5000 MILES: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES A group of Elora/Guelph/Kitchener performers have joined together to present a benefit concert in aid of Syrian refugees. Burlington impresario and artists manager Robert Missen put the call out to all of his Facebook friends when the tragic circumstances in Eastern Europe came to a head. He wondered if they would be interested in participating in a special concert to provide financial support to the cause. The reaction was swift and decisive. Missen and his local colleagues Peter Skoggard from Elora, and, Brenda Lewis and Barbara Anderson-Huget from Guelph, put the call out to Elora churches. The response from Knox Presbyterian was instantaneous. The church will provide the use of the sanctuary for the concert and will support the presentation of the event from marketing and logistical perspectives. Musicians from all genres - classical, jazz, folk, blues, musical theatre - will come together at 7:30 pm on Saturday November 28th. They will be joined by a number of theatrical and dance artists. All of the artists will be donating their services. At this juncture they include Matt Brubeck, James Gordon, David Earle, Tony McManus, Heather Taves, Willem Moolembeck, Brenda Lewis & John Zadro, Ben Grossman, Colin Fox, Lorretta Bailey, Marion Samuel-Stevens, Rein Rutnik & Rob Morris, Deborah Overes, Anna Ronai, Dylan Paycak & Daley O'Keefe, Jerry Prager and Morvern McNie. All proceeds will be directed towards the Presbyterian Refugee Fund. The national church will match these funds. 5,000 Miles is but one of several similar benefits that are being held across southern Ontario in November. The first concert was held at Rosedale United Church on Sunday November 8th , and was a huge success. Tickets: Adults $20; Age 8-18 $10. Available in Guelph at The Bookshelf, the Shepherd’s Pub in Elora, Roxanne’s in FergusTickets Save
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Originally from eastern Ontario, BRENDA LEWIS is what is known as a "natural singer". For over t...See Full Bio
"Jazz singer Brenda Lewis is the rare type of musician whose best instrument is herself. The woman has a voice that is both powerful and controlled and confirms that the best days of jazz - of Etta James performing at smoky New Orleans’ pubs - are not over. What makes Brenda Lewis so impressive isn’t only her natural talent but her years of experience. She has been singing professionally for twenty years in all genres - in gospel, funk, R&B, and as part of country/blues duo, Lewis & Molesworth. Last weekend, Lewis played three slots at the Waterloo Jazz Festival, an incredible success."