Vale is launching a new community initiative called the ‘Vale Concert Series’, in support of the Sudbury Food Bank. The series of five concerts will begin in May and be held throughout the summer at The Grace Hartman Amphitheatre.
All shows begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free to the community. Monetary donations to the Sudbury Food Bank will be welcomed.
“This is the first event of its kind for Vale and we are thrilled to be bringing such wonderful Canadian talent to Sudbury for our community to enjoy, while supporting such a worthy cause,” said Kelly Strong, Vice President, Mining & Milling (North Atlantic) and General Manager of Vale’s Ontario Operations. “We sincerely hope that members of the community come out to enjoy this concert series and this incredible talent,” added Strong.
The Concert Series will feature award winning, top-tier Canadian talent. The concerts have been produced and managed by Bob Bale, a 2011 recipient of the Sudbury Food Bank ‘Hubby Award’ for his charitable work to help feed those in need in the community. Travelodge Hotel is generously providing accommodation for the artists.
Performers in the Vale Concert Series are as follows:
- Wednesday May 9: Dave Gunning, an outstanding singer /song writer with nine critically acclaimed CD’s to his credit. He was recently nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year. In addition to many other awards, he has two Canada Folk Music Awards and six East Coast Music awards to his credit.
- Wednesday June 20: Canadian success story, and Juno-nominated group Hemingway Corner. If you enjoy the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, you’ll love Hemingway Corner.
- Wednesday July 18: Two time Juno Folk nominees the Marigolds, whose diverse musical style has been a hit at concerts and festivals across Canada.
- Wednesday August 15: Six time Canadian Country Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Wendell Ferguson, and Canadian original, Katherine Wheatley,
- Wednesday September 12: Eleven time Juno Award winning musician and song writer Murray McLauchlan with two-time Juno Award nominated musical gem Cindy Church.
“This unique idea will help feed the hungry during the summer months when our shelves are often empty,” said Geoffrey Lougheed, Chair of the Sudbury Food Bank. “This is a wonderful partnership of a caring and talented artistic community joining one of the food banks longest and strongest partners, Vale. The outcome will be a group of entertaining evenings for all who attend, and a legacy of a hand up for our hungry neighbours."