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A Canadian pavilion will be named after Rush drummer Neil Peart

News 09/06/2020

A pavilion will be named after Rush drummer Neil Peart in his Canadian hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario.

Located in Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines city council have confirmed the news and officially named it the Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park.

Peart has recently passed away after a long battle against glioblastoma. A week later, fans rushed to start an online petition to create a memorial to tribute the late legendary drummer in his hometown. Initiated by Tony McLaughlin, he explained that Peart spent a lot of his youth in Port Dalhousie.

Peart once wrote about the park in an eponymous song, Lakeside Park, on 1975 Caress of Steel, where he reminisces, "Days of barefoot freedom / Racing with the waves / Nights of starlit secrets / Crackling driftwood flames."

"What an amazing tribute it would be to him to have this placed there. We're all very proud of his accomplishments after he made that fateful audition in Toronto back in the 70s," McLaughlin said. "If we all pull together, we can make this happen."

The voting took place in two weeks and received over 80% of the online votes. The winning name was then presented to the council for final approval.

"The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive," Port Dalhousie Councillor Bruce Williamson said. "Neil Peart's been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park."

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