In light of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the already impoverished nation of Haiti on Tuesday, January 12th, a few musical events have been organized in Montreal to raise money for aid efforts. A few of these events involve pretty big names, and are definitely not asking for very much in donations in order to attend. If you like live shows, there is no better time to be out in the city attending these events as your admission will be contributed to a very worthy cause.
CBC news reported that a Haiti benefit concert would be taking place this weekend at Club Lambi with some high-profile local musicians and performers. The Sunday night (January 17th) concert is presented by Pop Montreal and Club Lambi and includes a DJ set by the Arcade Fire's Tim Kinsbury and Jeremy Gara, as well as performances by Amy Millan of Stars and local indiers Plants and Animals. There will also be performances by Jahnice, Random Recipe, Tony Ezzy, Doody Le Tigre, Shapes & Sizes, and Vox Sambou. This is a huge lineup with some of Montreal’s most talented artists and for a cover charge donation of between 10 and 20 dollars, you can’t afford to miss it. All proceeds go to Partners in Health, a large non-governmental health care provider in Haiti. The event is on Facebook as well here, if you want to show your support and invite friends to attend.
Another concert is reportedly being organized for Thursday, January 21st, with a performance by Haitian-born singer-songwriter Luck Mervil, according to the Montreal Gazette. Local actor and television personality Angelo Cadet will also reportedly make an appearance at the event. Planning is still underway however, and other acts and performances are likely to be added. The event is set to take place at the Telus Theatre, with proceeds from tickets reportedly being given to either the Red Cross or the Center for International Studies and Cooperation.
Other than these relatively large events, smaller fundraisers have also been organized. One fundraiser will be held at Le Consulat bar at 1442 Bleury in Montreal, and it will feature a live band. The event is being held from 5 to 10 p.m. this Sunday, the 17th of January, and admission is a donation of your choice to the relief effort in Haiti. A jam session will also be held today, January 16th, at Ghetto Shul: House of Prayer at 3458 Avenue Du Parc in Montreal. The event starts at 7 p.m. and you are encouraged to bring friends, an instrument if you play one, and most importantly a donation for the relief effort. For more details, here is the Facebook event.
So music fans, I encourage you all to go out over the next week, attend one of these events, enjoy the music and please donate to the relief effort in Haiti. The tragedy has truly left the country in a dire state, with deaths estimated at above fifty thousand, and all your contributions can go a long way to helping those affected.