An In­stru­ment for Ev­ery Child

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - PHO­TOS BY SCOTT GARD­NER, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

The Shawn & Ed Brew­ing Com­pany in Dun­das was hop­ping Thurs­day night as the Hamil­ton Mu­sic Col­lec­tive held its an­nual fundrais­ing gala to sup­port its pro­gram, An In­stru­ment for Ev­ery Child. AIFEC pro­vides ac­cess to mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and mu­si­cal in­struc­tion for more than 450 in­ner-city el­e­men­tary school­child­ren. The gala fea­tured per­for­mances by Darcy Hep­ner’s R&B All-Stars, Mary McKay and Genevieve Mar­entette and fea­tured Grammy Award­win­ning singer David Clay­ton-Thomas, best known as the lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears. The event raised $25,000 for AIFEC.

Above left: Mary McKay, left, per­forms ac­com­pa­nied by backup singers Alyssa Gi­ammaria, Aoife-Louse Doyle and Leah Korkowski. Above: Aisha Bar­row and Vasya Mykyteiek en­joy the mu­sic.

Left: Darcy Hep­ner’s R&B All-Stars per­form at the AIFEC fundraiser Thurs­day.

Left: Genevieve Mar­entette sings with David Clay­ton-Thomas.

Top: Drum­mer Rick Grat­ton man­ages to wave for the pho­tog­ra­pher and not miss a beat.

Above: Astrid Hep­ner, AIFEC pro­gram di­rec­tor/in­struc­tor, opens the show.

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