(Posted 6:30 a.m., Nov. 25)
blues-rock band joins the fight against ovarian cancer
By Heather Jamieson
The Orléans Star
is something unique about the Black Cherry Band beyond
their distinctive style and versatility. The seven-member,
self-described blues-rock band is com-mitted
to community support.
December 3 event at the Shenkman Arts Centre, while focused
on music and film, will also raise money through CD sales
and a silent auction to support the 2017 Ottawa/Gatineau
Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope scheduled for next September.
Black Cherry Band is holding a fundraising
event at the Shenkman Arts Centre on December
3 in support of the Ottawa /Gatineau Ovarian
Cancer Walk of Hope.. Photo supplied
manager Judy Letourneau, chair of the 2017 walk, lost
her mother to ovarian cancer in 2000.
women a day die from ovarian cancer in Canada, explains
Judy. Since there is no diagnostic test for it, women
are often only diagnosed when the cancer is in advanced
stages, she adds. Her goal is to mark Canadas 150th
birthday by raising $150,000.
fundraising aspect of the evening will be preceded by
the premiere of the bands Christmas video, Christmas
Time in the City, one of the tracks on their second
Christmas CD, A Tree for Christmas, released in 2013.
The video was produced by the bands parent company,
Songwind Multimedia Inc.
band will also release its eighth studio CD, Been Down
that Road Before, which is the soundtrack for a 15-minute
short film, The Map, written by the bands leader
and drummer Rob Letourneau. The film, about a band striving
to get radio play for their original songs, had its Canadian
release at COMMFFEST in September 2015 and was released
internationally last April.
out the film aspect of the evening will be the debut of
a trailer for a full-length feature film, The Tablet,
which was written by Rob and filmed entirely in the Ottawa
area. It is scheduled for release in mid-2017.
silent auction will include items donated by VIA Rail,
artist Lindy Cousineau, a cell phone by IGO Cyber House
and Ottawa Senators tickets from Brookstreet Hotel.
a charity is nothing new for the community-minded Black
Cherry Band. Over the years, they have supported others,
including the Bike Ride for Multiple Sclerosis and the
Wild Bird Care Center in Ottawa.
November 26 they will once again participate in the Ottawa
Professional Firefighters Associations Parade of
Lights. The band has won the Best Band float award for
the last three years.
band gets such a kick out of all the happy faces and the
dancing kids they see as the float passes by, Judy
says the band feels privileged to support charity events.
We enjoy getting our music out to people, like any
other band, and doing these charity gigs is fun for the
band and for the people attending.
for the 8 p.m., December 3 event are $20 and available
at www.shenkmanarts.ca. For more information about the
band, including audio and video clips, visit www.blackcherry.ca.
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