Annual events such as last month’s Toystock Christmas Cheer fundraiser and last evening’s Blues For Food showcase in support of the Soup Kitchen Community Centre are testaments to the local music community’s dedication and generosity. The 8th annual Blues For Food hosted by Rusty McCarthy and the Sault Blues Society at the Water Tower Pub attracted a dozen players who all donated their time for the cause.
“It is the season of giving. We as musicians don’t have much to give, we’re not on the sunshine list. The only thing we can give and give freely is whatever talent we have,” McCarthy Told SooToday.
“It’s a great night that brings the community together. It’s kind of like going to a hockey game and the whole community is there. I like that feeling,” he said.
The Pub was standing room only as supporters enjoyed performances by local artists Five Below Zero, Paul DellaVedova, Bill Priddle, Stuart Bolduc, Liam Seymour, Tym Morrison, Rusty McCarthy, Rick Wysynski, Mark Gough, Steve Quesnele, Warren Reville, and Catherine Taddo.
“It’s fun having the chance to play with a group of musicians I don’t normally perform with. And it’s great being involved in something supporting the Soup Kitchen which is really important for the community,” Taddo said.
The giving continues throughout December with other events in support of local charities, including:
Wednesday, Dec. 20 - 10 p.m.
Acoustic Open Mic for ARCH hosted by Greg Callaghan
Coch’s Corner, 708 Queen St. E.
Friday, Dec. 22 - 10 p.m.
Stand-Up for Charity with J.P. Naphan in support of St. Vincent de Paul
Room 21, 480 Albert St. W. (upstairs)
Wednesday, Dec. 27 - 8 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Guy Thiffault Memorial concert in support of Tracy’s Dream
Canadian Night Club, 410 Pim St.