Tribute song to Vancouverís missing women raises money for drug treatment

Canadian Press

Friday, April 19, 2002

Some of Canada's top musical talent are recording a tribute song for 54 women missing from Vancouver's downtown eastside.

Members of the punk band GOB, John Wozniak of the group Marcy's Playground and dozens of others were recording the chorus for the song Thursday evening.

The proceeds from sales of A Buried Heart will help fund a treatment facility for female drug addicts in the neighbourhood where the women have disappeared over the past two decades, said Wyckham Porteous, who co-wrote the song with his friend Gary Durban.

Wyckham Porteous on guitar and producer Gary Durban,
with Elaine Allan, who heads a home the CD would help
help fund.
(Mark Van Manen, Vancouver Sun)

The 60-singer strong choir includes promising talent such as the roots group the Be Good Tanyas, as well as some of the country's most recognizable names, including members of the Grapes of Wrath and Spirit of the West. Blues singer Colin James and others will record the final song tracks in the coming weeks.

All the proceeds from the CD will go to the Via Nova Transition Society, a non-profit group planning to build a drug treatment centre for sex trade workers.

The women who have disappeared were drug addicts and prostitutes from the poor Vancouver neighbourhood.

Robert Pickton, 52, has been charged with the first-degree murders of six of the women since police began searching his Port Coquitlam farm in February.

"Once the police and task force did kick into gear ... it became clear that something ugly did happen," Porteous said.

The song will be released as a single by late May or June.

Proponents of the new detox centre were not available for comment Thursday.

The plan has been to have a facility where four women at a time could spend a month.

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