BENEFITS

 Benefit Concerts
Here is a list of benefit concerts Lightfoot has donated his time and talent to over the years.  As with many lists here, it remains a "work in progress" and will continue to be updated.

Lightfoot has, true to form, always been very modest about the donation of his time to a multitude of causes.  Where some public persons have a tendancy to "milk" their appearances at benefits for all of the publicity they can generate, Lightfoot continues to do his work in a very low profile way.

Although it was not a benefit concert, Lightfoot donated $10,000 to help build an arena in Superior, Wisconsin several years ago.  And there's no telling how many other donations are made by him that never get reported.


*1970*
YMCA Breezy Point Camp - Opera House - Orillia, ON
Lightfoot raised $3000 to construct a boys camp near Orillia.
*1970*
Earth Day - Crisler Arena - Ann Arbor, MI
Lightfoot performed at the first Earth Day celebrations before 12,000 people in Ann Arbor.
He performed the very appropriate "Doomsday Song" for the occasion. The cast of Hair was also on the bill.

*1972*
Orillia Arena Fund - Opera House - Orillia, ON
Lightfoot raised $9200 to help construct a new arena in Orillia.  I saw the old arena
when I was in Orillia - and man, they really needed that new one!
*1976*
Canadian Olympic Athletes Benefit - Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON
This concert was broadcast on CBC television and included guests Sylvia Tyson;
Liona Boyd and Murray McLauchlan.
Olympic Benefit - Olympic Village - Montreal, PQ
Unknown Cause - Hynes Auditorium - Boston, MA
*1977*
Harry Chapin World Hunger Project - Detroit Olympia - Detroit, MI
Appeared with James Taylor; Harry Chapin and John Denver.  Each of them
were accompanied only by Terry Clements.
Cerebral Palsy Association - Avery Fisher Hall - New York, NY
This concert was later broadcast on WNEW radio in New York.
*1978*
Greenpeace Foundation - Opera House - San Francisco, CA (4 shows)
*1979*
Local Ballet and Symphony - Nassau Coliseum - Long Island, NY
Lightfoot shares the bill with Dave Mason and Harry Chapin.
*1980*
Canadian Olympic Athletes Benefit - CNE Grandstand - Toronto, ON
This show was broadcast on CTV television and included guests the Good Brothers;
Harry Chapin and Liona Boyd.

*1981*
Alan Thicke Juvenile Diabetes Bemefit - Los Angeles, CA

*1983*
Orpheum Restoration - Orpheum Theatre - Davenport, IA
*1987*
Rendezvous For Peace - Quebec City, PQ
Windsor Symphony Benefit - University Field House - Windsor, ON
Folk Fest WNEW Benefit - Folkworks - New York, NY
*1988*
Stein Valley Festival Benefit - Lytton, BC
This was the first of four Stein Valley benefits Lightfoot was to headline.  The aim was to
halt the logging of a several hundred square mile sensitive watershed in British Columbia.
It appears to have worked!
World Wildlife Fund Benefit - Toronto, ON
World Wildlife Fund Benefit - Ottawa, ON
*1989*
Temagami Wilderness Benefit - Convocation Hall - Toronto, ON
Old Man River Benefit - High River, AB
Stein Valley Festival Benefit - Whistler, BC
Environment Summit - Ontario Science Centre - Toronto, ON
Opera House Benefit - Opera House - Orillia, ON (2 shows)
*1990*
Earth Day Benefit - Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Gordie Tapp Anniversary - Centre In The Square - Kitchener, ON
Gordie Tapp is a long time Canadian entertainer who goes back to Lightfoot's
days on Country Hoedown.
Stein Valley Festival Benefit - Tsawwassen Indian Reserve, BC
*1991*
Stein Valley Festival Benefit - Chilliwack, BC
*1993*
United Way Children's Charities - Skydome - Toronto, ON
Lightfoot shared the bill with Simon & Garfunkel on this occasion.
Soldiers Memorial Hospital/Opera House Fund - Orillia, ON (3 shows)
*1994*
Massey Hall Centennial - Massey Hall - Toronto, ON
*1996*
David Suzuki Foundation - House Of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
Lightfoot performed Don Quixote and If You Could Read My Mind at the benefit which
aired on CBC under the title 'Global Dreams' and included as performers
David Foster, Celine Dion and the Blues Brothers.
*1997*
Huronia Symphony Orchestra - Gordon Lightfoot Auditorium - Orillia, ON
That's right, on October 18 in Lightfoot's hometown of Orillia, ON the
101 year old Opera House was renamed after Orillia's favorite musical son.
He performed a benefit for the local symphony that same night.
*1998*
Great Lakes Mariners Memorial Campaign - Vegas Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Lightfoot donated proceeds from his concert that night to the Great Lakes Mariners Memorial Campaign.


