Finger Eleven headlining ‘Hamilton For Haiti’
Spate of local music fundraisers in the works
January 19, 2010
Internationally famous rock band Finger 11 will perform a benefit concert for Haiti in the Studio Theatre at Hamilton Place on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Also on the lineup will be Hamilton blues guitarist Steve Strongman, Juno-winning rocker Tomi Swick, local urban reggae band Dodger, the Kevin MacLean Band and Finger 11 offshoot Blackie Jackett Jr.
The fundraising concert is being produced by Kevin MacLean and Finger 11 drummer Rich Beddoe.
“Finger Eleven did a benefit for tsunami relief a few years back, so they want to do something for Haiti in the same way,” said MacLean. “It’ll be an intimate rock show, sort of like a stag and doe. We’re calling it Hamilton For Haiti.”
Tickets for the show are $30, available later this week at the Copps Coliseum box office or through Ticketmaster (905-526-7666 or ticketmaster.ca). All proceeds will go towards Haiti earthquake relief. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Finger 11 — a band that started in Burlington and went on to score worldwide success with the hits Paralyzer and One Thing — are working in a New York City studio, recording their next album.
The concert is one of several local shows being organized for earthquake relief.
– On Sunday, Jan. 31, an all-star benefit featuring Feist, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Brian Melo and many other artists is being planned for Hamilton Place’s Great Hall. Tickets are $25 and the event is co-sponsored by The Hamilton Spectator.
– A smaller benefit — Hamilton Helps Haiti is also taking place Jan. 30, at the Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William St., featuring Christopher Clause, Mike Trebilcock, Steve Sinnicks, Ray Materick, Alfie Smith and Kelly Grrrl. That show starts at 2:30 p.m. and continues til closing.
— A marathon show — From Hamilton to Haiti — is also being organized at the Crown Plaza Lincoln Alexander Centre (150 King St. E.) for the weekend of Jan. 23 and 24, with local musicians performing from noon each day and through the evening. Ticket price is $10.
— As well, a benefit show is being held at the Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association Community Centre (754 Barton St. E.) on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., with suggested donation of $10.