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Hope to see lots of you skanks there! Tickets are on sale now. :) Please come out and support this!

Musicians converge for a benefit concert to aid the people of Burma.

Bob Wiseman

Monkey Junk (featuring Tony D and Steve Marriner)

The Murder Plans

Host: Comedian Rick Currie

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Barrymore’s Music Hall

323 Bank Street


9pm/19+/$15 advance

In response to the tragic events following the recent devastating cyclone in Burma a concert has been organized to raise funds for a country in need. Some of Ontario’s finest performers have offered to donate their talents to an excellent evening of entertainment at Ottawa’s premiere music hall, Barrymore’s. All proceeds will go directly to Canadian Friends of Burma and The Humanitarian Coalition .

In addition to his reputation as a prolific producer, filmmaker, and avant-garde pianist, Bob Wiseman is arguably one of the country’s most talented songwriters, with a discography that includes eight solo recordings on top of the work he’s done with artists such as Blue Rodeo, Edie Brickell, and John Oswald. With his thought-provoking social commentary Bob Wiseman is an apt addition to the evening and is sure to capture the spirit of the event.

Tony D is Ottawa’s Dean of the Blues. For decades he has been developing his talents before growing audiences both at home and abroad. He has recently teamed up with Canada’s preeminent harmonica player, Steve Marriner, to create a new band, Monkey Junk. While the Tony D Band was busy wowing audiences on his many tours of Europe and playing in Bosnia and the Middle East for the troops, Steve Marriner was busy touring the world stealing the show night after night onstage with Harry Manx. Together as Monkey Junk, Canada’s most invigorating blues players have created a world-class sound that is infectious and undeniable.

The Murder Plans are fairly new on the Canadian musical landscape, but their Brit-pop sound that blends the Talking Heads with the Clash leave them with a style that is at once familiar and unnervingly catchy. Instantly memorable and immensely danceable, the Murder Plans are quickly emerging as a campus radio phenomenon through their recently released eponymous EP.

Cyclone Nargis struck the southwest coast of Myanmar on Saturday, May 3, 2008 with wind gusts up to 240 k/ph. Current figures are estimating that over 1.5 million people have been severely affected, with as many as 100,000 feared dead and more than one million people homeless. Communication lines have been badly damaged and road travel is difficult. The challenges to aid workers in this area are great but with help the obstacles are not insurmountable.

The Humanitarian Coalition is a coming together of four Canadian humanitarian relief organizations, CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada, while Canadian Friends of Burma is an ongoing organization dedicated to providing support from within Canada for the struggle toward democracy and human rights for all the peoples of Burma. Both are respected and established charities that are focused on helping where help is needed most. All proceeds from this event will go directly to these two organizations. Canadian Friends of Burma will have an information table set up on site.

Advance tickets available at:

-The Aloha Room, 323 Bank Street, (613) 233-0307

-Compact Music, 190 Bank Street, (613) 233-7626, and 785 ½ Bank Street, (613) 233-8922

-The Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street, (613) 730-2887

-Vertigo Records, 193 Rideau Street, (613) 241-1011

-Canadian Friends of Burma, 145 Spruce Street, (613) 237-8056

-Online at www.ticketweb.com

For more information please contact Heather Forbes at phorbesie@yahoo.ca or call (613) 231-7533.

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Nice job Heather!

Zaphods' webpage has a great resource section with links to the local media. Some of them are out of date, but there is lots to go on there. I bet the CBC shows would get behind this and help you promote it, specifically Ottawa Morning and All in a Day.

ps. hope you don't mind - i used your name and email to submit the show listing for punkottawa's listings.

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I know I said this in person but I just had to share how impressed I am with you Heather. The event was so well planned, had quality talent and quality auction items.

So many times people (myself included admittedly) don't do anything either because they don't care or they believe that their actions as a single being can't impact larger scenarios. You have proven to me that one person, if they are caring, concerned and determined enough really can make a difference. I am SO proud of you. Thank you for enlightening me to the situation in Burma and providing me an outlet to help.

Oh and on a side note: Bob Wiseman is amazing. I've seen him before and it was certainly memorable, but this was wildly different with the video accompaniment. It was a moving, charming, funny and musically satisfying set. Anyone who wasn't there missed something unique and special.

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