RyanDan performs at fundraiser for Sunnybrook



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RyanDan performs at the ACC tomorrow night as part of One Night Live, a fundraiser for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.


Making music is something RyanDan just can’t get enough of. But the pop and classical music duo say giving back is just as important.

Ryan and Dan Kowarsky, Toronto-raised identical twins, say one of the best things about fame is being able to use it to bring awareness to worthy causes, such as One Night Live — a fundraising event for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

“Our management came in and told us about it and we love to be involved in as much charity work as we possibly can be,” says Ryan. “It was a great opportunity for us, and there’s a lot of great artists coming out to the show.”

Ryan and Dan will join Bryan Adams, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan and Jann Arden for One Night Live tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre for the gig.

They will be performing songs from their self-titled debut album, which was released in November and became a top 10 hit on album charts in Canada and Britain.

One Night Live is a fundraiser to benefit the construction of the pre- and post-natal unit at Sunnybrook. The concert will benefit the construction of two new floors for births, high-risk pregnancies and critically ill newborns.

The expanded facility, which is scheduled to open in 2010, was designed with input from women and their families as well as caregivers and will accommodate 4,250 annual births. It will also include a leading-edge neonatal intensive care unit that will care for one in every five babies born in Ontario weighing less than three pounds.

“I think for a lot of charities and foundations it’s hard to raise money,” says Dan. “It’s a lot easier when you have people who are in the public eye to come on board and help out, so it’s an honour for us to be able to help out and do this.”

  • For more information on One Night Live, visit onenightlive.com