Recording music to help the kids

Adams, Lavigne, Dion & Others On Peace Compilation
Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Gord Downie, Bruce Cockburn, k-os, Our Lady Peace, Jarvis Church, Chantal Kreviazuk, Bryan Adams, and David Usher are among the artists that will appear on “Peace Songs,” a double-CD that is being rushed out to stores April 15 to benefit War Child Canada.
“We have projects that benefit war-affected children all around the world,” says Dr. Samantha Nutt, executive director of War Child Canada in Toronto. “In terms of this album, there will be a special focus on children in Iraq. We support a children’s hospital in Karbala and have done for the last couple of years.
“As soon as it’s safe and we can get access, we’re going to be launching a psycho-social support program that responds to the trauma that they have lived through, not just recently, but also the last several years, and helping them to cope and rebuild their lives.”
The “Peace Songs” initiative grew out of War Child U.K.’s idea for a single CD, entitled “Hope,” which includes contributions from such international names as Paul McCartney and David Bowie. Those tracks will also be on the Canadian version, a joint venture between War Child Canada, Sony Music Canada and BMG Music Canada.
The charity compilation is comprised of classic or original peace songs. Kreviazuk has cut Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” Lavigne recorded Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” and Church a version of U2’s “One.”