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West Island Blues Festival fund-raising event will benefit local community organizations


Carolyn Fe performs during a press conference attended by Dollard-des-Ormeaux (DDO) Mayor

Ed Janiszewski (left rear), DDO Councillor and West Island Blues Festival organizer Errol Johnson,

and Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough Mayor Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, to announce a fund-raising

event on May 28 for Alzheimer Groupe Inc. (AGI), Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest de l’Ile (AJOI) and

the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA).

In keeping with its mandate to help local non-profit community organizations, the annual West Island Blues Festival has announced a new partnership with Alzheimer Groupe Inc. (AGI), on Monday, May 11. The announcement was made during a press conference at the Caribbean Tasty Treats restaurant attended by Dollard-des-Ormeaux (DDO) Mayor Ed Janiszewski, Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough Mayor Dimitrios (Jim) Beis and DDO Councillor and festival organizer Errol Johnson.

Linda Israel, AGI Executive Director, said the organization is pleased to have become a part of the West Island Blues Festival, which over the past 12 years, has raised more than $80,000 to help several non-profit community groups, including the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, the West Island Women’s Shelter, the West Island Palliative Care Centre and the Portage Foundation. In addition to AGI, which is dedicated to providing a full range of support services designed to enhance the lives of people touched with Alzheimer Disease and related disorders, proceeds collected from this year’s charity event will also go to help Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest de l’Ile (AJOI) and the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA).

Johnson said the blues festival was first started to help WIBCA but they decided to expand their reach after the first year to help out other community organizations in need of financial assistance. And as the blues festival has expanded their reach throughout the region with their philanthropic ventures, so too has the festival become a much-anticipated free annual event open to the general public.

This year’s free West Island Blues Festival concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at the Dollard-des- Ormeaux Park at 12,000 De Salaberry Boulevard. The line-up of artists includes Freddie James, Carolyn Fe and Mike Goudreau, who has performed nine times at both the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Tremblant Festival de Blues.

The fund-raising event itself will be held on Thursday evening, May 28, with the collaboration of the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, at the Pierrefonds Cultural Centre, 13,850 Gouin Boulevard West. The main attraction is the Rusty Hip Shakers, featuring Sarah Dagenais Hakim. Cocktails will be served from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the fund-raiser are $100 each and tax receipts will be issued. For more information, call Errol Johnson at (514)718-0890 or (514) 620-0554, or AGI at (514)485-7233.

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