That’s Funky Awesome is fortunate that readers from around the world have made this site a frequent stop to help quell their music and entertainment jonesin’. And although today’s post may not directly affect you, for everyone living in my small corner of the globe, Stratford, Ontario, the deaths of eleven people last week at a sleepy rural corner about ten minutes outside of town as the result of a two vehicle accident has been devastating.
The crash claimed the lives of ten migrant workers travelling in an extended passenger van after a long shift at a nearby chicken farm. Some of the victims had been on the job for only one day. It also killed a London, Ontario man, Christopher Fulton, who was on his way home to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife of eleven years.
Today the Hampstead Fundraiser was announced, which will raise money for the families of the victims involved. It will be happening on February 25th in Stratford at the Masonic Hall, starting at 9:30 PM. Not only will it showcase live music from a variety of artists like Whoa Miss Mojo!, Plum Loco (featuring former Janis Joplin guitarist John Till) and Brittlestar frontman Stewart Reynolds, you can rest assured you’ll put your dancing shoes to good use when Myagi hits the stage for a DJed set. There will be food, booze (at what will no doubt be a well stocked cash bar), everything you could want to make for an unforgettable Saturday night. All for only $25. Pop into Down the Street Bar & Restaurant or Sputnik for tickets.
If you can’t make it out that night but would still like to donate money to the families, you’ll find more information on organizations that have set up additional collections here. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for the details.
Also, if you’re able to volunteer your time for the evening, any help is greatly appreciated. You can contact organizers Susan Dunfield (owner of Down the Street Bar & Restaurant) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-273-5886 or Stewart Reynolds at email@example.com. I’m donating my time for the evening…will you?
You can also head to the Down the Street website for more info and updates on the evening.
UPDATES: There is now also a Facebook page for the Hampstead Fundraiser. Click here to check it out.
The full lineup for the night’s entertainment has been confirmed!
Here’s a little Brittlestar for you now. The track is Shining Star. You’ll see him with acoustic guitar in hand on the 25th. See you there!