Civic lead­ers belt out di­ver­sity mes­sage: ‘You Won’t Stand Alone’

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Lo­cal punk le­gend turned city coun­cil­lor Joe Keith­ley has teamed up with Burn­aby Mayor Mike Hur­ley for a new rock an­them.

The pair’s lat­est song is ti­tled You Won’t Stand Alone and the mu­sic video fea­tures a num­ber of Burn­aby City Hall em­ploy­ees in a cel­e­bra­tion of the city’s di­ver­sity and com­mu­nity in venues such as Deer Lake, Burn­aby Lake and city hall.

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

The song fea­tures Keith­ley on lead vo­cals and gui­tar, while Hur­ley han­dles backup vo­cals and bass.

D.O.A. drum­mer Paddy Duddy rounds out the trio.

“In Burn­aby, we know that di­ver­sity is our strength,” said Keith­ley, founder of D.O.A. “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.”

Burn­aby Mayor Mike Hur­ley, left, and Coun. Joe Keith­ley are singing the praises of di­ver­sity.

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