Canadian musicians support Calgary's vulnerable youth

By carlynn

Fifth annual Musicians Care for Kids concert raises over $22,000 for Avenue 15.

On Feb. 12, 2014, some of Canada’s top musicians performed at Flames Central for the fifth annual Musicians Care for Kids benefit concert, supporting Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Avenue 15 Youth Shelter and the hundreds of homeless youth in Calgary who access its services. This year, Musicians Care for Kids raised $22,426, which will help provide youth with basic needs and a safe place to stay, opportunities for recreation, resource and support referrals, and positive adult relationships.

Sponsored by Jeff Parry Promotions, Annerin Productions and the Calgary Entrepreneurs Organization, this year marked the third year of proceeds directly supporting the Shelter.

Mcfk CollageRussell Broom, an award winning producer, engineer, musician and songwriter, hosted the event. Calgarians enjoyed an evening of music, courtesy of five very talented musicians: Jason McCoy from The Road Hammers; Gordie Johnson from Big Sugar; Shaun Verreault from Wide Mouth Mason; and Greg Godovitz from Goddo. Special guest Paul Dean from Loverboy accompanied the house band, which comprised Mike Lent on bass, Mike Little on keyboards, and Pat Steward on drums. The musicians also shared their stories and inspiration behind some of their finest songs.

Jeremy Nixon, Manager of Youth Shelters, spoke to the audience about the struggles youth face when living on the street. He shared how Avenue 15 provides homeless and runaway youth, ages 12 to 17, with temporary shelter and basic needs, as well as a comprehensive support system to assist them in reuniting with their families or finding alternative living arrangements.

Thank you to our presenting sponsors, and to Corus Entertainment, including Q107, AM770 and Country 105, for generously providing promotional support for this event.

An extra special thank you goes to Jeff Parry, whose tireless efforts over the past five years has helped raise thousands of dollars to assist homeless youth in Calgary.

Learn more about our Youth Housing and Shelter programs here.

To see more photos from the concert, visit our Facebook page.