It’s been 10 days since the devastating earthquake that rumbled through Haiti, leaving one of the poorest countries in the world in a state of emergency. In true Manitoba fashion, local musicians are showing their support by organizing benefit concerts for Haiti.
On January 25, the Haiti Relief Fundraiser happened at The Lo Pub. Over 20 local hip-hop artists and DJs, including Nestor Wynrush, Mike B., Fenom, and Wab Kinew took to the stage. All proceeds went to Oxfam.
Also on the 25th, Calvary Temple hosted a Worship Concert. Christian pop singer Amanda Falk and singer/worship leader Kristjana Hale were on hand. The evening also had a silent auction, and live Skype talks with people working in Haiti.
The Pyramid Cabaret has its own Open House for Haiti benefit on January 28. Singer/songwriter JD Edwards, indie roots singer Ingrid Gatin, roots rockers The Dusty Roads Band, folk country band A History of Night, and folk roots group The Sweet Alibi unite for an evening of music, with all proceeds from door sales going to the Canadian Red Cross’s Haiti initiative. Admission is $10.
Also on January 28, Eagle & Hawk, Sierra Noble, Ray St. Germain, and Billy Joe Green will take the stage at the Centennial Concert Hall for the www.mmf.mb.ca/index.php. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to UNICEF Canada.
Grand Analog has converted its January 30 show at the Cavern into a Haiti relief benefit, complete with raffle and merch table donations to the Red Cross. They'll be joined by Nestor Wynrush, Len Bowen, and Rob V.
The West End Cultural Centre is putting on a Haiti Relief Fundraiser on February 11 featuring performances by The Weakerthans' John K. Samson, Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta of The Wailin' Jennys, and Daniel ROA. Advance tickets are $15. Donations to Partners In Health will be collected throughout the event and charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations over $10.
If you know of other Haiti benefit concerts taking place in Manitoba, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure they get in the Live Music Calendar.