For the People: Benefit Concert for the Children of Randy Ponzio

February 17 @ The Commodore Ballroom / 8 pm-1:30 am

Tickets are $40 (advance) available at Ticketmaster locations and online at Live Nation

Tickest are now available at Redcat and Highlife (cheaper fees, so don’t wait).

Join Kyprios, Chin Injeti and some of Vancouver’s talented local musicians in a fun night of spectacular music while we raise money for Randy’s kids.

Photo Credit: Chris Guy

Get Randy’s album here:

Full line-up: Kyprios, Chin Injeti, David Morin, Tonye Aganaba, Foundation, Beauty vs Facts, Valerie Ponzio, Jess Vaira, Alex Maher, Dan Ross, Mario Vaira, Airtights, Un-1, Aspire, Jessi Nicholson, Heads Hang Heavy, Atma, Little T, Kelsey Klassen, Ed Lam, Chantel Upshaw, Asha Moyo


Randy Ponzio was one of Vancouver’s most promising up and coming musicians. In November of 2011, Randy was reported missing in Vancouver’s downtown eastside 24 hours after leaving an upscale restaurant in China Town. Immediately his friends and fans jumped into action, initiating tens of thousands of people in a social media campaign as well as hundreds pounding the streets with posters. Randy was a well-respected member of Vancouver’s independent music scene and press on Randy’s disappearance was soon across the nation. Three short days later, however, the hopes of thousands turned to sorrow when the news spread of Randy’s passing.

The outpouring of condolence and support reverberated from around the world in the wake of this tragedy for Randy left behind a legacy of humanitarianism, love and support to all those people who knew him. Prior to moving to Vancouver, he opened a birthing clinic in the Phillipines, worked with children in Mexico and most recently with humanitarian efforts in Kenya. Locally, his small acts of kindness didn’t go unnoticed — doing benefit shows for Bavubuka Foundation, the Japan Tsunami effort, raising money for Downtown Eastside causes or just making sandwiches for those in need. He supported his musical friends in their projects, producing, writing and collaborating with many local musicians.

In the midst of all this, he was recording his new album, receiving top honours at Shore FM’s 2011 Song Search, performing several shows a month, even busking on the streets of Vancouver. Last summer, with his star on the rise, he opened for Ziggy Marley at the Vogue Theatre and Ky-Mani Marley at the Commodore Ballroom.

Randy may have been a man of many pursuits, but he always put his family first. All of his friends knew that the purpose for his success was to provide for his children, Shae, Jalen and Kairah. He always put his kids first – they were the light and the love in his life. He was a good father, a good friend and a good man and this benefit concert is dedicated to raising as much money as we can for the family he left behind.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

Shore FM, Nimbus Recording School, Chronic Taco, Kingston Pub, Wave Productions, MacinHome, Rosedale on Robson, Print Print, Barbarella, Rethink, Timebomb Trading, Rosie’s on Robson, RDM Photography, Digital Media Alliance, Turtle Recording, Smell This!, EchoCloud, We3, BoldLove Communications, Twigg & Hottie, El Kartel , Soundhouse Rehearsal Studio, Milano Boutique Coffee Roasters, One Yoga for the People, Kevin Tools , Vers’s Burger Shack, Calabash, Aveda, Tawni Krystal Body Painting, Beat Street, Tenzo Collaboration, Crossfit Kitsilano, Pillars of Health, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Komasket Music Festival, Mount Seymour, Surya Devi, Kim Prints, Promised land Studio, Long & McQuade.