Rock 'n Blues for Children's Causes

Rock 'n Blues Information Page 

Integrity

The Rock 'n Blues is not a charity, instead it raises funds for charities that address the needs of children.  The charitable registration number you see on the bottom of the home page is the registration number of the charity we support.  The integrity of the Rock 'n Blues for Children's Causes is essential to running this event and it is extremely important to the organizers. Integrity is maintained through a number of safe guards.  The first is a letter of endorsement by McMaster Children's Hospital, Mac Kids, that both acknowledges that the event is sanctioned by them and gives an important overview of the type activities within the hospital that the funds will support.

The second is that the event is supported by its sponsors who cover all expenses.  This means that the full amount collected at the door and any additional donations go directly to McMaster Children's Hospital, nothing is spent on administration.  All expenses are either paid for directly by the sponsors or are invoiced separately based on an original bill of sale.  Third, door receipts are verified on site by Boston Manor based on the number of people admitted, and other donations over $20 are verified with  a receipt from McMaster Children's Hospital.

For Musicians and Bands

As the host band, North Shore Blvd provide all backline equipment including drums, numerous guitar amplifiers to address the sound of each band, 2 bass amplifiers, a  keyboard and keyboard amplifier (Robert of Cross Town Traffic also provides keys). Boston Manor provides the full p.a. system and sound technician.  Everything is miked.  The sound tech will take care of volume and balance, so it is important that musicians do not adjust the volume on the amps.  If anything needs to be louder or quieter on the stage, just ask the sound tech for more or less through the monitors.  All that musicians need to bring are their personal instruments such as guitars, effects pedals, harmonicas, sticks etc. 

During the event each band will have 25 minutes playing time and there will be a 5 minute changeover to the next band.  It is important that each band stay within their allotted time to keep the event running smoothly.

History

North Shore Blvd, in the guise of their former band, Wizened Old Men, have donated their time to many charitable causes over the years and, in particular, had participated in a number of car shows and beach parties organized by CKOC's Rock "N" Ray Michaels.  After a few years it was time to move on.  This left the band with no charitable activities on its roster.  At this point Kim, the bass player for Wizened Old Men, looked around for a suitable cause to support and decided that the best way to do that was to organize something himself.  The three necessities were: 1) a good cause 2) great music and 3) a venue with the necessary libations.   Boston Manor was approached to be the venue and they were very receptive.  Wizened Old Men then volunteered to be the host band based on the original plan that the event would be a jam.  The decision to hold the event on a Sunday was made so that it wouldn't interfere with the gigs of working musicians.  It was found that there were few solo musicians coming out to jam as most musicians came out as part of a band.  Hence, the format was changed to have bands play at the event and the jam format was dropped.

In the second year a young artist and singer named Morghan sang White Rabbit with Wizened Old Men, and the die was cast. Over the next year Morghan was fully integrated into Wizened Old Men which required the name change to Wizened.  Moving forward Wizened ceased to exist and out of the ashes North Shore Blvd. was formed.

Success

Over the last 8 years the Rock 'n Blues has raised over $17,000 for children's charities with over $14,000 going to McMaster Children's Hospital - Mac Kids - alone.

 

For more information contact: bluesbass@bell.net

For information about McMaster Children's Hospital:McMaster 

And thanks to North Shore Blvd for being the host band and supplying most of the equipment: http://www.northshoreblvd.ca