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Concert for Peace comes to Hudson Village Theatre

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Drumming up awareness for the non-profit 3rd Annual Concert for Peace - Concert pour la Paix that will showcase both local and internationally-renowned singers and musicians on stage at Hudson Village Theatre Saturday, November 28, are (left to right) HVT executive director Kalina Skulka, Jennifer Boire, Dave Devine, and Sonja Ball who, as co-producer, says, "Perhaps we need to channel any fear or hate and focus on the very real possibilities for peace."

As Paris is still reeling from the November 13 terrorist attack and war planes are flying above the Middle East, its timing could not be more fortuitous, say organizers of a concert for peace - featuring internationally-renowned and local musicians and singers - coming to Hudson Village Theatre for one night only, on Saturday, November 28.

Billed as the 3rd Annual Concert for Peace - Concert pour la Paix and as a non-profit initiative on the part of co-producers, Rigaud resident singer-actor Sonja Ball, and West Island published author and singer Jennifer Boire, it is a fundraiser on a 50-50 per cent basis for not only the theatre, but also The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), a non-profit peace organization based in the U.S. with programs all over the world including the Greater Montreal area. With a Gold Star Charity rating, says Ball, its mission statement is to ‘fulfill the fundamental human needs of food, water and peace, so that people everywhere can live with dignity, peace, and prosperity.’

Explained Ball, in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal this week, “Jennifer’s husband, guitarist Jacques Nolin, and I first met playing music over 30 years ago. That’s how we all came together. And during this time, we have come to appreciate the work of TPRF and we see a real place for its peace programs in the world today. We are offering this, our third concert event, as our way of bringing attention to the topic of peace and the Foundation’s very real efforts to that end. Each year, since starting out with the Hudson Music Festival with a concert under the big top at Jack Layton Park, we also involve local charity and humanitarian organizations and we are pleased to have partnered this time around with Hudson Village Theatre, itself a non-profit entity that does so much for the arts in our region.”

And what a stellar and eclectic line-up of artists will be participating in the fundraising concert. Including, on the local scene, Ball, Boire and Nolin, as well as drummer-showman extraordinaire Dave Devine from St. Lazare. From further afield, actor-singer Mike Dozier with his Ray Charles and Mowtown Tribute, soul singer Leslie ‘Snooky’ Alston, harpist Ian Hepburn, jazz keyboardist Charles Guerin with bassist Adrian Vedady, and critically-acclaimed classical and flamenco guitarist Michael Laucke, who will appear with his flamenco dancer and another guitar accompanist, recently described by a music critic in the New York Post as ‘Canada’s top guitarist and one of the top guitarists in the world today.’

Asked why she felt that the concert is particularly timely right now in light of what has happened in Paris in recent days?, Ball replied, “Perhaps we need to channel any fear or hate and focus on the very real possibilities for peace. I really believe that peace organizations like TPRF that are reaching out to people everywhere, can make a difference.”

Tickets for the Concert for Peace, November 28 at 8 p.m. are $25 plus tax and can be reserved by calling Hudson Village Theatre Box Office at (450) 458-5361.

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