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  One after another, Canadian greats arrive, strolling
the purple carpet to acknowledge the importance of the evening. Prime Ministers and Lieutenant Governors walk alongside music icons, hockey legends and the business elite.
Music aficionados know about the relationship of Foster and Peter Cetera. The two have collaborated on some
of the greatest pop hits ever “You’re the Inspiration”, “Glory of Love”, and “Hard Habit to Break”. Accompanied by David’s all-star rhythm section, the duo performs a string of classics sounding as fresh as the day they topped the charts.
Taking the stage next was another of David’s long time collaborators, pop superstar Michael Bolton. Performing hits from their album “Timeless: The Classics”, Bolton showed why that record topped the Billboard charts and went on to sell over nine million copies.
Foster concerts are full of the unexpected, and
what happened next will long be remembered by the 3,500 in attendance. Walking the floor between sets, David discovers one of the all time greats sitting quietly amongst the crowd. Gordon Lightfoot is in
the house. With the insistence of Foster and the audience, Mr. Lightfoot humbly graced the stage with a beautiful and impromptu performance of
“If You Could Read My Mind”.
If the songbook of the sixties was The Beatles, a
major songbook of the seventies can be attributed to Stevie Wonder. A revolutionary artist on Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, Stevie came along at a time when the sound was shifting from fun loving R&B to the riskier commentary of social injustice.
A melodic and lyrical genius, Wonder composed a gorgeous and complex catalog of music to inspire a generation. Unsurpassed love songs like “My Cheri Amour”, “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Overjoyed” complemented the grittier side of life portrayed by “Living for the City” and “Superstition”. Listening to him perform on this night proved the sharp perception and relevance of his messages
David Foster continues to make a bold statement with his music. Alongside new genres and ideas...his brand of classic pop endures...inspiring a perfect harmony of joy and hope, a fitting underscore for the evening’s cause.
In an equally bold statement, the group’s offerings have generously eclipsed the six million dollar goal, ensuring the support of hundreds of families facing the life changing realities of children in need of organ transplants.
EVI passionately supports its friend and mentor David Foster and the work of the David Foster Foundation.

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