Smoke Meat Pete must-at­tend char­ity event

Must-at­tend char­ity event on Satur­day, Nov. 25th

Montreal Times - - Front Page -

Grab a ta­ble at Smoke Meat Pete’s on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25th for the Mon­treal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal char­ity event.The Stone Doc­tors will per­form an acous­tic set start­ing at 3:30pm, fol­lowed by Pete’s own band, Smokin’ Pete & Hawk power hour at 5pm. The main event be­gins at 8pm with The Stone Doc­tors play­ing The Rolling Stones favourites. A long time in the mak­ing, Me­lanie and Pete are ex­cited to open their doors for the chil­dren’s char­ity. “It is close to our heart,” says Me­lanie. “I think chil­dren’s health is one of the most im­por­tant things. We’ve been try­ing to do this for a year now, and were fi­nally able to set a date to get The Stone Doc­tors to Mon­treal.”

The Stone Doc­tors first played in Mon­treal in 2001.The orig­i­nal band in­cluded two or­tho­pe­dic sur­geons, one of which, Ian Dickey, com­pleted their res­i­dency at the Mon­treal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. They chose to play The Rolling Stones be­cause it al­lows them to prac­tice on their own time around their sep­a­rate ca­reers. Plus, it’s a house­hold favourite.

While some have come and gone over the years, the cur­rent mem­bers still play The Rolling Stones mu­sic. They are Shaina Bro­fen, lawyer; Marc Dore, in­vest­ment bro­ker; Natasha Caron, mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tor; Dan Gideon, engi­neer; Mark Hig­den, pho­tog­ra­pher; Randy Shute, fur­ni­ture dealer; and Garry Ci­ambella, part­ner in his soft­ware com­pany. They play across Canada and the United States for char­ity only, and have raised over $241, 660 to date.

Smoke Meat Pete’s event is 100 per­cent char­ity. “Ev­ery­thing is go­ing to the kids,” says Me­lanie. “This event gives us the op­por­tu­nity to lessen the strain on chil­dren and their par­ents. We told them to give it to where it is needed the most.” Aside from a min­i­mum do­na­tion of $10 at the door, Smoke Meat Pete’s is or­ga­niz­ing si­lent auc­tion and 50/50 prizes with the help of lo­cal spon­sors.

The goal is to raise $5000 for the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. “That would be amaz­ing,” Me­lanie says. The pos­i­tive re­ac­tion they have re­ceived so far has ev­ery­one in high spir­its to reach this goal, while promis­ing a fun night for ev­ery­one who at­tends. “We’ve got some things up our sleeves to make it a fun night!” Although they can­not take any reser­va­tions for the event, Smoke Meat Pete’s ex­pects a full house.

Help Smoke Meat Pete help the chil­dren of Mon­treal by stop­ping in through­out the day. With sets all day long, there’s no ex­cuse to not be there.“If peo­ple aren’t able to come at night, they can still at­tend in the af­ter­noon to en­joy the live mu­sic,” says Me­lanie.

Me­lanie and Pete wel­come the pos­i­tive re­ac­tion they have re­ceived al­ready as they ea­gerly pre­pare for the big night. “It’s ex­cit­ing to be do­ing this be­cause we do­nate all the time. It’s fun to be the ones host­ing the events,” she says.“We are look­ing for­ward to it!”

The Stone Doc­tors at Smoke Meat Pete’s on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25th for the Mon­treal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal char­ity event

Smoke Meat pete’s sig­na­ture sand­wich

Me­laine and the Prime Min­ster -You never know he may show up! ‘Noth­ing Beats Pete’s Meat’

Pete do­ing his thing in the kitchen

By Jil­lian Clark mtl­

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