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Men in Suits band members, left to right, Don Tapscott, Trish Fonberg, Vince Mazza, Gerry Throop, Duke McKenzie, Jim Hardy and Stewart Borden are photographed outside Toronto’s El Mocambo. (KEVIN VAN PAASSEN FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Men in Suits band members, left to right, Don Tapscott, Trish Fonberg, Vince Mazza, Gerry Throop, Duke McKenzie, Jim Hardy and Stewart Borden are photographed outside Toronto’s El Mocambo. (KEVIN VAN PAASSEN FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

GIVING BACK

Bay Street rockers are takin’ care of business – and charities, too Add to ...

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.

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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.

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