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Wilmot Terry Fox Run concerts go on the road across the township and beyond

  • Sunday, July 7: Juneyt and Sean Bertram; St Agatha.
  • Sunday, July 21: Drew Taylor, and Dana K and The Remedy; Baden.
  • Sunday, August 11: Dan Walsh and Laura Mae Lindo; Wellesley.
  • Tuesday, August 13: Tim Louis and Allister Bradley; Philipsburg.
  • Tuesday, August 20: Jesse Parent and Laura Mae Lindo; Baden. **DETAILS AND REGISTRATION**

The Wilmot Terry Fox Run is getting intimate with concerts that will visit homes across the township and beyond. The On the Road Concert Series, which begins in July, will have musicians performing for small audiences in people’s houses.

“This will allow people to feel closer to the music,” says WTFR co-organizer and Wilmot Ward 2 Councillor Cheryl Gordijk.

Concerts will feature two acts, and each act will play a 45-minute set before a small audience in someone’s home. The audience size is limited to the capacity of the host’s house, so people will have to register online in advance.

Some of the venues and performers have already been confirmed, with more events planned. In 2017 and 2018, five New Hamburg businesses hosted back-to-back fundraising concerts simultaneously in the Marathon of Shows one-day music festival. Gordijk says: “The concerts for our festival in the past couple of years didn’t raise as much money as we’d hoped. Live performances in homes are growing in popularity, so we think our fundraising total has the potential to go higher.”

Gordijk adds: “That event was concentrated in New Hamburg, but we’re the Wilmot Terry Fox Run. We want the whole township to be involved.”

Confirmed concerts will be hosted in St Agatha, Phillipsburg, New Hamburg and Wellesley. “When people heard what we were trying to do, they started to offer their homes as venues. We’re trying to accommodate everyone we can.”

The first gig, featuring Juneyt and Sean Bertram, will be on July 7 in the home of Al and Anne Fisher in St Agatha. Donations will be collected at the venue.

Juneyt is a Turkish-born flamenco guitarist and songwriter who has built a large, dedicated following with regular performances throughout Kitchener-Waterloo, the GTA and beyond. Bertram is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who performs jazz, pop and rock.

Bertram said on Facebook: “I’m so excited to be kicking off the Wilmot Terry Fox Run On the Road concert series with the incredible Juneyt. You won’t want to miss what I can guarantee will be a beautiful night of music for a great cause.”

Admission is by donation, and all the money raised will go to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research.

  • Sunday, July 7: Juneyt and Sean Bertram; St Agatha.
  • Sunday, July 21: Drew Taylor, and Dana K and The Remedy; Baden.
  • Sunday, August 11: Dan Walsh and Laura Mae Lindo; Wellesley.
  • Tuesday, August 13: Tim Louis and Allister Bradley; Philipsburg.
  • Tuesday, August 20: Jesse Parent and Laura Mae Lindo; Baden. **DETAILS AND REGISTRATION**
Tuesday, August 20: Jesse Parent and Laura Mae Lindo; Baden.

Remember to bring a lawn chair to our concerts. Weather permitting, they'll be taking place outdoors.

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