‘Long Way To Go’ – by Derek Christie (John Bottomley Tribute)
Our friend John Bottomley (1960-2011) was a Canadian songwriting treasure, dearly loved and missed by many. Back in the 1980’s, John’s band Tulpa, which included his brother Chris Bottomley, was part of the storied Queen Street West music scene that spawned legendary bands like L’Etranger, Rheostatics, Vital Sines, Fifth Column, etc. John went on to have a successful solo career that spanned over 20 years, ten albums, performances across Canada and the US and a 1992 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist.
As a tribute to John’s memory, Toronto singer-songwriter Derek Christie has recorded one of John’s better known songs ‘Long Way To Go’, with brother Chris as very special guest on bass. The song video, being released on September 17th to mark what would have been John’s 62nd birthday, is not only a memorial tribute to John, but also a way to raise awareness of and funds for CASP (Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention).
On May 8, 2019, a unanimous vote in Parliament passed Member Motion M-174 sponsored by NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay, Charlie Angus, which called for a National Suicide Prevention Action Plan.
In Crisis? Call Talk Suicide Canada 1-833-456-4566 Quebec 1-866-277-3553
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 If you’re in imminent danger call 911 or go to Emergency
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CASP: https://suicideprevention.ca/
Video produced by brilliantfish, archival material provided by Chris Bottomley
Song produced by brilliantfish w/DC @Session House, from the album ‘DC’
Written by John Bottomley (Music Publisher: Universal Music Publishing – BMG; Blackcurrent Music)
DC: vocals, electric guitars / Chris Bottomley: bass
brilliantfish: drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
Laurelle Augustyn: backing vocals / Michelle White: backing vocals
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