Happy International Rush Day!

The number 2112 has become synonymous with Rush over the years due to their breakout 1976 album of the same name, which was just re-released last week in celebration of its 40th anniversary. And since today is the 21st day of the 12th month – written as 21/12 in most of the world – Rush fans over the years have dubbed it as an unofficial Rush holiday of sorts. Happy International Rush Day everyone! December 21st also happens to be the Winter Solstice, so there’s at least one other reason to celebrate too. Four years ago back in 2012 Rush Day was particularly significant and widely recognized because the year was also the 2112 pre-centennial. This year the festivities promise to be a bit more muted – especially given that Rush is in semi-retirement mode at the moment, but it’s still always an occasion worth celebrating. What better excuse do you need to listen to Rush all day long, watch Rush DVDs/Blu-rays, wear Rush paraphernalia, and otherwise celebrate Rush fandom? To make it especially significant, do something extra special at exactly 9:12PM this evening; 21:12 in military time. Happy #RushDay everybody!!!

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Alex Lifeson’s A Brush of Hope charity auction painting Aquarium now available for bidding

The Kidney Foundation of Canada‘s annual A Brush of Hope charity auction fundraiser kicked off yesterday and Alex Lifeson is once again one of the many Canadian celebrities participating by donating their original paintings. Alex’s painting for this year is titled Aquarium, and is now listed on the auction’s ebay.ca site here (thanks Gerry). Alex has participated in the auction nearly every year since 2006, including last year with his painting Blind Date Picnic which ended up selling for nearly $4800! The Brush of Hope online charity will run through November 8th at Noon. You can check out and place your bid on Alex’s painting along with all the others at this location. For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook.