Fan Meets Avril Lavigne In MuchMusic Contest

15-year-old Sophia Iliopulos from George, British Columbia was the big winner of MuchMusic’s Gonna Meet A Rock Star episode featuring Avril Lavigne. When Sophia stopped by Much, they asked about her experience meeting Lavigne. What was the coolest thing about Avril? “She’s just like any other person. We got along so well, it’s almost like we’d known each other for a long time,” Sophia gushed. “She’s really down to earth.”

Avril Presents $35,000 Donation To The Hospital For Sick

April 14, 2003 – took time out of her North American Tour yesterday to visit Home Hardware’s semi-annual Dealer Market in St. Jacobs, ON and present a check for $35,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. The funds were raised from the sale of Napanee Home Hardware t-shirts, made famous by Avril’s January appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Manufactured, But Has Potential

April 14, 2003 – Malcolm X Abram of the Beacon Journal profiled Avril Lavigne, hitting a sore subject with many of her fans, and backing up the beliefs of her foes. He writes, “In truth, her CD is just as manufactured a piece of product as any of the music unleashed by the performers she effectively replaced. Nearly all of the songs were co-written with veteran producer/arranger Cliff Magness or up-and-coming songwriting trio The Matrix.” But fear not Avril fans, he added, “like a few other young singers who made a big splash with their debuts, one of Lavigne’s biggest assets is her potential.” Abram adds that Avril isn’t doing press for her current tour.

Avril Lavigne Leaves ‘Em Happy

April 13, 2003 – T’Cha Dunlevy of the Montreal Gazette was on hand at Avril Lavigne’s concert at the Bell Centre on Friday, talking to a few of the 15,500 fans who packed the arena and weighing in on Avril’s performance. Dunlevy writes, “Lavigne can sing. She showed impressive range as she made her way through the varied material off her first and only album, ‘Let Go’.”

Listen To War Child ‘Hope’ Benefit Album

April 12, 2003 – The Mirror is teaming up with the War Child charity to promote a fundraising CD for Iraqi children, which will feature exclusive recordings from musicians including Ronan Keating, Moby, Avril Lavigne, David Bowie, Lee Ryan of Blue, and George Michael. ‘Hope’ will be released on Monday (April 21) with all proceeds going to child victims of the war in Iraq.

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