Sign 4 Change

Friends of the Earth believes in the power of song to inspire friends of the earth everywhere to act personally and collectively to insist on a safe and healthy planet.

Like a canary in a coal mine, the song Signs4Change, performed by Five Man Electrical Band and guest artists, warns of climate chaos, endangered species and polluted air, water and land.

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Five Man Electrical Band and Guest Artists


Nowhere are the warning signs clearer than with the devastation of bees, birds and butterflies, crucial players in our web of life.

In our Sign 4 Change campaign, FOE asks you to take personal action to save bees, birds and butterflies. We ask you to join with friends and communities to insist on action to ban bee poisoning neonicotinoid pesticides. Here’s how:

  1. Take the pledge. Do what you can to save bees, birds and butterflies. Once you sign your pledge, you’ll be offered a mp3 download of Signs4Change by Five Man Electrical Band and guest artists.
  2. Create Your Bee Cause Space. Join in other simple steps like creating friendly Bee Cause spaces and ensuring your garden centre is on side with bee-safe plants.
  3. Inspire Action. Gather your friends and community to sing along.  Volunteer with FOE and help spread our petition. Donate to Friends of the Earth – do what you can to participate in the movement.
  4. Sign the Petition. To call on garden centres to take a stand and refuse to sell nursery bedding plants and vegetable plants containin neonicotinoids.
  5. Share your sing along with Friends of the Earth – post a video, photo or message on our  Facebook or Twitter channels or send us an email.


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Make your pledge to do what you can to save the bees, birds and butterflies. Once you sign your pledge, you’ll be offered a mp3 download of Signs4Change.


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About the Artists:

Five Man Electrical Band – Five Man Electrical Band started with great success in Canada at a time when the music industry was in its infancy. The band had fought its way out of the trenches of the night club and university circuit and reached a career pinnacle playing a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip and thousands of devoted fans in the band’s home town. American tours with groups like The Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, Sly and the Family Stone and Rare Earth so sharpened their skills that they were ready to take on the world when “Signs” exploded on American radio, soaring to the top of the U.S. Billboard Charts. “Signs” went to #1 in Australia for nearly 2 months and was huge in other parts of the world including the band’s own country. A string of hits followed: “Absolutely Right”, “Money Back Guarantee”, “Moonshine (friend of mine)”, “Werewolf”, “I’m A Stranger Here” and a slew of others but the hit that truly places the band on hallowed ground in music history is “Signs”. Tesla scored a huge hit with a cover of the song on their album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” in the ‘90’s and more recently Fat Boy Slim had a hit called “Don’t Let The Man Get You Down” based mostly off the now unforgettable line…… “And the sign said long haired freaky people need not apply”. With the ever growing threat of ecological challenges, the band has rewritten the song to reflect the urgency of protecting our environment.

Lawrence Gowan (Styx) – Gowan released his first album in 1982, which featured Kim Mitchell of Max Webster on guitar. His 1985 album Strange Animal was his commercial breakthrough in Canada, produced by British producer David Tickle and featuring a more ‘theatrical’ Gowan, backed by Peter Gabriel’s rhythm section players Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. The album spawned the hit singles “A Criminal Mind”, “(You’re a) Strange Animal”, “Guerilla Soldier” and “Cosmetics”. His 1987 follow up Great Dirty World gave him another hit single with “Moonlight Desires,” featuring Jon Anderson (from Yes) on backing vocals as well as the fan favourite “Dedication”. Gowan was part of an all-star lineup at Toronto’s Massey Hall to celebrate Ronnie Hawkins’ 60th birthday, as documented on the album Let It Rock, sharing the stage with veteran rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and The Band. In 1997, Gowan released two live CDs: Sololive – No Kilt Tonight and Au Québec with a cover of Harmonium’s “Pour un instant” as well as his first composition in French, “Stéphanie”, for his fan base in Quebec. In 1997, Gowan released “Healing Waters” as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales after her death. “Healing Waters” was officially an unreleased song from Gowan, though it was used in its original form, in the 1995 Jeff Wincott movie, When the Bullet Hits the Bone. His song “A Criminal Mind” was covered in 2005 by Canadian hip-hop artist Maestro; Gowan appears in the video and his vocals are sampled on the track. The song was also sampled in a song performed by Akon and Freck Billionaire. In March 2010, Gowan released “Return of the Strange Animal”, a remastered version of 1985’s “Strange Animal”. Presently, Gowan is lead singer for Styx and is currently recording a new solo album in New York State.


Suzie McNeil

Suzie McNeil – In 2005, McNeil was a contestant on the CBS reality show Rock Star: INXS, a televised competition to find a new lead singer for the band INXS. McNeil made it to the final four of the competition and was the last female singer to be eliminated. During the competition, McNeil gained respect from the INXS band members and fans. She was nicknamed “Sweet Suzie McNeil” by host Dave Navarro. INXS were impressed by her talent and her tenacity. Despite her rave reviews, McNeil faced the Bottom Three six times during the competition, prompting her to create a hat which read “Queen of the Bottom Three.” McNeil was eliminated in the Final Four, where there was much speculation that INXS had finally agreed upon a male lead singer. On September 24, 2005, McNeil performed a sold-out show at the Revival Club in Toronto. McNeil is featured on a few tracks on INXS’ album Switch. Examples are “Us” and “God’s Top Ten.” McNeil’s first single, “Believe”, is available to download on iTunes. It has been featured on NBC’s promo for “The Biggest Loser” reality weight-loss show as well as throughout season four of Beauty and the Geek. The single was also used to raise funds for Own the Podium, an organization working to make sure that Canadian athletes win the most Olympic medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. McNeil was one of the judges on the first season of the children’s Canadian reality TV show, The Next Star, on YTV, which premiered on July 18, 2008. On March 28, 2009, McNeil headlined a concert held at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto to celebrate WWF’s Earth Hour.

