"In The Can" - A Musical Fundraiser for Children's Aid Foundation
When Toronto songstress Melissa Lauren found out she was expecting a baby, it was a wonderful surprise to say the least. But what came as more of a surprise was the instant shift from within: suddenly, everyone was a baby in need of mothering. As someone who always shied away from children this was a jarring adjustment. In an attempt to productively deal with the (sometimes disproportionate) maternal instinct, Lauren bringing her best asset forward, and calling on her musical friends for a night of song.
“In The Can”: A Musical Fundraiser for Children’s Aid Foundation will feature some of the city’s finest singers and songwriters showcasing some of their best new work. Taking Place at Hugh’s Room on January 19th the show will feature Laila Biali, Barbra Lica, Lori Cullen, Devin Cuddy, Alex Pangman, Genevieve Marentete, Ori Dagon, Whitney Ross Baris, Darcy Windover, Annie Bonsignore, The O'Pears, Jessica Stuart, Melissa and more, backed by a house band of Nathan Hiltz on guitar, Tyler Emond on bass and Dave MacDougall on drums.
The idea is to invite the singers to showcase a yet to be released song, workshop it so to speak, or debut something on it’s way in or out of the recording studio (hence, in the can.)“ These are some of my favourite singers in the city, and many have said they have the perfect song for this project. Some may even write something new…I would love to turn this into an annual event.” says Melissa. “ I have some personal ties to Children’s Aid, and this seemed like the right time to do a non-vanity project..finally! “
The Children's Aid Foundation is Canada's leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth involved with the child welfare system. It supports and delivers a broad range of high-impact programs and services that directly serve vulnerable children and youth across Canada. Its programs address the many complex needs in the four key needs areas of education, healing and recovery, enrichment and prevention. Children's Aid Foundation works in partnership with over 60 child welfare agencies and youth-serving partners Canada-wide to impact its target population.
With proceeds going to the CAF, the night will feature two sets of songs, some surprise guests, and a silent auction.
“The first time around, all I can hope for is to have some fun, support each other as musicians, and make some money for a great cause. As emotional an issue it is, I plan on making the evening fun, joyful and sprinkled with laughs.”
“In The Can” takes place on January 19th, 8:30pm at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street. Ticket’s are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and can be purchased by calling (416) 531-6604 or visiting www.hughsroom.com.