Singing for Wounded War­riors Canada

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NOT­TAWA - “What will they think of us?”

That’s the ques­tion asked in “100 Years from Now – Songs of the Great War” a mu­si­cal jour­ney through the First World War, cre­ated and per­formed by Colling­wood’s Ship­yard Kitchen Party band.

The one- night only per­for­mance takes place to­day ( Fri­day) at Not­tawa Me­mo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, who have also of­fered their sup­port to this event, with pro­ceeds go­ing to Wounded War­riors Canada, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing Canada’s ill and in­jured armed forces mem­bers, vet­er­ans, first re­spon­ders and their fam­i­lies.

The show com­bines orig­i­nal songs and archival pho­tographs with the story of a fic­tional fam­ily that sends two sons to the western front. A sec­ond story line traces with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween iconic Cana­dian painter, Tom Thom­son, and his love in­ter­est, Win­nie Trainor. Thom­son died mys­te­ri­ously in Al­go­nquin Park in 1917.

“The Canada we know to­day was fun­da­men­tally shaped 100 years ago by the Great War,” says direc­tor, Julie Le­Blanc. “At the same time as men and women were defin­ing it on the bat­tle­field, a great artist was revealing it to us on can­vas. This show hon­ours both of those con­tri­bu­tions, in sup­port of a very wor­thy cause.”

Since its cre­ation in 2006, Wounded War­riors Canada has quickly grown to be the coun­try’s lead­ing, wholly in­de­pen­dent, Vet­eran’s char­ity fo­cus­ing on men­tal health. Its pro­gram­ming will ex­ceed $ 1.8M in 2017, fund­ing a di­verse ar­ray of ini­tia­tives, from PTSD ther­apy to tran­si­tion and skills train­ing.

Scott Maxwell, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of Wounded War­riors Canada com­mented, “These kinds Ship­yard Kitchen Party fea­tur­ing John Ea­ton, left, Sacha Law, Ja­son Mur­phy and Julie Le­Blanc per­forms Songs of the Great War, a mu­si­cal jour­ney through the First World War, in a fundrais­ing con­cert for the Wounded War­riors Canada Fri­day evening at the Not­tawa Me­mo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. of lo­cal fundrais­ers high­light the kind of strong com­mu­nity- based sup­port that drives our na­tional fundrais­ing and, in turn, makes our men­tal health pro­gram in­vest­ments pos­si­ble. We’re grate­ful for ev­ery dol­lar con­trib­uted.”

Ad­vance tick­ets for the show can be pur­chased on­line at www. face- book. com/ ship­yard­kitchen­party, at Ap­peal Bou­tique or Thurst- T’s Cy­cles in Colling­wood or by phon­ing Julie Le­Blanc at 705- 446- 6547. COLLING­WOOD – As Cana­di­ans come to­gether to­day to re­mem­ber and honour those who have served their coun­try, the war- time con­tri­bu­tions of an­i­mals will also be rec­og­nized with the lay­ing of a wreath by a vol­un­teer with the Ge­or­gian Tri­an­gle Hu­mane So­ci­ety dur­ing the Na­tional Re­mem­brance Day Cer­e­mony in Colling­wood.

“To­day is a somber day, but a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion, as the So­ci­ety for­mally hon­ours the brav­ery and ser­vice of an­i­mals in wartime,” said Sonya Re­ichel, ex­ec­u­tive di­re­cotr. “We re­flect on the sac­ri­fices of our vet­er­ans who have served Canada and the coura­geous an­i­mals that have stood by their side in times of war and peace.”

Plac­ing the wreath dur­ing the cer­e­mony will be GTHS vol­un­teer, Bar­bara Foster, who will be proudly wear­ing the On­tario SPCA’s new An­i­mals in War pin along­side her poppy. The com­mem­o­ra­tive pin was launched this year by the On­tario SPCA to honour the wartime con­tri­bu­tions of an­i­mals. For each pin sold, $ 1 will be do­nated to the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion to sup­port vet­er­ans.

A va­ri­ety of an­i­mals have served dur­ing times of war. Mules car­ried ar­tillery, horses trans­ported troops and hauled field guns, pi­geons de­liv­ered cru­cial mes­sages and dogs served as mes­sen­gers, med­i­cal as­sis­tants, bomb de­tec­tors and search and res­cue work­ers. To com­mem­o­rate their con­tri­bu­tions, an An­i­mals in War Ded­i­ca­tion was un­veiled in 2012 in Ot­tawa’s Con­fed­er­a­tion Park.

WASAGA BEACH - To honour and cel­e­brate those vet­er­ans who have served, or are serv­ing our coun­try, The Ro­tary Club of Wasaga Beach will host a Vet­er­ans’ Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon, Mon­day at the Rec­plex Oakview Hall in Wasaga Beach from 12: 30 p. m. to 1: 30 pm, Ro­tary mem­bers will be serv­ing a com­pli­men­tary lun­cheon and re­fresh­ments for vet­er­ans and one guest. Please RSVP to Ro­tar­ian An­gela at 705- 429- 4292 or an­ge­lapiercey@ hot­mail. com.

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