Musicians to help support local organizations
Organizer Dean Smith, who is also a member of local band Garage Dog, is hoping for a good turnout Wednesday night to Northumberland Gives at Frank's Pasta & Grill in Cobourg. JEFF GARD/Northumberland Today
Local musicians will be giving back to Northumberland-based organizations on Wednesday.
Dean Smith, organizer of the Northumberland Gives event, which will be held at Frank's Pasta & Grill in Cobourg from 4 to 11 p.m. that day, hopes there will be a good turnout to help support those organziations as well.
Northumberland Gives will support the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Northumberland Humane Society, Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig Women's Shelter, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre and Northumberland United Way.
“My hope is that people show up to enjoy this gift of music that people are providing and they are going to respond by making a donation to at least one of these organizations,” said Smith, a teacher at Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East as well as a member of local band Garage Dog.
Those who come out can also stay for a meal and beverages to support Frank's Pasta & Grill, which graciously donated the restaurant for the event. It's a family friendly event, especially early on with the 4 p.m. start time.
As for the lineup itself, which of course includes Garage Dog, “it's a range of ages coming together,” Smith said. The vocal group, Eclipse, from Cobourg East will kick off the festivties and there are other students as well.
“Being a teacher at the East, I knew that there's a whole wealth of young musicians that have a hard time finding public venues (to perform in),” Smith said, adding that there is quite a connection to that school with several students, current and retired staff and alumni on the bill. “Out of the 14, 15 acts we have playing, nine of them are related to the East.”
There's also some established local musicians playing and Smith isn't surprised they were eager to come on board with the event. He
“I've met and become better aquainted with a lot more of the local musicians since Garage Dog has been playing around more and I found out that there's a fantastic vibe where they are so gracious with their time for the right causes,” Smith remarked. “Just these fantastic people – Summerhouse, Urban Angel, Mike Kelly, Shaun Savoy – they all stepped up.
“We have a contingent from Alderville playing as well because the Anishnaabe shelter is one of our featured beneficiaries,” he added.
Smith anticipates the event will be simulcast through Small Town Radio.
Although he's had the idea for an event like this for awhile now, Smith said “I thought this was the time to bring it all together.” He has hopes for a similar event to be held in the summer.
There are no tickets. People are encouraged to just show up. There will be two performances areas so that while one is in use, the next artist can be setting up.
“It will be acoustically driven,” Smith said of the event, “because we want to keep the volume down so people can hear the music but they can still carry on conversations and I want them to be able to go to all the six stations where the organizations are representated and they can ask questions if they want.”
4 p.m. CDCI East's Eclipse
4:30 p.m. Adrian Boudreau and Matt Layne
5 p.m. Ellen Torrie
5:30 p.m. Brian McNamara
6 p.m. Mike Kelly
6:30 p.m. Dave Mowat
7 p.m. Sam Judson and Jordan Mowat
7:30 p.m. Cale Crowe
8 p.m. Garage Dog
8:30 p.m. Jordan Mowat and Cale Crowe
9 p.m. Shaun Savoy
9:30 p.m. Urban Angel
10 p.m. Hope Clarkin
10:30 p.m. Summerhouse