A Summer of Music

– Sep 29, 2011

A Summer of Music
Alyson Rowe

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Alyson Rowe

Music has long been synonymous with War Child. The artist and music community has played a tremendous role in our fundraising campaigns and have helped us raise awareness from coast to coast. Around the office, the summer is usually a time for vacations and cottaging, but for our Music and Special Initiatives department it’s a season filled with events, festivals, fundraising and all out madness.

This summer season the Music and Special Events team was out in full force. If there was a festival, War Child was there. Every genre from hip hop, alt country, pop, rock and everything in between was represented. At each festival signed swag was raffled off, merch was available to buy and – as always – happy War Child staffers and volunteers were at the ready to answer questions and share details about War Child’s work and international programs.

Across the country, War Child was represented at 29 different music events and festivals!  Over 50 volunteers helped us answer questions, table at events, sell merchandise, collect newsletter signups and take donations. In total, volunteers put in over 700 hours of work. They are truly an amazing group, without them our work would not be possible.

As September draws to a close we wind down the busiest summer War Child has ever seen. Over $152,000 was raised and over 1500 people signed up for our newsletter and expressed an interest in getting involved. All of this would have been impossible without the wonderful festivals that hosted us, artists that participated and sponsors that came on board.

Bear with us, but we would like to thank you all:

A huge thanks to Jackson Triggs for choosing War Child as their charity of choice, and to all of the artists who took part in their summer concert series:  Sam Roberts Band, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jann Arden, Gord Downie, Colin James, Serena Ryder, Spirit of the West, Joel Plaskett, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards and Women Fully Clothed . A very special thanks to Alan Doyle, John Mann, Kim Stockwood,  Matthew Barber, Barry Canning, Terra Lightfoot and Robyn Dell’Unto for rocking the house at ROOTSTOCK this year for a special War Child fundraiser.

Thanks to Edgefest, Saugeen Summer Nights, Hillside and The Tragically Hip for donating space to table and take in the amazing performances.  And to our good friends at Audio Blood who organized and ran Busking for CHANGE at S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival for us this year.

This year, War Child was Osheaga’s charity of choice. A portion of each ticket sold over the entire weekend was generously donated to War Child. The three day festival was complete with a War Child booth and a War Child Busking for CHANGE stage where festival revelers could take refuge from the heat and enjoy acoustic sets by Hey Rosetta!, Sweet Thing, Passwords, Mother Mother, The Barr Brothers, The High Dials, Jesuslesfilles, The Midway State, Freedom or Death, Elephant Stone, Joseph Arthur and Sherlock. 

Thanks to all the great folks at Supercrawl who so generously welcomed War Child for a second year and to artists Terra Lightfoot, Turkey Rhubarb, Rebekah Higgs, Dark mean, Ridley Bent, The Vanishers, Fry Truck, The Rest, Rah Rah, Sean Rowe, Josh Macumber, Modern Field Recordings, The Saints are Coming, The Caretakers, Self Cynic, The Bare Minimum and Mumble who hit the streets of Hamilton taking part in Busking for CHANGE.

The team just returned from Victoria, BC where the great folks at Rifflandia hosted a beautiful War Child Lounge with intimate acoustic sets by Mother Mother, USS, KO, Royal Wood, Vince Vaccaro, Michael Rault, Mike Edel and Olenka.

And it’s not quite over yet.  Look for War Child during Indie Week in Toronto and at Halifax Pop Explosion in October. And last, but certainly not least, a huge thanks to all of our many generous sponsors who added greatly to the success of all of our events this summer and helped us, introduce War Child to so many new people.  

Categories: Culture, Events, Music,
Tags: festivals, music, summer,



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