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Monday October 3rd, 2011

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Pat Robataill is one of the many artists playing an Oct. 13 concert and Nov. 26 after party with The Trews to raise money for The Breast Ride Ever.

Preparing for its Stick It To Cancer event, The Breast Ride Ever is getting help from local artists.

With two Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) games, an after party featuring The Trews and skate with players in November, the organization is warming up with a concert on October 13. Hosted at The Blind Dog, admission is a minimum donation of $5.00 and a canned good for the Downtown Mission.

Proceeds will benefit The Breast Ride Ever Sticks It To Cancer on November 26 and 27, which in turn helps support the Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation and The Hospice Of Windsor & Essex County. Keeping funds local, the event also features many artists from the area, including Pat Robataille and his sister Jackie.

“[Pat]is one of the most talented musicians I have seen come out of Windsor in a long time,” said the event organizer, who wished to remain anonymous. “Whenever he is in town I make sure to go out to see him …one night when he was playing at The Phog downtown he had this lady open for him that had an amazing voice. I found out later that it was his Sister Jackie. Now when she plays Windsor I try to make it out to see her also. I guarantee when the people hear them play they will want to come out and see them again.”

Georgia Rose, 13-year-old Adelaide Burrows and Madeline Doornaert, will make their Blind Dog debut as well. Both girls (who write their own music and rework cover songs) have performed publicly since they were three, appearing in venues as large as the WFCU Centre and Joe Louis Arena. Also on the bill are Glen MacNeil with his band (BJ Laub, Scott Carscadden and Mark Underwood) and Sarah Smith.

“I first heard [Smith]sing in London at a bar called Norma Jeans, where her band The Joys were opening for Crash Karma that night,” he said. “I could not believe the sound of this band but especially the sound of Sarahs voice. I met her the next time at The Blind Dog in Windsor where I had the opportunity to talk to her. We have become close friends since then and she even came down to play at Jeff Burrows 24 Hour Drum Marathon. Once we could come up with a date for this fundraiser, they were in.”

A perfect storm of planning, the event grew out of the organizer’s desire to see Pat and Smith play a gig together. Meeting The Breast Ride Ever’s co-founders Nikki & Anne Campeau in the summer, their ideas began intersecting and he agreed to hold a fundraiser: The result is this showcase of local talent.

People coming to the October 13 event can meet the musicians and buy their CDs. Organizers will also be selling tickets for the November 26 CWHL hockey game after party. That concert will feature The Trews and all performers from the October event – advance tickets will be $23. The opportunity to purchase admission to both CWHL fundraiser games on November 26 & 27 will also be available.

In addition to giving many local artists more exposure, the goal of these concerts is to help two dedicated women raise awareness and money for an important cause.

“I have always been a big supporter of Local and Regional bands that are out there playing sometimes Five times a week, following there dreams,” said the event organizer. “I hope this gives them some more exposure to show just how talented they are. Most of all it’s to make the people of Windsor aware of this Great Organization though and their Breast Ride Ever Sticks It To Cancer Hockey event. ALL the money they collect stays LOCAL and – Anne and Nikki, well what can I say? They’re two of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting.”

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