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Local musicians come together in support of Nelson Cares

Bill Lynch has teamed up with Nelson CARES Society to present his new CD ‘Would You Speak on My Behalf’ at the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, October 17th where he will be joined by 16 world renowned Kootenay musicians. Tickets on sale at the Capitol Theatre box office are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, show starts at 7:30 p.m,. doors at 7 p.m.

The Kootenays have a very rich history of the arts and music supporting the greater community good.

“At Nelson CARES we want to live in a caring community where affordable housing is available to those who need it. And this, our 5th annual fall concert, is an invitation to the community to support our affordable housing efforts. Thanks to Bill and these amazing musicians for making this possible," said Ron Little Board President, Nelson CARES Society.

Well-established musicians have been drawn here for various reasons, some obvious, like the Selkirk Music School, and some not so apparent - that maybe we should just put down to ‘the Kootenay culture’. The area somehow not only draws these musicians, but it breeds and fosters the artists who support the diverse community around then and in turn get supported by that community.

"For me this is not just a CD release, it is also a celebration of some of the incredible musical riches that we find ourselves surrounded with in these mountain valleys and we're also celebrating the amazing successes of Nelson CARES in their efforts to reduce homelessness," Lynch said.

Other musicians joining Lynch include:

  • Donnie Clarke played with many of the musical world’s luminaries, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole among them, before finally settling in Riondel - and continuing to play (still beautifully) into his eighties.
  • Noemi Kiss performs in many of Europe’s concert halls, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, The Czeck Republic and Israel. She works with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Washington National Cathedral, among others. But most of her time is spent at her home in Argenta where she raises goats and a large garden.
  • Allison Girvan has worked with The Vancouver Chamber Choir, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and as a vocalist for radio, T.V., and feature film including the PBS special, “A Time to Remember”. She has toured and recorded with the Canadian Celtic Tenor, John McDermott. She now lives in Nelson where she teaches and performs.
  • Don Macdonald has composed the scores to some of Canada's best known independent feature films with gala screenings at major festivals; Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes. His scores to "Kissed" (1997) and “ Fido” (2007) earned him Genie nominations and his opera score for Cannes Film Festival winner, "Shoes Off" was recognized as "...one of the most compelling original scores attached to any Canadian film, ever..." (Vancouver Province). He has worked with many of the major studios including 20th Century Fox and Lions Gate Films. He lives in Nelson where he also teaches and performs.

Nelson CARES and the rest of the community is also celebrating Bill’s collaborative CD as well as the socially and musically rich society on Wednesday, Oct 17th at the Capitol Theatre.

Photo Caption: Bill Lynch (far left) will release his new CD during a night of local music in support of Nelson Cares at the Capitol Theatre.