October 01, 2013
Earlier this morning, in celebration of International Music Day, the Université de Sherbrooke's School of Music received a very special, one of a kind gift from Jeff, his very own guitar!
As a invited dignitary to the university, Jeff came to donate his guitar in person to the faculty and give one final performance with it before passing it on to the next generation of musicians at the school. Étienne Déziel is the lucky classical guitar student at the School of Music who will use Jeff's guitar during his entire undergraduate career. He also gave a performance on the guitar during the event, and the Université de Sherbrooke got this photo of Jeff and Étienne below!
Jeff explains, "Handing over my own guitar, which I used as a student of the Montréal conservatory, is a symbolic gesture, I couldn't imagine passing it on to anyone not in the next generation of musicians...this guitar let me develop my potential and I hope that it will do the same for the student receiving it. The guitar holds a great deal of sentimental value for me. It has a number of outstanding qualities. Its high level of precision charmed me and the guitar has the gift of amplifying what the player asks of it."
Check out LaPress.ca for more news on the event and a video interview with Jeff!
When Simple Plan visited Vietnam with MTV Exit, they performed at My Dinh Stadium for over 40 000 youth. The purpose of the event wasn't just to bring together everyone for a night of music, but to bring everyone together in the journey to end human trafficking and modern slavery, an issue that affects people everywhere in the world. Taking action to help improve the well-being and safety of yourself, others and your community is important. But before you take action, it’s important to know what the issues are, the signs associated with those issues and what steps you can take to initiate positive change.
Tara Dermott, Head of Development at MTVExit, recently wrote a guest column in The Guardian on the importance of both awareness and action, and how Simple Plan helped bring awareness of the realities of human trafficking to local, regional and global youth with their documentary.
Read Tara's article in The Guardian here.
Don't feel blue that the Summer's cooling into the Fall, cheer yourself up with some super new designs straight from the UK Online Store, available now!
Will you go with memories of "Summer Paradise"? Or perhaps rock with a vintage show poster style? Maybe introduce everyone to Simple Plan on a first name basis? So many choices to make!
Once you've made up your mind on a shirt (or three!), get shopping and let everyone be jealous of your new threads.
If you haven't yet heard the news, there's a hot new collab going on, and Pierre's in on it!
Just this week, Faber Drive announced two amazing updates: their new single "Too Little Too Late" is hitting the iTunes store on August 27th in Canada AND Pierre is featured on the track!
Set your alarms and get excited. If you're not in Canada, don't worry, an iTunes release date for the rest of the world is coming soon.
No matter what age you're at, there's always something comforting about reading a picture book. Even Jeff agrees!
On an upcoming episode of Bookaboo, Jeff visits the world famous rockstar pup backstage for a pre-show storytime with the book "My Think-A-Ma-Jink"!
Simple Plan are among 26 bands and artists who have come together on a compilation album to celebrate the life and music of Tony Sly, who passed away on July 31 last year. The compilation, titled "The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute" will be released on October 29th via Fat Wreck Chords and all proceeds of the album sales will go to the Tony Sly Memorial Fund.
Click here for more details on the album release and check out the album art below.
Simple Plan is getting in action to help support the relief efforts in the disastrous and heart-breaking train accident that happened in the city center of Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic, which has affected the population of the whole region. The Simple Plan Foundation has made a donation of $10 000 to the city of Lac-Mégantic to assist the victims and survivors of this event, especially the youth and young adults facing new challenges during these difficult times.
Pierre, Chuck, Jeff, Seb and David would like to thank all their fans for their support and invite them to join in and participate in the efforts to assist Lac-Mégantic.
The band sends their best thoughts and wishes to all those affected and hope everything will return to normal soon.
Make a donation: Ville de Lac-Méganticc, 5527, rue Frontenac, Lac-Mégantic, QC, G6B 1H6
Donate online: Fonds Avenir Lac-Mégantic
Pierre and Sebastien are hopping on the iHeartRadio Stage at the B104 Studios in PA tonight, July 17th - and you can live stream it from home!
At 7 pm ET, click here to watch the mini-set from the comfort of your couch. If you've got a question for the guys, submit it early in the Facebook comments and maybe they'll answer yours!
Not sure when to tune in? This handy timer will help you out!
Hey SP Family!
You may have noticed that in the last couple of weeks, the MTV networks in Latin America and Australia have aired the Simple Plan + MTV Exit special filmed last year when the guys were in Vietnam. For everyone else who wasn't able to watch it on television, you can now stream the documentary online via MTV Exit! You'll be taken through remote villages in Vietnam where SP met some amazing people who are survivors of human trafficking. Unfortunately, human trafficking is a global issue that happens in places that might surprise you, like Australia and New Zealand. Join Simple Plan and MTV Exit in the fight to end these horrific crimes.
Summer is full of surprises, just like this one!
Simple Plan will be heading to Harrisburg, PA in just a couple of weeks for 99.3 KISS FM's Summer Break! This is going to be a special show, Simple Plan acoustic styles with Pierre and Seb!
Snag your tickets now and get ready to rock out on July 18th at the Federal Taphouse. Don't forget to bring your ID, this show is 21+.
Feeling lucky? Listen to KISS FM to win tickets to the show!