The hitting-the-road aspect is certainly in keeping with the Terry Fox legacy, but this fundraiser throws in some music in support of the cause.
The On The Road concert series makes a stop in Wellesley next month in support of the Wilmot Terry Fox Run.
Hosted in the intimate confines of a family home, the August 11 concert will treat the audience to performances by Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Walsh, and Kitchener Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo.
Walsh has added his signature, bluesy-bluegrass style to some 40 albums and toured internationally across North America, Europe, and Australia. He has performed more than 420 shows across the country, with his musical influence cited as rock multi-instrumentalist J.J. Cale.
“I’m essentially a solo looping slide guitar player with a broken-muffler-on-a-gravel-road style voice,” said Walsh with a laugh.
“My show is essentially an engaging show; it’s not a show where I sit staring at my feet playing the guitar all afternoon long. I engage the audience; I try to have some humour, while at the same time presenting some of the songs,” said Walsh.
Lindo, on the other hand, is better known for her political endeavours. She will be demonstrating her skill with the piano.
Each performer will do a 45-minute set, with a short intermission in between.
The concert will take place at the Nafziger Road home of Dawn and Garry Malo. Because there is a limited capacity given the setting, organizers are asking those attending to register online beforehand. While admission is free, the Wilmot Terry Fox Run is accepting free-will donations.
“It’s a great way of getting close to the music. The wonderful thing about having a concert in an unusual venue – someone’s home – it’s a bit more intimate, you get to know the artist, they get to chat with you and just spend time with you,” said Nigel Gordijk, organizer of the Wilmot Terry Fox Run.
“You get a great experience from the music, but also getting to know the person who’s performing them – you get the hear the stories about the songs they’ve written, that kind of thing.”
“Frankly, house concerts are the new rock n’ roll concert at this point of our lives,” added Walsh. “As opposed to being in a bar surrounded by 15 big-screen TVs. For a guy like me, it’s a much more intimate atmosphere, much more one-on-one with the audience – they’re really there to see the show, as opposed to being distracted by the show.”
The performance is part of an ongoing home concert series, with the first kicking off earlier this month. The concerts take place in venues all across the Waterloo Region, with the Wellesley location being the third in the series. There will be two more in the series, taking place August 13 and August 20 in Baden.
Runs are held annually across the country as a fundraiser for cancer research in the name of Terry Fox, continuing his effort to raise money by running across Canada.
“It’s a way of getting a lot closer to the performer, but also a fantastic way to raise money for cancer research in Terry’s name,” said Gordijk of the upcoming house concert.
The Wellesley fundraiser is scheduled for August 11 from 4-6 p.m. Registration can be done online at EventBrite.com.