Montreal Gazette

Kiss fan gets funding

- JASON MAGDER jmagder@montrealga­zette.com Twitter: @OffIslandN­ews

For a Senneville resident and avid Kiss fan, news this week that a 40th anniversar­y tribute album got the requisite funding to get off the ground was doubly sweet.

He’ll make an album celebratin­g his favourite band, and raise thousands for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson.

Mitch Lafon, a rock journalist, is spearheadi­ng the project. He submitted it to Pledge Music, a crowdfundi­ng site for music projects, and reached his goal last Tuesday — a week earlier than the original deadline.

Lafon is mixing the album together, and has used his contacts to canvass well-known rock stars, like Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, to take part.

The Pledge Music campaign will raise $5,000 for the residence, but Lafon is already on pace to raise more than that.

Fans can pre-order the CD on the pledge Music site, and as of Tuesday, the campaign had already raised 109 per cent of its goal. All the extra money raised will go right to the residence, Lafon said.

Although the money will benefit the local community, there has been a paltry local response, with only four Quebecers among the first to order the CD, Lafon said.

“If it weren’t for Americans, this album won’t be made,” Lafon said.

Richard Mainville, executive director of the residence, said when the CD is pressed in August, the residence will sell CDs on site and through supporting businesses.

“This is a new way to raise money for us,” said Mainville, who said the centre raises most of its money through gala events or golf tournament­s. “We find this very exciting. Now, we’ll be on iTunes, and the CD will be available in 14 countries.”

If the residence succeeds in selling all 1,000 CDs Lafond has committed to press, it could raise as much as $15,000.

Mainville said it’s key for the residence to find new avenues of fundraisin­g because 60 per cent of its $1.8-million annual budget depends on donations.

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