Nearby Napanee-raised Avril Lavigne has released a new, re-recorded version of the single “Warrior” from her sixth studio album Head Above Water, re-titled “We Are Warriors”, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a partnership between the Avril Lavigne Foundation and Project Hope, net proceeds from sales and streams of the track and its (below) accompanying video – available here – will be donated to Project Hope’s relief efforts benefiting workers on the front lines, including providing personal protective equipment (PPE).
“I felt the need to do something to honour all of the frontline workers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. From the doctors, nurses, police, fire fighters, grocery workers, delivery services, all essential workers and the brave volunteers,” said Lavigne. “I am humbled with gratitude and want to dedicate my new song ‘We Are Warriors’ to everyone putting their lives at risk to keep us safe.”
“You guys are the ones that are holding the world up right now and we’re all counting on you and relying on you. You are Warriors!” added the singer-songwriter. “We all need each other more then ever right now. Now is the time to fight and to stick together. Be kind, be safe, be a Warrior and support our mission at CharityStars.com/Warrior.”
Napanee’s Avril Lavigne will be performing on tonight’s Stronger Together COVID-19 broadcast benefit (on Sunday, April 26) to provide support to Food Banks Canada. Also appearing is Kingston-born Bryan Adams, Astronaut and RMC alumni Chris Hadfield, and Shania Twain, who once gave a 14-year-old Avril Lavigne the chance to sing on stage in Ottawa – as recounted by Lavigne when she played the same venue in 2008, and by Twain in this Much Music interview with host, and now Kingston news personality, Bill Welychka.
Other stars on Stronger Together tonight include Justin Bieber, Anne Murray, Michael Bublé, Alessia Cara, Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Arkells, and Buffy Sainte-Marie as well as Mike Myers, Ryan Reynolds, Margaret Atwood, Geddy Lee, and “Schitt’s Creek” stars Daniel and Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.
The broadcast begins at 6:30pm EDT on most major Canadian news networks – including Global Kingston (CKWS) – and streaming online at CBC.ca, CBC Gem, CTV.ca, the CTV app, iHeartRadio.ca, and other platforms.
Cover art image (cropped): provided