December 5 13

I’ll be honest for a moment. I don’t really know much about Avril Lavigne.

I mean, fine, I do know one thing. I know that she sings a song called Sk8tr Boi that I know very few of the correct lyrics to, because I have written my own version that I sing—pretty poorly—to Isabella while we are lacing up her skates in the ice rink change rooms.

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She’s my sk8tr girl.

My girls, though, they are huge fans of Avril Lavigne.


Her songs are frequently downloaded onto ipods around here and get played in our usual rotation and get sung during extra-long shower sessions or on road trips.

But now I know a second thing about her: She’s doing something really awesome.

She has teamed up with Women’s College Hospital Foundation to create a cover song of “Keep Holding On.’

“I am excited to have my fans’ voices join together with mine in support of Women’s College Hospital,” said Lavigne. “The Avril Lavigne Foundation works to help kids, their families and communities feel like rockstars, so we’re proud to be part of this special campaign for the Toronto community.” For more than 100 years, Women’s College Hospital  has been dedicated to groundbreaking advances in health care. Today, this legacy continues.

Yes, let’s keep Toronto in the news for good reasons. And not, you know, about our *cough* mayor *cough*


The remixed song has been released on iTunes, and the proceeds from every download go toward toward supporting Women’s College Hospital and the future of healthcare for women. For $1.29 you can so something really awesome too. It’s a click of a button—easy peasy—to help support women’s health. Follow along using the hashtag #WCHFRaiseUrVoice on Twitter to show your support!

Take the money you’d spend on an extra few moves in on that Candy Crush board that you just.can’t.pass. and use the free time travel trick instead.

And, since I never want you to walk away empty-handed, as a thank you for your generosity I want to give you a list of some of my favorite songs by amazing, powerful and important women because I’m the mom of two amazing, powerful, important girls.

(I probably should have done a top 100 because holy cow WOMEN ARE AWESOME)

1. Elsewhere by Sarah McLachlan

2. Landslide by Stevie Nicks

3. Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler

4. Mystery by Indigo Girls

5. Mushaboom by Feist

6. Dreams by The Cranberries

7. Lead Me Home by FM Radio

8. Eternal Flame by The Bangles

9. Superstar by Karen Carpenter

10. Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin

What are some of YOUR favorites?


Note: I was compensated for writing this post but as always, all opinions are my own. And goodness knows I have lots of opinions about music.

  1. What a great cause. Downloaded, thanks. And thanks for the suggestions!

    Comment by Jennifer on December 5, 2013
  2. Cowboy Take Me Away by the Dixie Chicks, Whiskey Lullaby by Alison Krauss (with some help from Brad Paisley), Vogue by Madonna, and Naked Eye by Luscious Jackson are a few of my favorites.

    Good for Avril!

    Comment by Alison on December 5, 2013
  3. My tween girl discovered Blondie and thinks of her as Lady Gaga’s grandma, so let me add “Heart of Glass” and “One Way or Another” to your awesome list.

    Comment by Irene on December 10, 2013

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