Songs For Shelter at Union Hall
Thursday, Jan 05, 2017 06:00 am
With housing a serious issue more than ever in the Bow Valley, it doesn’t take one long to imagine the added hardship of being an isolated and new resident of the valley with little or no options for a safe haven to turn to during a domestic crisis.
To help address that problem, the second annual Songs For Shelter event will take place on Jan. 13 at the Canmore Miners’ Union Hall. The event will once again feature the music of Mike Petroff, Pat “Sully” Sullivan, Gord March and Julia Lynx to help raise funds and awareness for the Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter.
“I’ve just written another song and Julia and I did a song last year called “I Wish You Enough,” said Petroff. “I wouldn’t say we wrote it for the event, but it sure fit, so we debuted it last year at this event. It went over well, so we’ll play it again this year, and a new song will be performed at this year’s event, entitled “Emily’s Necklace.”
His fellow musicians jumped at the chance to once again take part in raising proceeds and awareness for the local YWCA programming.
“They’re longtime friends as Julia is now; Julia actually worked at the Y when she first moved to the valley, so it’s near and dear to her,” Petroff said.
Residents in the valley know the housing crisis that faces the community, especially those in need in dire situations, where time is of the essence in averting harm. All proceeds from the second annual event will go directly towards the YWCA Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter, a crucial safe space needed in times of domestic and family crisis.
“It’s a trickle down of any progressive area – the Okanagan, Whistler, Tofino – where if you talk to people that live there and ask in a snapshot what’s going on there, ‘oh we’re having problems with our sewage and water and housing issues and we don’t have a women’s shelter,’” said Petroff.
“And then you ask at the next place and they say housing and no rental places and unaffordable and dependent on the service industry; it’s kind of nation-wide.
“Lafarge donated $2,000 last year, and will be part of the event this year, it’s a nice kickstart to the night. The money helps with operating costs and studies. It’s also an opportunity to network with likeminded community members in the new year while raising proceeds for a much needed and important cause.”
A Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter is slated for 2020. The shelter is being proposed for a Canmore location, due to available properties, suitable resources and facilities, with the town offering the availability of growth into the future.
Petroff pointed out the last thing you want is for a family having to travel to Calgary in such a time of need, especially when children are also involved. It hits home how crucial the need is in the area for a local emergency shelter in the valley for its own community members.
Advanced tickets for Songs For Shelter are $20 and available at March’s Flooring (#12 - 102 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore), Shoes T’ Boot (105 - 713 Main St., Canmore) and YWCA Banff (102 Spray Ave.). Doors open at 6 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. The night will also include a 50/50 draw, door prizes and a cash bar. Proceeds donated to the Bow Valley Women’s Emergency Shelter.