Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Homefest 2007

If you live in Edmonton, I hope you'll be coming out to Homefest on Sunday afternoon from 2-7 p.m. Here's what their Facebook page says:
This event will bring together some of the city’s best-known folk and roots musicians and touring artists who are in town to lend their gifts in support of those experiencing the lack of affordable housing and homelessness.

Homefest 2007 performers:
Asani/ Myrol
Al Brant Band/ Joe Nolan
Michelle Boudreau/ Raisin’ Cain
Down to the Wood/ Samantha Schultz
Caity Fisher/ Marty Siltanen & The Bloomin’ Thistles/
Roy Forbes/ Anna Somerville
David Francey/ John Spearn
Jay Gilday/ Thaneah & Ten Feet of Hair
Brian Gregg & Patsy Amico/ Ann Vriend
Andrea House/ Jasmine Whenham

Joanne Myrol, of the group Myrol, says “Having been on the edge of homelessness when I was a single mom and new to Edmonton, I can empathize with the plight of those living on the streets. The harsh reality is that in this winter city, not everyone has the comfort of a warm bed and shelter. Homefest and Edmontonians are working together for shelter, comfort, and safety through a song.”

“On a typical night more than 2600 people are homeless in our city,” explains ECOHH spokesperson Jim Gurnett. “There is a shortage of 6000 units of low-income affordable housing and waiting lists for available units are years long. Needs range from emergency shelter to special supported housing to low-income rental units. It is vital for more people to understand this and speak up in support of action.”

Proceeds from the concert this year are going to the John Howard Society for their transitional housing work, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers for a camp for youth in their supported housing, and Operation Friendship to assist clients with moving expenses and obtaining identification.

A children’s activity center, art and information displays, and an acoustic song circle will complement the four music stages.

Tickets are available for only $10 at:
Earth’s General Store (10832 Whyte Avenue)
Myhre’s Music (8715-118 Avenue)
Tix on the Square (3 Winston Churchill Square)
Grant MacEwan College Bookstores

Children under 12 attend for free.

SEE for more information.

A great cause and great music. I hope I'll see you there!

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