Sunday, March 17th, from 3:00pm to 6:30pm, is the first ever Maples For Vimy St. Patrick’s Day Gala. In attendance are some Canadian music legends, Veterans organizations and more. For $30.00 a ticket ($40.00 at the door), there’s a lot to check out, and for a good cause.
If you’re unaware of the Maples For Vimy Program, it’s quite inspiring. Started locally in 2011, the program involves planting 500 Canadian Maple trees, creating Living Memorials of Honour at Vimy Ridge and its surrounding communities. It also provides a cultural exchange opportunity between Canadian, First Nations and French youth, most notably Guides and Scouts. It’s a renewable, environmentally friendly way to honour the service and memory of veterans of past, present and future.
“By doing this, we’re honouring the memory of our veterans and helping to restore the environment with these Living Memorials” – Paul Gagnon, Director of the Maples For Vimy Program
“By doing this, we’re honouring the memory of our veterans and helping to restore the environment with these Living Memorials”, Paul Gagnon, Director of the Maple For Vimy Program, explains. “These memorials are planted at 17 sites where Canadian soldiers were deployed during the historic battle.”
Since it began in 2011, the program raised approximately $140,000. The funds helped send 50 Canadian scouts, guides and young veterans to participate in the planting of these Living Memorials.
“We’re on the right track to where we want it to be,” says Paul. “I’m beyond thrilled it’s accomplished what it has to date. We still have a little bit more to do and the funds raised at this gala will go a long way to help us complete the project.”
With displays, auctions, special presentations and live music, the gala promises to inform, bring cultural perspective and, most of, all, entertain.
What you can expect
What’s more, the fundraiser will also feature acclaimed Canadian musicians and artists.
Who can you expect to see? Scheduled to appear are: Laura Gagnon (award winning singer/songwriter) and Mister E, Myles Goodwyn (of April Wine), Dale Russell (of The Guess Who), Catherine McKinnon (Canadian actress/singer), Gary Martin (of the Funk Brothers), Jesse Grandmont (acclaimed Canadian violinist), John Rowlands (world renowned London-based freelance music photographer), members of Team Canada ’72, and more.
This event is separate from the JUNOS. For those looking to spectate the JUNO Awards, Cowboys will televise the ceremonies from their HD big screen monitors.