Heartland, Loverboy stars join locals in Slave Lake fundraiser
Tuesday, Jun 07, 2011 06:00 am
The $1,800 collected at last Tuesday’s benefit concert will be going to the Red Cross to assist in relief efforts for the people of Slave Lake.
Event organizer Shannon Trentham received last-second news that Chris Potter of the CBC television series Heartland and Paul Dean of Loverboy would join the benefit’s already star-studded lineup.
“I knew that the talent would be great, but it was such a great atmosphere. All the artists sat on the stage and played together. It was more like a jam session,” said Trentham.
“We just got raves about all the artists that were there.”
“It was incredible,” said OHS Principal Tom Christensen.
“We had a TV star and two Canadian icons – the original pioneers of Canadian rock – on the stage with our local talent. I just can’t believe who was up there.”
“(Paul Dean) just showed up at the last moment and jammed along with everybody. I mean, this is the guy who wrote Turn Me Loose and some of the great Loverboy classics.”
Overall, Trentham was happy with the roughly 150 seats that were filled.
“It went over so well. We’re really pleased. It was really good entertainment.”
“You always wish with something like this that more people come, but we’re grateful for the ones that did. Thank goodness for those 150 that came,” said Christensen.
Shannon and Dani-Lynn Trentham and Phil Richard would like to thank the many artists who contributed their time and talents to attend the benefit.
They would also like to extend their gratitude to all the local businesses and contributors that made the evening possible.
“I’m blown away by how much support there was in the community for Slave Lake,” said Trentham.
The following are the businesses and individuals who contributed to the event, with their contribution in parentheses:
Olds High School (theatre and crew); Olds College (programs); Canadian Pizza Unlimited Olds (dinner for artists); CKFM Radio (promotion); Olds Albertan (promotion); Tim Hortons Olds (coffee); Sobeys Olds – (cookies and water for intermission); Staples (promotional posters); Didsbury Review (copies); Wells Gray Enterprises Ltd. (dinner for artists); Jodi Schmidt (artists' stools); Dereck Doi (sound); any other volunteers we may have missed!