Downchild Blues Band – The Downchild Blues Band was formed in Toronto in the year 1969 and continues to perform today. It was co-founded by two brothers, Donnie (“Mr. Downchild”) Walsh and Richard (“Hock”) Walsh. The band’s international fame is partially due to three of its songs, the originals “I’ve Got Everything I Need (Almost)” and “Shot Gun Blues”, and its adaptation of “Flip, Flop and Fly”, all from its 1973 album, Straight Up, being featured on the first Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues (1978).[8] “Flip, Flop and Fly” has been Downchild’s only hit single, and became the signature song of Hock Walsh. The band’s musical style is described as being “a spirited, if fundamental, brand of jump-band and Chicago-style blues”. The band name came from the Sonny Boy Williamson II song, “Mr. Downchild”. The initial band membership was Donnie (“Mr. Downchild”) Walsh, who remains the sole constant band member, and according to Donnie Walsh, more than 120 musicians have been associated with Downchild since its 1969 founding. Most of the current lineup has been together since 1990, when Chuck Jackson (vocals) and Michael Fonfara (keyboards) joined Donnie Walsh (guitar and harmonica) and Pat Carey (sax). Recent accolades include a Juno Award nomination for “Blues Album of The Year” in 2005, plus winning the Maple Blues Award as “Entertainers of The Year” in both 2005 and 2006. In addition, the band’s connection to The Blues Brothers has continued. In 2005, when Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi toured as The Blues Brothers, Donnie Walsh joined them onstage at Ontario’s Casino Rama. Donnie Walsh’s song, “I’ve Got Everything I Need (Almost)” was recently selected as one of 125 “essential” Canadian songs, and the only blues song on the list.


Rich Dodson

Rich Dodson (Stampeders) – Rich Dodson is a Juno Award winning singer, song-writer and producer. He is the guitarist and a founding member of Canadian Rock trio, The Stampeders. He is most well-known for penning the groups’ biggest hit, “Sweet City Woman” which hit #1 in Canada, and #8 on Billboard in 1971. He also wrote many other notable hits for the band such as “Wild Eyes” (1972), “Devil You” (1971), “Johnny Lightning” (1974) and “Carry Me” (1971). Dodson left the Stampeders in 1978 to pursue his interests in music production and built his own 24-track recording studio called Marigold Studios, where he produced his own solo material as well as produced and engineered “Fate Stay with Me” (1987) for Alanis Morissette. In that same year, he began his nationally-distributed independent record label called Marigold Productions. Dodson went on to have a successful solo career with three top-ten hits in Canada including “Lookin’ Back” (1981), “She’s Comin’ Back/Your Own Kind of Music” (1985), and “Cruel Emotion” (1986). In 1994, Dodson released his solo songs on an album called “Secret Hits” on Aquarius Records. In 1992, Dodson re-united with his Stampeders band mates. The band continues to this day to tour Canada doing fairs, festivals, casinos and theatres. In 1994, Dodson was inducted into the SOCAN Hall of Fame for composing “Sweet City Woman” and “Carry Me”.

Peter Fredette – Originally a member of Butler in the early 1980’s, Fredette has been a fixture in the Kim Mitchell band since the break-up of Max Webster, and has performed on every KM album from the debut solo EP in 1982 to the Greatest Hits package in 1995. Instrumentally, Fredette has played rhythm guitar and keyboards for the first few years, then switching over permanently to bass for the Shakin’ Like a Human Being tour in 1988. His other credits include live performances with Pat Travers, Larkspur, Charlie Major, Colin James and Gowan. Fredette has also recorded with Coney Hatch, Platinum Blonde, and Andy Curran, as well as playing bass on Ian Thomas’s 1984 album “Riders on Dark Horses”. Fredette’s show-stopping vocal turn in the chorus of “All We Are” continues to be a highlight of Kim Mitchell shows. He also participated in the Max Webster reunion tour of 1996, filling in on bass for Mike Tilka and Dave Myles, and contributing harmonies on an acoustic rendition of “On the Road”.


Rebecca Noelle

Rebecca Noelle – kicked off 2013 with the release of her new debut solo jazz collection “Rebecca Noelle: A Night at Maggies” – a musical tribute to the place where it all began for Rebecca. She is working on new material, writing originals, hoping to carry on the tradition of creating music with her grandfather John Noubarian. Early in her career Rebecca toured with Juno-nominated blues/rocker David Gogo, touring throughout Canada and the U.S. – opening for acts such as ZZ Top, B.B King, Bonnie Raitt and touring with legendary master Johnny Winter. Rebecca performs regularly around Onation & Quebec with David Gogo, The PepTides, Delbert Nelson, The Cooper Brothers and of course solo.


George Olliver – George Olliver is a Canadian musical institution. He has been described as a dynamic performer, great soulful voice and probably the best showman in Canada! What is often overlooked is that he is a prolific writer, producer, and successful recording artist. Olliver’s career shot to stardom as the lead singer of the now legendary R&B band Mandala, with TOP TEN hits “Opportunity” and “Give and Take”. Nicknamed “The Blue-Eyed Prince of Soul” he has remained one of the most popular performers on the Canadian music scene. Having performed on tours with such bands as The Who, Rolling Stones and The Cream, George learned the importance of live performance. In the eighties George co-owned and performed at The Bluenote in Toronto from 1982-92. As well George was able to book and perform with some of his idols such as Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Sam and Dave and Martha Reeves. “Whitney Houston broke her first album at the Bluenote in 1985 when no one had heard of her yet!” says Olliver. “I’ve got hours of live recordings to be released from the Bluenote that is timeless.



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