Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Voices for Habitat 2008

‘Voices for Habitat’ is an annual variety concert to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. ‘Voices 2008’ will be its third year; previous performers have included Chris Wynters, the Edmonton Christian Male Choir, Rob Heath, and Samantha Schultz. For its first two years the concert was held at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church on the south end of the city, but has now outgrown that venue and is moving this year to St. Timothy’s Anglican Church (8420-145 St.).

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is a charity building simple, decent, affordable homes for families. HFH sells homes to families at no profit, and finances a zero-interest mortgage. They offer the opportunity to purchase a new home and begin to build equity through a mortgage. The vast majority of the work of HFH is carried out by volunteers. HFH is a faith-based charity but is supported by people from all faith backgrounds and none. You can find out more information about them from their website here.

Voices for Habitat 2008 will be held on Sunday May 4th at 7.00 p.m. The following performers will be participating:

Alex Boudreau and Tim Chesterton, two solo performers who are often seen together in the folk/roots music scene in Edmonton. Alex is a talented lead guitarist and singer-songwriter who plays with Carrie Hryniw, the Bloomin’ Thistles and other local musicians. Tim is an arranger and performer of traditional folk songs, supplemented with a growing body of his own compositions.

Michael Chase is a local Christian singer-songwriter who has recently released his first CD. You can hear some of his music on his MySpace page here.

The Piatta Forma Choir is a Leduc Community Choir consisting of singers of all ages. In keeping with Leduc’s historic heritage, the group chose the name Piatta Forma which is an Italian phrase for “Oil Platform”. Under the direction of Arlene Klonteig, the choir has been promoting music and an appreciation of the arts in Leduc since 1998. The choir began with a small enthusiastic group of singers, and over the past 10 years, has grown to a number of 35 singers. The choir has competed in numerous competitions both at the local and provincial levels, including the Alberta Music Festival, with great success. The group also performs several concerts each year.

The Sheril Hart Trio is made up of Sheril Hart on vocals and keyboards, Jamie Philp on guitar, and Lindsay Woolgar on bass. Together they perform a very accessible jazz-based style of music which has delighted audiences in local venues such as Hulbert’s. Sheril is a strong vocalist, and both Jamie and Lindsay are much in demand as backing musicians for other local acts.

The Bloomin’ Thistles are Marty and Lil Siltanen, Alex Boudreau and Lindsay Woolgar. They first came together a year ago to play at Marty’s CD release party, and had such a good time that they’ve continued to perform together occasionally since then; recent venues have included Homefest 2007 and the Blue Chair Café. Marty’s original songs, written in an accessible storytelling style, are the backbone of the group’s repertoire, but other members also get to showcase their talents.

The House Kats: Take some vintage blues and ragtime, add in some contemporary R&B, a little folk, a lot of swing, some country, some originals, and the odd top forty song...then put it in the hands of 3 veteran musicians, and you have the House Kats. They are quickly making a name for themselves as one of Edmonton’s most engaging concert acts. It's a love of live performance and a feel for roots music that has made their recent concerts so memorable. The band is made up of three of the most sought after side-men in town: Marc Ladouceur on guitar and mandolin, Don Marcotte on stand-up bass, and Terry Nadasdi on guitar. One reviewer calls their live show ‘part symphony, part carnival, and all fun’.

Please note that Martin Kerr was originally scheduled to play at VFH, but had to drop out at the last minute. The Bloomin’ Thistles have graciously agreed to take his place.

Tickets for Voices for Habitat are $10 plus agency fees and are available from the Acoustic Music Shop, Blessings Christian Marketplace, Myhre’s Music, and Tix on the Square.

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