Collingwood-based concert promotions company Countrycore Concerts have announced the launch of their newly planned annual Remembrance Day event, Sound Of Remembrance, happening on November 11 at Meaford Hall.
Headlined by Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee Jason McCoy performing a special acoustic set of songs, and featuring fast-rising Country artist The Singing Soldier Graham Trude, the event is dedicated to “those who have served and sacrificed” and will additionally feature spoken memories and insights from several of Canada’s war veterans.
This very special fundraising concert aims to gather veterans, their families, and supporters for an evening dedicated to music, memory, and camaraderie. Sound Of Remembrance will create an atmosphere of unity and reverence while paying tribute to the brave men and women who have served within our Canadian Forces.
As a 35-year veteran of the entertainment industry, two-time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and 2023 CCMA Hall of Fame inductee, Jason McCoy appears to be the king of reinvention. Growing up in the small town of Minesing, Ontario, Jason admired the well-rounded artistry of classic entertainers, from Roger Miller and Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell.
Additionally, Jason is a founding member of the Canadian All-Star Country band The Road Hammers, who have become the top-selling country band in Canada. The band won a Juno for Country Album of the Year for The Road Hammers, which went platinum. The band has also won the CCMA Group or Duo Award three times. The Road Hammers have had five top-ten radio hits in Canada. They have nearly eight million YouTube views, including 2.3 million for the single, I’m a Road Hammer.
“Music has taken me all around the world, and it’s just reinforced how lucky we are to be Canadian,” said McCoy. “It also reminds me everyday how big a debt we owe to all those who have and continue to serve.”
Graham Trude is a Canadian Country musician, performer, and songwriter dubbed The Singing Soldier by Canadian country music legend Bruce Good (of The Good Brothers), and is a unique songwriter and performer who brings an unforgettable presence to the stage. With a strong military and law enforcement background, Graham is able to write from a place of empathy and understanding when it comes to stories about love, loss, and the connection of emotion.
Graham served as a front line armoured corps tank driver in the Afghanistan rotation 3- 09 with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (RC) B Platoon. Upon his return home to Canada, he was determined to continue his work on the front lines – this time as a police officer in the remote fly-in indigenous communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Poplar Hill, Ontario. As a result of a military injury and a law enforcement incident, Graham was diagnosed with complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2019. At the lowest point in his life, he turned to writing music to find solace and eventually found the strength to take his future into his own hands and turn his life around. Graham departed from law enforcement in 2020 to pursue his love and career in songwriting and performing.
“I am honoured to take the stage with one of my childhood music heroes surrounded by an event that is so important to me and my comrades,” said Graham. “For me and most of my friends, Remembrance Day does not end on November 11.”
Tickets go on sale Monday September, 25, at 12 noon at: www.SoundOfRemembrance.com
Proceeds from the event will go to the Military Family Resource Centre. https://cfmws.ca/meaford/military-family-resource-centre-meaford
Jason McCoy Online: www.jasonmccoy.com
Graham Trude Online: www.grahamtrude.com
Meaford Hall Online: