Home­com­ing for Blaine

Ja­son Blaine hosts fifth an­nual Night with the Star Char­ity Con­cert at PMC Tues­day night

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - CÉLINA IP

With sup­port from other artists and friends, Ja­son Blaine hosted his fifth an­nual Night with the Stars Fundraiser Gala to ben­e­fit his home­town.

Tak­ing place Tues­day night at the Pem­broke Me­mo­rial Cen­tre, hun­dreds of Blaine’s friends and fans filled the arena to en­joy an evening the star-stud­ded en­ter­tain­ment in the name of char­ity.

Born and raised in Pem­broke, Blaine ex­pressed that he loves or­ga­niz­ing the an­nual ben­e­fit show as it’s his way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity where he was raised.

“We’re a very gen­er­ous com­mu­nity and over the past four years we’ve raised more than $300,000 that all goes to sup­port var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions in Pem­broke like the Boys and Girls Club, Al­go­nquin Col­lege and the Pem­broke Le­gion – to name a few,” said Blaine. “It’s been a lot of hard work and a labour of love on ev­ery­body’s part – I couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port of the many gen­er­ous spon­sors and com­mit­tee mem­bers.”

Along with the char­i­ta­ble as­pects, the coun­try mu­sic star said that the event serves as his an­nual home­com­ing and a beau­ti­ful op­por­tu­nity to hon­our and re­visit his roots.

“I moved away from Pem­broke in 2001 but I grew up here and these are my stomp­ing grounds. I wanted to give back to the home­town that has been cheer­ing me on through my ca­reer the whole time,” said Blaine. “So my whole vi­sion for this event was to be able to bring some of my amaz­ingly talented artist friends to my home­town, throw a big party, play some golf and have some fun.”

Join­ing Blaine for this year’s mu­si­cal lineup was The River Town Saints, JoJo Ma­son and Pet­ric – with The West­ern Swing Au­thor­ity sup­port­ing the evening ’s per­for­mances as the show’s house band.

While The River Town Saints have been a main­stay at the con­cert, this was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the lat­ter two.

Nom­i­nated for the 2017 Ris­ing Star award at the Cana­dian Coun­try Mu­sic Awards, JoJo Ma­son is swiftly steal­ing the Cana­dian coun­try mu­sic scene and has four top-10 sin­gles to his credit in­clud­ing his cur­rent hit, Edge of the Night

Win­nipeg’s Pet­ric, the broth­erly duo of Ja­son and Tom Pet­ric, has found its stride with sev­eral hits in the past year, in­clud­ing the re­cent smash sin­gle 18 Ends. In 2017, the brothers re­leased their sopho­more al­bum 18 Ends un­der Dallas Smith’s record la­bel, Steel­head Mu­sic.

The brothers ex­pressed that this they’re hon­oured to be in­volved in this year’s event and to have the op­por­tu­nity to work with Blaine.

“We had a show with Ja­son Blaine a few years back and a cou­ple of my friends have played in his band, so we grew up be­ing mas­sive fans of his,” said Ja­son Pet­ric. “We’re very lucky to get to be a part of this event and it’s kind of a dream come true to be hon­est.”

Fol­low­ing the Nights with the Stars Gala, the good times will keep on rolling on Wed­nes­day as Ja­son Blaine and his fel­low mu­si­cians will be host­ing their Celebrity Char­ity Golf Clas­sic at the Pem­broke Golf Club. cip@post­media.com

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

Broth­erly duo Pet­ric, a ris­ing coun­try mu­sic act hail­ing from Win­nipeg, were among the star-stud­ded lineup for Ja­son Blaine's Night with the Stars Gala on Tues­day night. Brothers Ja­son (left) and Tom had a chance to get a feel for the acous­tics of the PMC Tues­day af­ter­noon with a sound check ahead of the main event.

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

Ja­son Blaine lit up the stage at the Pem­broke Me­mo­rial Cen­tre for his fifth an­nual Night with the Stars Gala on Tues­day night.

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