With the devastating results of the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, there is worldwide urgency to contribute in some way. The Red Cross is taking monetary donations that will hopefully be used to send aid to Japan. Since Japan is one of the wealthier countries in the world and they have put aside funds for this very purpose, the hope is that the people that are living there can reap the benefits for their basic needs and to provide assistance to rebuild.
Locally, there is no shortage of fundraising events that are contributing the proceeds to the earthquake relief. It's always interesting to observe how it's always artists and musicians that step forward and volunteer their talents and livelihood to unselfishly donate to a cause. You never hear about professionals such as doctors or lawyers donating their profits to fundraising causes.
One upcoming event that I encourage people to support is the Japan Earthquake Fundraising concert held at the West End Cultural Centre on Tuesday, April 19 at 8:00pm. This concert will feature performances from Ridley Bent, Greg MacPherson and Keri Latimer. The WECC is donating the venue, Stu Reid created the poster and the musicians are donating their performances. Keri Latimer, who fronts the band, Nathan is organizing this event and I strongly urge everyone in the community and the city to attend this show. Keri and Greg are well known treasures in the local music scene and a chance to hear them at this intimate (and great sounding) venue will be a treat. I haven't actually seen Ridley Bent live, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity. See you there!
Tickets available from Ticketmaster $15 adv/$20 door. All proceeds to the Red Cross.
Here's some samples:
Nathan (Keri Latimer)- John Paul's Deliveries. (live 2010-01-31)