Award-winning singer Rhonda Head was busy travelling throughout Canada the previous few weeks, however when she heard how individuals in Manitoba First Nations are nonetheless recovering from October’s damaging snow storm, she knew she had to assist.
That is why she organized the Winter Storm Profit Live performance on the Pyramid Cabaret in downtown Winnipeg Thursday evening.
“When the storm occurred I used to be in Vancouver,” stated Head, who’s based mostly out of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, simply north of The Pas.
“Then after I got here house and had seen all of the Fb posts of how devastating the storm was right here in southern Manitoba … I stated ‘Oh my goodness, I would like to assist out our individuals.'”
That was solely two weeks in the past.
A live performance connoisseur
Head stated she’s no stranger to planning profit live shows on the fly. Through the years, she’s developed a template that helps her whip them collectively shortly and on a budget. Her template features a checklist of performers and sponsors she will name on a second’s discover.
Greater than 15 artists answered her name and carried out professional bono, together with high Manitoba expertise like Desiree Dorion and JC Campbell.
The Pyramid equipped the venue totally free and greater than 30 organizations and companies, together with Manitoba Hydro, chipped in to placed on the occasion.
All proceeds are going to the Southern Chiefs Group’s 2019 winter storm emergency aid fund, created to assist evacuees get again on their ft after shedding freezers filled with meals and incurring different prices from the storm’s harm.
1000’s had been evacuated from Manitoba First Nations following the storm, which dumped a moist, heavy blanket of snow over the southern half of the province, crippling a big swath of Manitoba Hydro’s energy grid.
Singer and hand-drummer Darryl Buck, additionally from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, was the primary artist to carry out.
He started with an authentic music he stated was about “honour and life and simply being there for one another.”
“There was lots of people that went again house with their houses destroyed,” Buck instructed the gang.
“And it was actually heartbreaking to see some private buddies of mine undergo that onerous time … so I attempt to assist out as a lot as I can.”
Head stated she did not set a selected fundraising goal. With little to no overhead, she was largely targeted on bringing individuals collectively for a very good trigger.
“It has been an extended two weeks,” she stated.
“I am just a little bit drained, however I am actually excited for the night to play out.”