NIDANAY” PROJECT
26 août 2008
When at Montreal for their show at the Bell Centre at the end of summer 2008, the members of Simple Plan have participated in the “Nidanay” project by signing several pieces of a giant puzzle that contains 18 240 of them. Each piece is numbered, then sold, and the profits go to different charitable organizations. It shows that even “a small action, joining the others to become whole”, helps to change the world!
BENEFIT BRUNCH WITH AN AUCTION AND AN ACOUSTIC CONCERT
18 août 2008
First fundraising event held by the Simple Plan Foundation within the context of its 2008-2009 fundraising campaign, a benefit brunch took place, August 17th, at 11 am, at Mel’s Cité du cinéma ; it included a double auction, both live and silent, and an acoustic performance by Simple Plan. The event was a real success : over 600 guests, among them the mayors of Montreal and Quebec City, enjoyed the brunch, hosted by TV personality Virginie Coossa,and raised over $125 000 for the Foundation.Download the press release
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SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION'S PRESS CONFERENCE
21 juin 2008
The Simple Plan Foundation and the members of the group have held a press conference June 19, 2008, in the presence of the honorary president of their fundraising campaign, Mr L. Jacques Ménard, and of the representatives of the charitable organizations that received contributions, to announce the details of their campaign.
Charitable organizations that received contributions
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SKATEBOARD COMPETITION ORGANIZED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE SIMPLE PLAN FOUNDATION
19 juin 2008
The Simple Plan Foundation is happy to announce that the fundraising event «911 Skateboard / In Line 2008», organized by volunteers, will take place August 2. The Foundation fully endorses that kind of project and wants to thank the organizers, wishing that their initiative will be imitated by other generous collaborators.
My 15 seconds of Glory
15 avril 2008
During the launch of the group’s third album, the members of Simple Plan have agreed to collaborate with Musique Plus and the Quebec ministry of Health and Social Services in a project entitled “My 15 seconds of Glory”. The goal of this project is to encourage young people to live out their passions and dreams while avoiding the many pitfalls in today’s society.
Participants are asked to complete a 15 second video montage that includes a Simple Plan song extract of their choice. During the clip, participants are asked to express what they are truly passionate about. One winner will be selected every week. The overall winner, selected among six previous winners, will be eligible to attend the next Simple Plan concert in Montreal later on this year. They may also be invited on stage with the members of the band.
All proceeds gathered from this special project will be donated to the Simple Plan Foundation.
Autographed guitar to the Jean Beliveau Foundation
20 février 2008
Last February 20th, 2008, the Simple Plan Foundation offered an authentic autographed guitar to the Jean Beliveau Foundation as part of its silent auction fund raiser (see picture of Montreal Canadiens hockey legend with instrument). The proceeds from the auction went towards helping society’s most vunerable children.
Donation of autographed concert guitar from Simple Plan
22 mars 2007
Donation of autographed concert guitar from Simple Plan band members to benefit the Garde-Manger Pour Tous annual cocktail/silent auction fundraiser. From left to right, Sébastien Lefebvre and Jean-François Stinco, guitarists, as well as David Desrosiers, bass player.
The Garde-Manger Pour Tous is a non-profit organization that helps provide well balanced and healthy meals to school children in south-west Montréal’s poorest neighborhoods. For further information: www.garde-manger.qc.ca
Benefit concert organized by Valérie Thorn
19 février 2007