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Thornhill Teen Hosts Charity Concert

Significant funds raised for SickKids Hospital

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: June 29th, 2011 in Culture » Society » Events

Thornhill Teen Hosts Charity Concert

For over 150 teenagers and young adults, this past Sunday was a night to party. On June 26, many kicked off the summer with style, by attending a benefit concert for SickKids Hospital at The Garage, located near the intersection of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West. By the end of the night, over $1500 were raised for the oncology department at the hospital.

The concert was completely organized by Jonny Friedman, a recent graduate of TanenbaumCHAT. For the past five months, Friedman has dedicated his time to planning every aspect of the concert, which he chose to simply title, The Event.

“I’ve wanted to plan a charity concert for a while,” Friedman told Shalom Life. “I was a part of one a couple years ago that wasn’t played at the best venue so I wanted to try again at a bit of a different, more local venue.”

The Event was headlined by talented student performers from high schools and universities. It featured numerous student bands such as Chasing Charlie, A Recipe for Disaster, Mirrelia, The Elephants, Neon Grey and Cause and Defect. The types of music played by these groups varied between punk, pop punk, grunge, progressive, progressive alternative and progressive hardcore.

“In the beginning I didn’t know almost any of these bands,” says Friedman. “I basically went on to different social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace and tried to look for people who had some music up online. I sent a bunch of emails to the ones that sounded good.” Friedman jokes that he even pitched the idea to some famous groups. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a response.”

In addition to the bands, there was also a solo performance in the evening by singer, Rayna Korolnek, who treated the crowd to “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” as well as her own original song. Korolnek, whose music had a very different yet pleasant vibe than the rest, says it was a pleasure to sing for the crowd.

“We’re all here to support SickKids. All my friends are here to support me and other bands and everyone here tonight. It’s a great event. Everyone’s enjoying themselves and having a great time, while supporting a charity at the same time.”

The same sentiment was shared among the band members who came out to perform.

“This is our first big gig and it’s great to have it for charity. That’s a huge benefit,” said Michael Friedman, the bassist of Cause and Defect.

“We wanted to start something off for charity and SickKids is a great place to do it,” concurred drummer, Eli Vandersluis, Michael’s fellow band member.

Following the concert, Magen Boys Entertainment led a dance party for all to enjoy. Other festivities that evening included bracelet sales, a silent auction for a painting and a raffle for the chance to win go-karting passes, a purse or a ukulele.

Friedman emphasized that the chance to raise money for such a worthy cause made all the hard work that went into planning The Event worth his while.

“With a charity event you get a lot of people coming out to show support. All charities are good and it’s really hard to choose one. But when I was thinking about a good charity to raise funds for, I felt in my heart that I wanted SickKids to be the place where the money goes. This is a fantastic feeling. A lot of the planning was difficult but when push came to shove everything came together and it worked out.”

If you would like to make a donation to SickKids Hospital and add to Jonny Friedman’s fundraising project, contact Jonny at jfriedman93@hotmail.com.

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