Peterborough Musicians Band Together Against Homelessness

March 5 concert benefits United Way agencies supporting housing, shelters

Melissa Payne. Photo: Bryan Reid.

Peterborough’s vibrant music community is uniting in harmony to combat homelessness.

Fifteen acts will perform March 5 at Showplace Performance Centre, with all of the event’s proceeds going to United Way Peterborough & District agencies that support housing and shelter initiatives.

Elyse Saunders

The event, Peterborough Performs: Musicians Against Homelessness, features an impressive line-up and reflects an overwhelming response from local musicians and bands, says Paul Rellinger, Peterborough Performs: Musicians Against Homelessness event producer and organizer.

“I think it’s going to be a real celebration of local music and at the same time not losing sight of the purpose of the event to raise as much money as we can,” Paul tells Electric City Magazine.

Peterborough Performs: Musicians Against Homelessness features The Weber Brothers Band, The Austin Carson Band, Melissa Payne and Kate Suhr, Danny Bronson, The Three Martinis, The Peterborough All-Star Band fronted by Rick and Gailie Young, Hilary Dumoulin, James Higgins, Jacques Graveline, Elyse Saunders, Tami J Wilde, Phil Stephenson, Nick Ferrio, Victoria Pearce with Mike Graham, and Jake Dudas.

The Weber Brothers Band

The four-hour show encompasses simultaneous performances occurring on the David Goyette stage and in the Nexicom Studio. “We hope people catch as much of the music as possible,” Paul says.

The event will also feature a silent auction.

Money raised from the evening will be directly funneled into local housing and shelter initiatives.

Working with United Way Peterborough & District campaign chair David Goyette, Paul, who’s well-connected to the Peterborough music scene, compiled a list of about 40 musicians to approach about participating in the event. He picked up the phone and, in no particular order, called the first 15 artists on his list. They all said yes.

The Austin Carson Band

“The musicians were really keen to support this initiative,” he says. “It’s a great community and I love the people who call this community home.”

Homelessness continues to be an issue locally and received increased attention in 2019 with public demonstrations in Peterborough.

From an awareness point of view, the event is important as it keeps the need for shelter and decent housing top-of-mind, Paul notes.

“We have 700 tickets to sell and we’re confident we’re going to sell them all at one point.”

Tickets are $50.

The show starts at 7 p.m.

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