‘You Won’t Stand Alone’ celebrates strength of Burnaby’s diversity

Last updated: October 21, 2021

In a new video, Burnaby City Councillor Joe Keithley and Mayor Mike Hurley perform a song written by Keithley that celebrates the strength and solidarity that comes from Burnaby’s diversity.

“We’re lucky to live in one of the most diverse communities in Canada,” said Hurley. “‘You Won't Stand Alone’ is a celebration of our multicultural community and the way we look out for one another.”

Keithley sings lead vocals on the track, while Mayor Hurley accompanies him on bass and backup vocals. The video features footage shot at Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake parks, and Burnaby City Hall.

“In Burnaby, we know that diversity is our strength,” said Keithley. “More than half of our residents were born outside of Canada. But when you come here, we are part of the same human family, the same community. That’s what ‘You Won't Stand Alone’ is about.”

“You Won't Stand Alone” follows on the heels of “We’re All in This Together,” a COVID-19 rock anthem also written by Keithley. In April, the video of “We’re All in This Together” featuring Keithley and Hurley again performing together received more than 30,000 views online. Considered a ‘godfather of Canadian punk,’ Keithley founded the band D.O.A. in 1978 and was elected to Burnaby Council in 2018.

Watch the Video: You Won’t Stand Alone

For more information contact:
Joe Keithley 
City Councillor
604-802-5722 | [email protected]

Chris Bryan
Manager, Corporate Communications
604-570-3636 | [email protected]

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