After a six-year remission from lung cancer, Billy Bryans is now in palliative care. Over his illustrious 40-year run in Toronto's music scene, Bryans has had a major impact. Many know him best as one of the founders of the Parachute Club, but he's also had a long career as a producer for people like Downchild Blues Band, not to mention his tireless work as a promoter of African, Cuban and Brazilian music in Toronto.
His friends in the musical community come together in a benefit concert tonight (Thursday, April 19) at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West). On the bill are Laura Fernandez, Alex Cuba, Baque de Bamba, Samba Squad, Jane Bunnett, Hilario Durán and many more. Doors open at 7 pm, and tickets are $30.