Tragically Hip celebration concert raises $10,000 for CTC Kids

May 9, 2024 (CHATHAM, ONTARIO) – It is appropriate that the $10,000 raised recently by Grace, 2 at their Tragically Hip concert, will be donated to the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation to support special therapy programs, like music therapy, for Chatham-Kent children.

The sold-out concert on April 19, which celebrated music by the very popular Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, was the first concert to be held at the Chatham Armouries.

“When we were approached by Four Diamond Events and Grace, 2 about the concert, we were surprised and honoured that they were willing to share their time and talents to support our kids,” says Mike Genge, President of the CTC Foundation. “The concert sold out in about a week. It’s great when exceptional entertainment comes to town for people to enjoy and the kids are helped by it at the same time.”

Grace, 2’s Andy Wehrspann says that the band was happy to help CK’s kids. “To truly pay tribute to The Tragically Hip and honour Gord Downie’s legacy, we believe in using the power of the Hip’s music to raise money and awareness for great causes, such as for kids with special needs,” says Wehrspann.

Mike Genge gives credit to the strong support of local sponsors for raising so much money in one evening. “Local businesses really stepped up to cover a lot of the costs,” says Genge. “Special thanks to Sons of Kent, CKXS, Four Diamond Events, Musical Strings ‘n Things, MNM Event Productions and sound engineer Spencer Hamilton.”

This April concert was the first step in Sons of Kent’s “Road to Hipfest”. Hipfest will be held at the brewery on August 24.

The next event for Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation is the “Run for the Kids”, on June 23, to be held in Rondeau Provincial Park. This family-friendly event is open to participants of all ages and abilities. It will include a paved 200m and 5km route accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and wagons. For more information on the Run, go to

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For further information, please contact:
Mike Genge, President, Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent – 519-437-0242