Ziggy Sigmund memorial gives Vancouver the chance to remember a legend while supporting a good cause

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      The Vancouver music community will gather to celebrate the life of Ziggy Sigmund on August 20 at the WISE Hall in East Vancouver.

      The night, which is being billed the Ziggy Sigmund Memorial & Fundraiser, will feature performances by Sunday Morning, Trailerhawk, SLIP-ons, and Crummy. The celebration will also include both in-person and video tributes from the countless musicians Sigmund played with, mentored, and befriended during his five decades as a much-loved and respected legend on the Vancouver —and North American—music scene.

      All proceeds from the night will go to Music Heals, a Vancouver-based national charity launched with the goal of funding music therapists—accredited professionals who work everywhere from hospitals to rehab facilities to seniors’ homes. Founded in 2012, Music Heals has given away over three million dollars, which has been used to make music therapy available to those in need.

      Sigmund passed away suddenly in March of this year. Over the years he was known for his work with proto-grunge legends Slow, blues-rawk powerhouse the Scramblers, and later with industrial rockers Econoline Crush.

      While those were the bands that made him famous in Vancouver, the guitarist also played with acts ranging from Art Bergmann and Circle C to Tankhog and Rockhead.

      Sigmund’s former wife Jenn Muncaster told the Straight that the choice of Music Heals as the beneficiary of the benefit was a carefully thought out one.

      “Music Heals was chosen because Ziggy had often expressed to me that music therapy should be an integral part, and was so beneficial, in all aspects of healing—whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or any combination of illnesses and pain,” she said. “In fact, he had spoken of it to me less than a month before his passing. That is exactly what Music Heals is all about—increasing access to and supporting a wide range of music therapy programs for BC communities and Canadians in need. I am so pleased that his friends can gather to celebrate his life and legacy and give to a good cause that he really cared about—in his honour.”

      In a Facebook post, Sunday Morning’s Bruce Wilson remembered Zigmund as a musician’s musician.

      “Ziggy was one of the first people I met when I moved to Vancouver at the age of 15,” Wilson wrote. “I’d go over to his house after school and listen to The Stranglers, Killing Joke, The Cramps in the basement of his house. He was incredibly intelligent and undeniably unique. We played together in bands over the years and his intuitive sense of music was a powerful and beautiful thing to experience. Ziggy’s passing has left a space in the world that is impossible to fill and I miss him. I was touched when I was asked to play at this memorial/benefit and it’s an honor to share the stage with these talented musicians to pay tribute and remember the special spirit that Ziggy was.”

      The Ziggy Sigmund Memorial and Fundraiser takes place at the WISE Hall on August 20 with doors opening at 7 p.m. For more information, go here.

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