“You Didn’t Even Know Me”: Canada's Refugee Story

February 10, 2016

In November 2015, Elly Thorn launched her third album: “and so it is.” in front of a packed house in Saskatoon. Following the show, two women approached Thorn with tears in their eyes. The song, “You Didn’t Even Know Me”, had moved them and they asked if Thorn would use the song to help Canada’s latest newcomers, the Syrian refugees.

Inspired to help, Thorn immediately knew what must be done.

Working with Tara Yolan Productions and Cynthia Block Communications, Thorn reached out to refugee organizations, schools, First Nations and many others to produce a music video that tells this uniquely Canadian story.

“This project is for the refugees, but it’s also for all Canadians who are opening up their hearts, doors and wallets to help these newcomers feel welcome,” said Thorn. “I want it to reflect our generosity of spirit, hope for the future and strength through diversity.”

Every dollar raised by downloading the song will go to refugee organizations to support the Syrian refugees. “You Didn’t Even Know Me” is now available on iTunes and Google Play.

Participation by First Nations in the music video is an important element, as it reflects Canada’s history. “As the original welcomers of us all, they remind us to pay it forward,” said Thorn.

“You Didn’t Even Know Me”, the music video, will be formally launched on Friday, February 12th at 10:30 am at the Sheraton Cavalier’s Top of the Inn in Saskatoon. There will also be an announcement of a major gift.

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