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Chuck Comeau

Chuck Comeau is defending Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung on Canada Reads 2019.

Defending Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung

Chuck Comeau is defending Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung on Canada Reads 2019. (CBC)

Chuck Comeau is defending Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung on Canada Reads 2019.

Chuck Comeau and his bandmates formed Simple Plan in 1999. The band has sold over 15 million albums and performed in more than 70 countries around the world. Early on, they started the Simple Plan Foundation, which raises money for charitable causes devoted to helping young people in need — from suicide prevention, to poverty, mental health awareness, musical education and drug addiction. The band has donated over 2.5 million dollars to various charitable organizations and has received the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross for their philanthropic work. Chuck lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jacquelin Napal and their 3-and-a-half year old son London and continues to tour with Simple Plan. He's currently writing new material for the band's sixth full-length album to be released later this year.

Why Chuck Comeau chose Homes for Canada Reads

"Imagine a childhood filled with bombs, attacks, bullets and dead bodies. That is the life that 10-year-old Abu Bakr lived in Syria, until he escaped to Canada. In this scary moment in our collective history, where fear and hatred have become normalised, Homes is essential reading.

In this scary moment in our collective history, where fear and hatred have become normalised, Homes is essential reading.- Chuck Comeau

"This incredible memoir will make you more compassionate and profoundly grateful that you and your children don't have to fall asleep to the sound of machine guns at night. And it will make you very proud to be from there — this incredible country that brought Bakr here, ans his family, with open arms."

Read more in Chuck Comeau's interview with CBC.

Chuck Comeau discusses Canada Reads​

Simple Plan's Chuck Comeau talks about being a Canada Reads panellist and why he's defending Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. 11:13
The books that are part of this year's Canada Reads debates, and their defenders, have been released. Chuck Comeau of the band Simple Plan explains why he's passionate about his book. 7:33

Other interviews with Chuck Comeau

Simple Plan performs a free show outside the Bell Centre on Saturday at 6pm...it's all part of the Habs Home opener. CBC's Pierre Landry spoke to Drummer Chuck Comeau.#habs#simpleplan#cbc 5:45

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