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Photograph: Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.Left Side (top to bottom): Johnny Orlando, Josh Ramsay, Jules Halpern; Centre: Justin Bieber; Right Side (top to bottom): Tyler Shaw, Marie-Mai, Geddy Lee

Watch Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and more Canadian all-stars cover Bill Withers for charity

An all-star Canadian lineup got together for charity to sing the late Bill Withers' 'Lean on Me' and it's heartbreaking.

By JP Karwacki
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While time seems to have lost all meaning as we continue to hole up indoors, but we still can't seem to get that moment when some of Hollywood's biggest names right now got together for a cringeworthy rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine".

We can thankfully hit refresh on that moment in COVID-19 history with a performance of the late Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" which dropped last weekend from the Canadian artist collective of ArtistsCAN. A welcome breath of fresh air, its collection of over 25 big names in music from Canada—Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Geddy Lee of Rush and Michael Bublé come to mind—is leagues better. Heart-wrenching, even.

If you're already thinking "hey, not fair, this video's got thoroughly trained musicians and world-famous singers doing what they do best," think again. This video from ArtistsCan doesn't just feature highly-valued voices; over two dozen actors and Canadian celebrities join in this rendition, from the Trailer Park Boys, the lifelong envrionmentalist David Suzuki and Canada's own prime minister Justin Trudeau. Check out what a little bit of editing and production quality can do:

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Created by the Canadian singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw, Fefe Dobson and musical director and former lead guitarist for Justin Bieber Dan Kanter, the performance was brought together to riase money for the Canadian Red Cross and its efforts to help in the fight against COVID-19. Visitors to the ArtistsCAN website are invited to donate money at the bottom of the page, or to text text LEANONME to 20222 to donate $10.

Canadians get looked at internationally for doing a lot of things right, so leave it to an all-star cast of musicians, singers, actors, conservationists, celebrities, children's television stars, comedians and actors to get it right.

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