After successful music-themed fundraisers in recent years, the Wilmot Terry Fox Run (WTFR) has taken the next step by releasing a new CD, called “Terry Fox: On the Road”. The disc is a collection of 14 songs that were donated by performers. CDs are $15 each, and they’ll be sold at local community events throughout the year. 100% of proceeds from sales will go to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.
Songs were donated by: Allister Bradley; Drew Taylor; Juneyt; Avery Raquel; Sean Bertram; Twas Now; Durham County Band; Sarah Smith; Vicki St. Pierre, Nancy Knowles, Charlene Nafziger, Erin Bardua; James Downham; Tim Louis; Meghan Gilholm; Tim Thurman; Rebecca Binnendyk. The musical genres featured include country, folk, roots, pop, flamenco, jazz and gospel.
Performers donated 14 songs for the fundraising CD, "Terry Fox On the Road". Digital master assembly was by Juno award-winning music recording engineer, John "Beetle" Bailey.
Most of the recordings already existed and appeared on the artists’ own albums. However, Meghan Gilholm recorded her song “The Village” exclusively for “On the Road”, and the Twas Now track is an acoustic version of “Hard Times Come Again No More”, which was performed with a full band on their own album.
Nigel Gordijk, who organizes the WTFR with his wife, Cheryl, said his first task was to get in touch with the Foundation to find out if this type of fundraiser was allowed. “We always check with them if we come up with an idea we haven’t seen before.” The Foundation’s Executive Director Britt Andersen and Director of Marketing and Communication Katherine Koyko both gave their blessing, so Gordijk contacted some of the artists who played at the WTFR’s “Marathon of Shows” music festival and “Concert For Terry” to see if they would contribute.
As the disc’s liner notes: “We began by reaching out to local musicians, but then social media did what it does best; it helped us connect with other like-minded people, several from beyond Waterloo Region. Tim Thurman got wind of our project on the country music grapevine and offered us one of his songs, all the way from Nashville, TN.”
Kitchener singer-songwriter Drew Taylor offered four of his songs to choose from. Gordijk polled local Terry’s Team Members - cancer survivors who take part in the WTFR - and they voted for “Piece of Beach” as their favourite.
Jazz singer Avery Raquel was eager to be involved, donating her composition, “Hold On To Today”. She says: “The song was written for a friend of mine whose aunt was going through Stage 4 cancer. She was like a mother to him, and he was having a hard time. I hope it brings the feeling of courage to others when they hear it.”
The album’s title was chosen because it alludes to Terry Fox’s run, and also, Gordijk adds, “I’m guessing most people listen to their CDs in their cars these days.”
Gordijk, who is a graphic designer, created the CD’s design for free. Producing 200 discs and packaging cost several hundred dollars, and that expense was covered by New Hamburg residents and business owners Greg and Marie Voisin. Their patronage makes it possible for 100% of the CD’s price to be donated to the TFF for cancer research.
Most of the songs can be previewed on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY--SP8JP7I.
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Please contact the Wilmot Terry Fox Run for details or to order a CD. Mail order is not available, but the WTFR will deliver orders in person within Wilmot.
Nigel Gordijk (Wilmot Terry Fox Run Co-organizer): firstname.lastname@example.org; 519-569-9551.
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