Hamilton Syrian Refugee Benefit – Friday June 3rd
May 10, 2016 at 2:22 pm #15354
Gonna try my dam-nest to get a ticket and go. 4 hours in a church – Sheesh – my butt and agnostic soul will be hurting.
The organizers of Supercrawl are hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help youth programming for local Syrian refugees with a benefit concert on Friday, June 3, headlined by American alternative rock band The National.
The “Welcome to Hamilton” concert will also feature performances by local musicians Max Kerman of the Arkells, Terra Lightfoot and Crystal Journey, as well as Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene and Toronto singer-songwriter Hayden (a.k.a. Paul Hayden Desser). Also on the bill is Syrian-born musician Mother Tareka, a local youth worker, MC and multi-instrumentalist.
The benefit, hosted by broadcaster and Hamilton resident Ralph Benmergui, will be held at the 850-capacity New Vision United Church, 24 Main St. W. in downtown Hamilton, with tickets going for $100 each.
Supercrawl festival director Tim Potocic said all participants are donating their time and talent to raise funds for music, arts and recreation programs for Syrian youth who are newcomers to Hamilton. The funds will be dispensed by Wesley Urban Ministries.
“We’re confident the show will sell out quite quickly,” Potocic said, adding that he expects the licensed concert to be more than four hours in duration with many of the musical artists bringing “special guests.”
The National is a five-piece indie-rock band based in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a loyal following on both sides of the border. In 2014, the band sold out three consecutive nights at Toronto’s Massey Hall. The National is also headlining the annual Field Trip Music & Arts Festival in Toronto’s Fort York on June 4, the day after they perform in Hamilton.
Potocic said The National was brought into the project by Brandon Reid, a Hamilton resident who is also the band’s manager and a member of the Supercrawl music committee.
“The concept was really born by Brandon and his wife Amanda who wanted to do something for refugees coming to town,” Potocic said. “We’ve been trying to get The National to play Supercrawl for years, but the timing has never worked out.”
Reid, a Hamilton native who spent much of his adult life working in the music business in Philadelphia, returned to settle in the city about two years ago. He said he personally viewed the plight of Syrian refugees at a camp in Calais, France, while touring Europe last year with The National’s frontman Matt Berninger.
“All members of this community should do what they can to help welcome these people here,” Reid said. “What I can do is put on a rock concert.”
Canada has welcomed nearly 27,000 Syrian refugees to date, with Hamilton settling roughly 1,200 of those, more than half of them children.
“We all felt that it was best that the funds go to youth,” Potocic said. “They need to be helped and integrated into the community.”
“Welcome to Hamilton” tickets go on sale Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. online through Ticketfly.com. Tickets will also be available through retailers Dr. Disc, 20 Wilson St.; Revolution Records, 166 Ottawa St. N.; and Picks & Sticks Music, 140 Locke St. S.May 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm #15358
Fuck. sold out in a matter of seconds.
Oh well. Not like have not seen the bands before. 😉June 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm #15360
If helps any welcome hamilton twitter feed is periscoping parts of the concert. not the same but if interested…..band retweeted the news few days ago. and still tickets for field trip, $95 a pop.June 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm #15361
If helps any welcome hamilton twitter feed is periscoping parts of the concert. not the same but if interested…..band retweeted the news few days ago. and still tickets for field trip, $95 a pop.
Man, they sounded so good on that Periscope feed. Peggy O is a live gem. Really hoping for a video of the 2 new songs they played. Long live THE NATIONAL!June 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm #15362
I Need My Girl
Peggy-O (Grateful Dead cover)
Sometimes I Don’t Think (New Song)
The Day I Die (New Song)
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
Yeah hoping for videos of the two new songs!June 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm #15363
The livestream ends just before the new songs 🙁June 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm #15364
They played them both last night as well… Please let there be videos soon!!
The National at the Historic Fort York, Toronto, ON, Canada
Don’t Swallow the Cap
I Should Live in Salt
Sea of Love
Hard to Find
Afraid of Everyone
I Need My Girl
This Is the Last Time
Sometimes I Don’t Think
The Day I Die
Vanderlyle Crybaby GeeksJune 5, 2016 at 8:57 pm #15365
The Day I Die has a youtube link now from the Hamilton show.June 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm #15366June 7, 2016 at 3:26 am #15369
Here’s Sometimes I Don’t Think:
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