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Many thanks to all who came out in to the H.O.P.E. benefit concert this past Saturday in Hamilton. Over $2200 was raised, which translates into $4400 when this is matched through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank with Government of Canada funds. Thanks to the 31 musicians and vocalists who performed and to all who attended and got the word out! We’ll be posting some of the evening’s music on youtube with links on this site after checking it out with the performers involved. The music was awesome, as were the many comments heard throughout the night. Thanks also to all of the donors for the silent auction and to all who helped staffing this event.
We think that it’s important for everyone to have a sense that the funds being raised around the world right now go directly to saving lives. The United Nations estimates that approximately 750,000 individuals will perish in this famine, largely due to insufficient funds to feed everyone effected by this, the worst famine in East Africa in over 60 years. $1 per day pays for food and water for a child for a day. Please urge your friends to be aware of what they can do to help save lives.
If you couldn’t make it out to the concert we will be posting videos of performances within the next couple of weeks and you can still make donations to through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank here: https://secure.peaceworks.ca/cfgb/donate/donation_make_form?notes=East%20Africa%20Drought
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More than 30 Hamilton musicians are joining to raise funds for eastern Africa famine relief efforts with a benefit concert.
Proceeds from the event will go to the eastern Africa famine relief efforts of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
The concert will feature prominent Hamilton singer-song writers, including Matthew de Zoete, Alfie Smith, and Angela McKay. As well as Jason Hales, Brian Wice, Alvin Rankin, David Buckley, Shaelah Buckley, Glen Marshall, Graham Watson, Lliam Buckley, Parag Chakravarti, Jaret Koop, Shiori Kobayashi, Keiko Kashio, Pieter Spiering, Eryn Hartmier, Colin McVey, Stuart Feenstra, and Paul Offenbacher
Version Thereof : Melinda Shank-Miles, Bryan Henderson, Tracy Hager, John Redley
Vine Tuned: Mike Innes, Janet Kronik, Nikki Loney, Anne Barnshaw, Deb Massey, Ted Woodford. During the intermission, there will be a silent auction featuring goods donated by a number of Hamilton area businesses.
The benefit concert will be held in the grand sanctuary of concert sponsor Melrose United Church at 7 p.m. on November 26, 2011. Tickets are available online at eventbrite.com as well as at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $5 for children and $25 for families.
“As the holiday season approaches, the pictures coming out of the famine affected areas of East Africa remind us that the spirit of the season needs to extend globally,” said David Buckley, one of the event organizers.
About Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian churches and church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries. Last year the Foodgrains Bank provided $38 million of assistance for 2.3 million people in 35 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the Foodgrains Bank has provided over $500 million of assistance for people in 80 countries, including 1.1 million tonnes of food assistance.
About the Artists
Matthew de Zoete combines elements of pop, rockand folk music. He writes
songs built on strong melodies and honest lyrics. Having toured
throughout Canada, America and Europe, he has earned a reputation for
intelligent songwriting and dynamic performances.
Alfie Smith’s unique style of music can be best described as “Outlaw
Blues”; blending hard edged Rock and Roll, Gospel, Folk and Jazz with
Pure Primal Blues. At the heart of the music is a singularly brooding
baritone voice; in the tradition of the old Blues Shouters. Smith was
nominated for Best Blues Album at the 2006 Hamilton Music Awards.
Angela McKay’s style is a country blues-rock mix which is uniquely her
own. Her challenges and experiences in living with blindness and
diabetes are reflected in her songs containing gutsy and inspirational
lyrics. Filled with soulful raw emotion, the sincerity of her music has
been captivating listening audiences for years as she sings from the
Jason Hales is becoming highly sought after for his warm, clear, tenor voice. The list of roles Jason has performed continues to grow and includes Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni”, Frederic in “Pirates of Penzance”, The Mayor in “Albert Herring”, Marco in “The Gondoliers”, Francis Flute in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and Ferrando in “Cosi fan tutte” among others.
purchase tickets and make donations here: http://faminereliefhope.eventbrite.com/ [Edit: Concert has now ended. It was a success! A big thanks to every one who came out to help and support the cause! You can still make donations through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank here: https://secure.peaceworks.ca/cfgb/donate/donation_make_form?notes=East%20Africa%20Drought ]
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