Cornwall Ontario — What do you get when you combine a birthday party, the best musicians around and a local charity? The 3rd Annual Jamming for Hospice, of course! The Annual Jamming for Hospice was held on November 16th at the Agora Center (the old Nativity Hall) from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Patti Edwards, the event’s main organizer was inspired by her friend Paul Herrington August 2012 when he informed her he was ill and missed jamming with his buddies. Patti visited with a friend Reg Menard at Hospice in his final days of life and thought that Hospice was a wonderful, peaceful environment for someone to live out their final days. Patti found out that Cornwall Hospice, a 10-bed palliative care facility that provides end of life care to the Eastern Counties, relies a lot on donations and so, she put the idea together with help from Paul and many other musicians to host this annual fundraiser.
The first year they honoured Reg Menard and $500 was donated with the help from 20 musicians and as many patrons. Paul Herrington died Christmas day that same year, having been able to Jam with other musicians which put a smile on his face and in his heart.
One year later, in November 2013, Paul Herrington was honoured with over 20 musicians including the friends Paul missed Jamming with; Ed Lauzon, Trevor Walsh and Paul Deslauriers. Over $2,500 was raised for Cornwall Hospice along with almost $1,500 for Dean Laponsee. It was a magical and inspiring day.
Fast-foward one year to November 16, 2014 and the event had more than doubled raising $5000 through the ticket sales, a Silent Auction, donations, 50/50 draw and door prize and other ticket draws. And, if that weren’t enough, all guests were treated to a delicious turkey and ham meal with all the trimmings cooked by chef Paul Leger (from The Glengarrian Pub).
Patti Edwards is still the main organizer but along with the help of friend Naomi Lamarche, Alison Wonderland (Volunteer Coordinator with Cornwall Hospice and local musician with the Alison Wonderland Band) and Rene Martin (Owner of King Street Percussion), this year’s event featured 4 live bands including Rock Bottom (a 5 piece Rock band featuring Amanda Leger, Matt Mitschke, Ryan O’Neil, Ron Labelle and Stephane Lefebvre), FrontRow (a 5-piece rock cover band with members from Kingston, Ottawa, and three from Cornwall), Alison Wonderland Band (www.AlisonWonderlandBand.com) (featuring Alison Hudson , André Piette, Jason Graveley, Daryl McGillivary and Clark Wereley) and The Trevor Walsh Group (thetrevorwalshgroup.com) featuring Gary Lalonde (Bass player with Honeymoon Suite). The show also featured accoustic performances by Jason Graveley (multi-instrumentalist, songwriter/performer from Cornwall), Robert Cote, Quiet Moments (a cocktail/jazz guitarist with over forty years’ experience), Peter John Fortin, (musician for over fifty years), Chuck Leclair (local musician and host of open mics and music workshops), Randy Toupin and Carey B. Grant (singer-songwriter from St. Andrew’s West with his own YouTube channel).
Legendary local drummer Roy Nichol (now on tour with April Wine) was also onhand to perform a phenomenal drum solo that left everyone speechless. The soundboard was manned by Larry Sylvain and Sylvain Sound and Rene Martin of King Street Percussion was also a big help with the stage setup and drum kit making sure everyone sounded spectacular. It is worthy to note that all of the performers at the Jamming for Hospice event donated their time and their talents to provide the entertainment. “You can never go wrong when talent comes fully equipped with a giving heart.”
If you missed this year’s event, please plan to check the Jamming for Hospiece website at http://www.jammingforhospice.com/ and mark your November 2015 calendar so you can plan to attend the 4th Annual event!