On November 5th in Calgary, AB the music community came together for the city's first annual Blankfest Calgary at the Blind Beggar Pub in support of the cities homeless and shelter The Mustard Seed.
Taking place from 2pm to 2am, twelve rock and Metal bands from the Calgary, Edmonton and as far Vancouver, BC offered their musical support to help raise awareness, funds and blankets for the homeless. With a show full to capacity, the event raised exactly $964.55 and at last count 200 blankets with donations still being received after the event.
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"I am overwhelmed at the success of our very first Blank-Fest Calgary. It is thanks to an incredible team that made this happen, so many people to thank, the list is very long! And I am so proud of the Indie Music community and their fans in Calgary for bringing it out, rocking it out and giving to those that are going to have an extremely long winter! You are all amazing! The night was so much more than we expected for our first year and we are already making plans for the 2nd Annual event!" commented Leanne Harrison organizer of Blankfest Calgary and tour booker at locally based SIN Agency.
All proceeds from Blankfest Calgary were donated to the cities Mustard Seed a non-profit organization that has been caring for the needs of the less fortunate since 1984, through its three centres across Alberta, and delivers basic services such as housing and employment programs to those in need and partners with the community to address the root causes of poverty.
"Blank-Fest was nothing short of amazing! The support we received was tremendous. The community came together to donate over 200 items of warm clothing and blankets and close to $1000 was raised to help Calgarians in need. We are extremely grateful for community leaders like Leanne who see a need and step right up to address it", commented Simone Brown of The Mustard Seed.
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