Music 4 Cancer started as a result of the diagnosis of a loved one and hasn’t slowed down since. When founder, Jay Epinat’s mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer he decided to do something. That something was collecting money for cancer research, a cause which the punk rock community has jumped behind. With support for the foundation coming from around the globe it has gone from strength-to-strength since it’s inception collecting donations through the release of an amazing compilation album, shows, the soon to be release Music 4 Cancer DVD and in the works is a Music 4 Cancer Festival in the Montreal area. All the funds raised by the Music 4 Cancer project are donated straight to the Canadian Cancer Society to further their research for a cure.
Through Jay’s love of punk the community has thrown their support to the project donating tracks, including unreleased material, their time at Music 4 Cancer shows amongst other things. Tony Sly is the American Ambassador of the project while Matt Collyer from The Planet Smashers takes care of Ambassador duties on the foundations home ground, Canada. In addition to this bands including Nofx, Strung Out and Millencolin to name a few who endorse the foundation. DS spoke to Jay Epinat who founded the organisation and continues to run it with the help of many who volunteer their time and talent to help build awareness of the Music 4 Cancer project. We discuss how Music 4 Cancer came about, the work that’s been done and the foundations plans for the future along with how punk rock can inspire people to do better things. The foundation is always looking for help and if you want to get involved check out the details of how to get in touch with Jay in the interview. Read the full interview here.