Count­down to the New Year with the Work­ing Class Band

New Year’s Eve con­cert in sup­port of Antigo­night

The Casket - - Local - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­[email protected]­cas­ket.ca

Still won­der­ing where to go to ring in the New Year?

How about the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Ar­ras Branch 59 in Antigo­nish, lo­cated in the East Coast Credit Union So­cial En­ter­prise Cen­tre, where you can say so long to 2018 and hello to 2019, to the mu­sic of one of Antigo­nish’s favourite mu­si­cal acts – the Work­ing Class Band.

Tick­ets for the 19 and older New Year’s Eve party are avail­able at Antigo­nish 5 ¢ to $1 Store and the le­gion, with part of the pro­ceeds from the event go­ing to­wards Antigo­night: Art af­ter Dark Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val, put on by Antigo­nish Cul­ture Alive (ACA), takes place an­nu­ally in the fall, at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in down­town Antigo­nish.

ACA board chair Sarah O’toole, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the New Year’s Eve event, said the Work­ing Class Band has “gen­er­ously of­fered to help us with fundrais­ing through­out the year.”

She noted this will be the first time Antigo­night folks will be host­ing an event in the newer le­gion space.

“The sound is great, the dance floor is awe­some,” she said, not­ing or­ga­niz­ers are look­ing for­ward to get­ting into the space to dec­o­rate and “Alex [Cameron, le­gion man­ager], Jeff [Teas­dale, Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Liv­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor] and the gang are great to work with.”

“In ad­di­tion to the dance and con­cert, we’ll run a 50-50, a coatcheck and peo­ple can make do­na­tions; so any­one look­ing to get a char­i­ta­ble tax do­na­tion in by the end of 2018 will have a chance,” O’toole said.

“We do get great fund­ing from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the province and fed­eral govern­ment, but we also need to demon­strate com­mu­nity sup­port, as all these things do,” she added.

“We have re­ally gen­er­ous spon­sors for the fes­ti­val in Septem­ber, but these fundrais­ing pieces re­ally go a long way to help us be­gin to plan and we’ve al­ready started plan­ning for next fall and

who will be in­volved there.”

Rip­ple ef­fect

O’toole noted re­cent me­dia sto­ries, one un­for­tu­nate and one pos­i­tive, are re­minders that although Antigo­night hap­pens for a night or two in the fall, it gen­er­ates ideas and ac­tions which res­onate through­out the year.

The un­for­tu­nate story O’toole noted was the pi­ano dam­aged out­side of the Peo­ple’s Place Li­brary. It was first set-up in the lo­ca­tion for a fes­ti­val and the de­ci­sion was made to keep it there for com­mu­nity en­joy­ment; an ac­tion which was hap­pen­ing un­til the re­cent van­dal­ism.

The more pos­i­tive story was the blan­ket be­ing raf­fled by the Knit­ters and Spin­ners group with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Friends of the Antigo­nish Li­brary (FOAL), who sup­port the Peo­ple’s Place Li­brary.

O’toole talked about the group’s connection to Antigo­night.

“Knit­ters and Spin­ners orig­i­nated out of the li­brary and we’ve al­ways had them in­volved in Antigo­night in some way. They’ve ‘yarn bombed’ dif­fer­ent pieces of down­town in­fra­struc­ture – park­ing me­ters, street lamps,” she said as an ex­am­ple of the group’s past par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“This year, the group leader El­iz­a­beth Glinz wanted to let them come up with their own pro­ject. So the idea for this Antigo­night was; they would bring the spin­ning wheels and spin wool into yarn and knit a square of the blan­ket. Some of the group were able to do this all in one night, some a lit­tle longer.”

Just two ex­am­ples of how Antigo­night is reach­ing the po­ten­tial its founders en­vi­sioned, O’toole noted.

“When the fes­ti­val was started it was about pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see what art medi­ums are avail­able and peo­ple are do­ing, and we al­ways wanted it to be­come more than just the fes­ti­val,” she said. “[Have it] about peo­ple gen­er­at­ing ideas and hav­ing projects con­tinue.”

For more on ACA and Antigo­night, visit the web­site antigo­nish­cul­ture­alive.ca and re­spec­tive Face­book pages.

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The Work­ing Class Band will help peo­ple ring in the New Year at Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Ar­ras Branch 59 in Antigo­nish, lo­cated in the East Coast Credit Union So­cial En­ter­prise Cen­tre.

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