Thu, May 9, 2013.
There's a fine event happening Friday night in Saint John. For the third year, to help honour Mental Health Week, a charity concert is being held called "Music Is Freedom - Songs For MindCare." It's happening at the Bourbon Quarter, which has just been reopened. MindCare New Brunswick is a foundation that promotes mental wellness, and sponsors community services and education programs. The organization tries to break down the stigma surrounding the illness, through workshops, educational funding and outreach to improve mental health services in the province.
There's a strong line-up of talent for the show. Jeff McAloon MC's, and the musicians included ECMA and Music NB winner Mike Biggar, with Grant "Honeyboy" Heckman, another multiple ECMA and Music NB winner, Alex Madsen from The Divorcees, Nick Gay backed by Ken Greer of Red Rider fame, Katie Rogers with Nick Hooper, Marissa Rignanesi, and Local Flyers.
There's also going to be a silent auction during the evening, with 100 per cent of the proceeds from the donated items going to MindCare. Plus, there's a star-studded, very limited edition CD up for sale. Called "Music is Freedom - Songs For MindCare", only 100 copies are being made available, for $20. It includes tracks from Ian Frew of Glass Tiger, Canadian hit makers The Spoons, a track from Austin roots-rocker Carla Olson, a band called Tarmac Adam that features former Crowded House members Nick Seymour and the late Paul Hester, PEI's Dennis Ellsworth, local favourites Jessica Rhaye and Ken Tobias, and several more. All the tracks have been completely donated to the cause.
There's still room available at the show, so make your reservation by calling the Bourbon Quarter at (506) 642-1885.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).