MADD Canada is pleased to announce the release of a beautiful and meaningful new song written and produced by Michael Hanson of Glass Tiger to raise awareness of, and funds for, the fight to stop impaired driving.

The song, titled Shattered Dreams, reflects the stories of so many impaired driving situations in which a driver makes a terrible, often tragic, decision which they can never take back.

What did you do

Why weren't you thinking about the mess you'd make

How many times

Did you think you would get away free

Treating life recklessly

As part of his generous contribution to MADD Canada and its mission, Mr. Hanson is donating 100% of the royalties from Shattered Dreams sales on to MADD Canada. To hear and purchase the song, please visit this link: Shattered Dreams.

"Michael is making a unique and remarkable contribution," said Denise Dubyk, MADD Canada's National President. "How many charitable organizations have one of Canada's leading musicians write and produce a song specifically for their cause? We are honoured and deeply grateful to Michael and his team for this gift. We are confident it will help raise a new level of awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and contribute valuable funds in support of our efforts to stop impaired driving and support its victims."

Mr. Hanson was the original drummer and founder of Canadian supergroup Glass Tiger. With hits such as "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" and "Some Day", they were one of Canada's most successful and popular bands, enjoying five Juno Awards, a Grammy nomination and gold and multi-platinum album sales. Today, Mr. Hanson is one of Canada's brightest songwriters and producers.

He was inspired to contact MADD Canada because his family was touched by an impaired driving crash many years ago. In the early 90s, his young cousin was a young 'star' computer analyst at Guelph University. He was involved in an alcohol-related motorcycle crash which caused debilitating brain damage. The crash cut short the young man's career and left him requiring 24-hour care in a special home. His life was changed forever. Mr. Hanson also lost three peers during high school when they were hit by an impaired driver and killed instantly.

Mr. Hanson and Toronto marketing guru Paul Cookson made the phone call to MADD Canada which then set off a journey to create an epic, touching ballad that will donate all profits to MADD and assist in spearheading the fight against impaired driving. A video for the song by talented Toronto director Mike Morrow is in the making as well.

"As a songwriter, this is the only medium I really know that can carry the emotion of the true message rather than just the message itself," Mr. Hanson said. "Impaired driving is the ultimate act of selfishness. It kills people just as a gun will. There's not much difference because a 4000-pound car hurtling towards you is a weapon. It needs to stop. This song is something from my heart … it's the best I can do to help, even if just a little."

The song's haunting lyrics resonate with victims of impaired driving as well, as they see their own dreams shattered by the actions of another.

A Shattered Dream

And your world goes black

You can pray it didn't happen

But you'll never get it back

"When Michael approached MADD Canada, he wanted to make a unique contribution to our organization - to those who have been impacted by impaired driving and to those who are working so hard to stop this tragic crime," said Ms. Dubyk. "He put his musical talents to work and the result is this incredibly beautiful song which portrays so eloquently how people's lives and dreams can be taken away with just one decision."

About Michael Hanson

Michael Hanson was a key member and drummer of Canadian 80s superstars Glass Tiger from 1984 to 1990. Hanson's accolades include 5 Juno Awards, A Grammy Nomination, and multi-platinum sales worldwide. He produced "Free To Be - Canada's Song" for the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as co-wrote the song "Think I'm A Joke" which is currently the focus of an anti-bullying documentary in the works by Liverpool's Andrew Cole, with celebrities from all over the world getting on board. Considered in music circles to be one of the best 'pop music hook-writers' in the country, Hanson presented a theme to the 2015 Pan Am Games consortium along with co-writer Alan Frew. He is currently working from his Mississauga Recording Studio writing songs for an upcoming reality TV show while songwriting & developing young Canadian talent for his new Indie Label, Cloverland Records.

About MADD Canada

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. For more information, visit

Source: MADD Canada


Last updated on: 2013-03-30 | Link to this post