Concert raises money for local charity

January 23, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It was a night of full-blown entertainment when four bands and a solo performer took the stage at the Oddfellows Hall in Orangeville on Sunday, Jan. 8.

The event was organized by people associated with Aardvark Music and Culture in Orangeville.

There are many local bands who like to perform but often find there aren’t that many venues in the region. Organizers decided that they could put on a show and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

The bands featured, Heavy Flannel, 027, Hairblind, and Remember November, are all heavy metal bands. Holley Jane is a Barrie-based solo performer who took to the stage for the Jan. 8 show. 

“We just wanted to play a show,” explained organizer, Justin Kopoulos, who along with Kegan Ross, put the show together. “We’ve been trying to find places to play. We ended up having good luck with Gene from the Oddfellows Hall, and we thought it might be a good idea to support a cause, and we started looking for something to support. The Family Transition Place was all for it, so it all worked out pretty well. Every band played equally, they were all 30 or 40-minute sets.”

They had to look around for a suitable venue to perform locally and the Oddfellow Hall met the requirement.

“The Oddfellows Hall worked very well, it was the perfect size – not too big and not too small,” Kegan Ross explained. “The sound worked really well.”

Kegan is in high school and works at Aardvark Music and Culture, gaining valuable experience as a co-op student.

Both Justin and Kegan also performed with the bands on stage.

Justin is the bass player with Heavy Flannel.

Keegan performed with Hairblind and 027.

Caleb Lavictoier, and Adam Duhamel, were also key organizers for the event, doing a lot of the legwork and promotion to make sure the concert was a success.

At the end of the night, over $500 was raised for Family Transition Place.

Organizers had so much fun putting on the event and performing while helping a good cause, they plan to hold more concerts in the future.

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