The donors: Men in Suits
The gift: Raising more than $1-million and climbing
The cause: Various charities
Don Tapscott is well known to many Canadians for his insights on business and technology, and as the author of 15 books. But he’s also a passionate musician who cobbled together a band 15 years ago made up of himself and six executives from the finance and investment world: Gerry Throop, Jim Hardy, Stewart Borden, Vince Mazza, Trish Fonberg and Duke McKenzie.
The band, called Men in Suits, started out playing one gig a year “whether the public wanted it or not,” Mr. Tapscott said. “Then we kind of got good.”
Now the group, which does covers of classic hits, plays about six events a year, all to raise money for a variety of charities, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Classroom Connections and several Toronto area schools. So far, the band has raised more than $1-million.
Mr. Tapscott is taking the band a step further. He has written a song called Morning Light in collaboration with award-winning songwriter John Welsman for the group, and he hopes to record it with a star such as Drake. Writing songs “is the next step for Men in Suits,” he said. More importantly, he added, it’s a way to raise even more money for charity.