Live music entertainment by popular bands and talented musicians with proceeds donated to charities in the community.
PLAY IT FORWARD - LIVE MUSIC FOR CHARITY EVENT
PLAY IT FORWARD - FESTIVAL PLACE
Global Edmonton News
Play It Forward is a live music event for charity. The fundraiser will feature three live bands, with proceeds going to children and youth programs. Rollie LaMarche and Thomas Alexander appeared on Sunday’s Global Edmonton Morning News.
Musicians band together for annual breast cancer fundraiser
By Andrea Wong
Breast cancer awareness month is quickly approaching, which means that a certain group of female artists will be returning to the stage on Oct. 2. Mics in hand, instruments at the ready, and strong looks of determination on their faces, these united Women of Song stand for a cause resonating close to their hearts.
Fifteen years ago, Edmonton musician Sophie Hunter was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. What followed was a series of treatments so intense, Hunter wasn’t sure which would kill her first. But the spirited blues singer refused to lay down without a fight. After a long and hard battle, Hunter prevailed as a breast cancer survivor. Ignited with a sharper focus on life, she sought to do something about breast cancer that could couple her passion for music.
“What I wanted to do is make it easier for other people that have to go through what I went through,” Hunter says. “What better way to give back than with something you do naturally?”
With that in mind, Hunter formed the idea for a benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. She was quickly joined by six of her friends, all local musicians ranging from blues to old-school rock to everything in between. At the heart of this seasoned music collective is a deep-seated desire to contribute to a worthy cause. MORE ON WOMEN OF SONG
PLAY IT FORWARD - Previous year - FESTIVAL PLACE
Photo Credit : Rob Swyrd Photography
In October 2013 the first Live Music for Charity event was held with over 200 people showing up and 18 amazing musicians sharing their talents in 3 popular bands.
The bands are either currently popular or popular in their day. Many of the musicians are professional musicians, some have not played for many years...it was wonderful to hear and see the hours and hours of rehearsing, reconnecting of friendships, coming together to entertain and share their love of music and give back to their community. Together, that evening, they raised $10,130 for the Stollery Children`s hospital foundation.
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