*2000*
Farm Family Tribute - Air Canada Center - Toronto, ON
On January 16, Lightfoot joins Ronnie Hawkins (who organized the show); Randy
Bachman; Burton Cummings and many other Canadian performers in a 5 hour concert to
assist farm families in crisis. Hawkins praised Lightfoot as the only "big name"
Canadian to appear and went on to mention Celine Dion, Shania Twain and others who
were conspicuous by their absence. Lightfoot brought the house down with If You Could
Read My Mind and a spellbinding Canadian Railroad Trilogy to climax the event.

*2001*
Renascent Alcohol Rehab Charity - Royal York Hotel - Toronto, ON
Lightfoot stopped by to do a surprise nine song set in November to help out during the
gala evening.

*2002*
Soldier's Memorial Hospital Foundation & Sunshine Festival Theatre Company - Opera House - Orillia, ON
In what has been his final concert appearance to date, in September Lightfoot
performed the first of two concerts to raise money for the above mentioned charities.
When he was unable to do the second night's show due to the onset of his illness,
the decision was made for the two charities to split the proceeds of the one concert.


*2004*
Peterborough, Ontario Flood Relief - Peterborough Memorial Centre - Peterborough, ON
In what has become Lightfoot's first announced performance date since going down with his well
documented illness almost 2 years ago, he performs a 3 song set for the flood relief concert
in Peterborough, Ontario.


McMaster University Medical Center (Health Sciences) - Hamilton Place - Hamilton, ON
Lightfoot's first scheduled concerts in over two years since recovering from a near fatal
abdominal illness, is appropriatley enough, a two night benefit concert series for the hospital that
saved his life in Hamilton, ON.

*2004*
African Relief (Live 8) - Park Place - Barrie, ON
This is the Canadian Live 8 concert, featuring many of the top music acts in the country,
as part of a one day worldwide series of benefits organized by Bob Geldof to raise government and public
awareness to the plight of third world countries.


Soldier's Memorial Hospital Foundation - Opera House - Orillia, ON
Lightfoot returns 39 months later to complete the second half of his two concert benefit. See 2002 above.


*2006*
Sick Kids Foundation - Savoy Bistro And Lounge - Toronto, ON
Lightfoot performs in an intimate setting for this very special cause.

*2009*
Soldier's Memorial Hospital Foundation - Opera House - Orillia, ON
Orillia Opera House - Opera House - Orillia, ON
Lightfoot performs two concerts with proceeds split between the two causes. He also autographs a
Martin D18 guitar donated by a local music store to be auctioned off on Ebay with proceeds going to
the Soldier's Memorial Hospital.
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*2012*
Soldier's Memorial Hospital Foundation - Opera House - Orillia, ON
Orillia Opera House - Opera House - Orillia, ON
Lightfoot performs two concerts on November 11 with proceeds going to
the Soldier's Memorial Hospital.


Lightfoot performs at benefit for Renascent Foundation - Glenn Gould Studio - Toronto, ON