“In The Can 3”:  Singers for Children’s Aid Foundation 

A dozen of Toronto’s acclaimed songwriters come together in an evening of unreleased musical debuts, for a special cause. 

                         Lula Lounge, Toronto, February 2018 

 It’s been three years since local Toronto songtress, Melissa Lauren, became a mother, undergoing the usual transformations one does when becoming a parent.  The instant shift from within, the nurturing. However her shift was a little disproportionate , somewhat jarring adjustment for someone who never really felt connected to children:  suddenly, everyone was a baby in need of compassion . In an attempt to productively deal with the helpless feelings attached to postpartum depression, Lauren brought her best assets forward and called on musical friends for a charitable night of song, with proceeds going to a charity closer to the singer than she realized.  

                  “When deciding on a children’s charity, I basically researched which had a wide and diverse outreach. I have a contact at Catholic Children’s Aid Society and so it seemed like enough of a reason to choose the organization. “ 

The kismet curveball was thrown when Melissa found out that Children’s Aid Foundation was involved in her own adoption 38 years ago.  “In The Can” must be in the cards. 

The launch of the annual fundraiser was a magical night, and featured some of the city’s finest singers and songwriters showcasing some of their best new, and mostly unreleased work. Laila Biali, Barbra Lica, Devin Cuddy, and Alex Pangman, to name a few. The idea was 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”.) 

                   “I expected a special night, but what happened was magic.  I couldn’t believe the  degree of connection, heart and vulnerability that the musicians put forward.” 

This year, some new and exciting guests will be joining the roster of returning artists. 

A stellar band of Nathan Hiltz, Tyler Emond and Dave MacDougall will be backing up some of Toronto’s finest songwriter’s; Lily Frost (who wrote the theme song for Gemini award winning “Finding Erica”, Daniel Greeves of  the multi-platinum selling band, The Watchmen, Ori Dagan, Julie Neff, and Heather Luckhart, to name a few. 

                  “The thing that I love, is that now many of the musicians are challenging themselves to write songs for the event, months in advance!” 

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.  It’s 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, and a silent auction, with items donated from Long and McQuade, The Koffman Academy of Music and Dance, Secret City Adventures, Goodlife Fitness and more. 

                 “ This past year has seen even more connection to Chlldren’s Aid, with the foundation being involved in helping many close to me.  So far we have raised $8000 for the 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 February 27, 7:30pm at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.   Silent Auction Begins at 7pm. Ticket’s are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased through eventbrite.ca: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/melissa-lauren-12661787397 

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