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"BlackWater" will appear on David Suzuki Foundation album

VANCOUVER — Following their recent trip to the Gulf of Mexico to witness the devastation caused by the BP oil catastrophe, Canadian musicians k-os and Sebastien Grainger are releasing a song called "BlackWater", which k-os has contributed to David Suzuki's Playlist for the Planet. The musicians also shot video footage during their tour of the Gulf disaster to accompany the song.

"Making music with purpose and function feels to me like it should be easier than touching your nose when washing your face," k-os said. "It was with this effortless but passionate tang that Sebastien Grainger sent me a sketch of the song called 'BlackWater'. I added my vocals and the next thing we knew, we were on a beach in Mobile, Alabama, checking the situation out 'for real'. This was more than just a studio solution. This was ACTION."

K-os is one of many top Canadian musicians who have offered music for Playlist for the Planet, which is part of the David Suzuki Foundation's 20th anniversary celebration this fall. The Playlist album, scheduled for release by Universal Music later this year, will include environmentally themed songs by at least two up-and-coming contest winners, as well as by well-known stars such as DOA, Broken Social Scene, Johnny Reid, LIGHTS, Jessie Farrell, Great Big Sea, Joel Plaskett, Randy and Denise Bachman, Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Tom Jackson, Rush, The Trews, Tanya Tagaq, Todd Butler, and Raffi.

Independent musicians have until August 15 to upload songs for Playlist for the Planet on the CBC Radio 3 website. Fans can then vote for their favourite songs beginning on August 18. Five finalists will be chosen from each province and from the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Listeners will then be able to vote for final winners after September 1. Independent musicians who submit songs will also be eligible for prizes including a cool Gibson Melody Maker guitar from Long & McQuade.

"I'm excited to hear the great songs Canadians come up with," David Suzuki said. "It would be great if we could find an anthem for the environment that had as much power as songs like 'Give Peace a Chance' and 'We Shall Overcome'."

All money raised from the sale of Playlist for the Planet will support the David Suzuki Foundation's science-based environmental work. K-os will donate proceeds from the "BlackWater" single to the Mobile Baykeeper environmental group in Alabama for its efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

For information and contest rules, please visit www.davidsuzuki.org/playlist.
To upload and to vote for songs, please visit CBC Radio 3.

For more information, contact:
Sutton Eaves, Communications Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation, 604-732-4228, ext. 1282

August 11, 2010

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