2008 Mar 2: Concert in memory of John O’Keefe

Concert in memory of John O’Keefe
Sunday, 2008 March 2
Doors open 7 pm, showtime 8 pm
The Mod Club, 722 College Street

PWYC, all proceeds to the aid and education of Iain O’Keefe-Kaufman, John O’Keefe’s son


Elliot Brood
Stephen Stanley (Lowest of the Low) and Carla MacNeil:
Andy  Maize and Josh Finlayson of The Skydiggers
The State of  Things:


from Canada’s Premiere Irish Punk Band The  Mahones!
Finny McConnell, Ayron Morltey, Dominic Whelan, and Arlyn Bradley  will perform a few songs.

Bands and musicians from across Toronto will come together on March 2 for Concert for the O’Keefes, playing in memory of John O’Keefe and to aid the education of his son, Iain O’Keefe-Kaufman.

John O’Keefe was shot on Yonge Street on Jan. 12, the innocent victim of a stray bullet that ended his life and left his nine-year-old son Iain without a father. Those of us who knew and loved John are putting on this benefit to celebrate his past and prepare for his son’s future.

“John was a peaceful fun-loving man who loved life, his city, and music,” says longtime friend and concert co-organizer Andy Copland. “He was like an older brother to me. Every year around my birthday he’d come over and take me to see bands. He didn’t even care which bands, but they were always Canadian.”

Among the acts who have so far generously donated their time and talent are folk rockers Elliot Brood, playing just a few days ahead of their appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas and alt/crunk/zouk sensations The State of Things; Stephen Stanley of Lowest of the Low, together with Carla MacNeil, playing songs from their forthcoming album, and both Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson of the Juno-winning The Skydiggers.

All proceeds to go to the Iain O’Keefe-Kaufman Education Fund. (Scotia Bank a/c # 03012 00276 18). Information also available on Facebook, see “Concert for the O’Keefes.” Thanks to The Mod Club for donating the room, to all the acts for their time and talent.

For more information, please contact:

Sean Davidson, publicist, (416) 835-8555 berserk@symaptico.ca
Andy Copland, co-organizer, (416) 550-4222

3 responses to “Concert in memory of John O’Keefe”

  1. Bernice Manuel writes:

    We were dismayed to hear of this senseless death of a young man in his prime, and leaving a son without a father.
    Was John O’Keefe the grandson of John O’Keefe from Kirkland Lake Ontario?
    I remember his wife’s name was Gwen. John Sr. had a brother Michael and a sister Millie who was my best friend in grade school.
    May John Jr. rest in peace and may his killer be brought to justice.
    Bernice and Reg

  2. Jennifer Allen writes:

    Yes it is the same John O’Keefe. They live in Barrie now. Thank you for your words.


  3. Dylan Nolivos writes:

    I am very sorry for the loss of John O’Keefe. Edward Paredes is my 1st cousin. He is a good man, that made a stupid mistake. Not all criminals are bad people. Everyone deserves a second chance.

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