July 31st, 2012 by woody
The National Capital Craft Beer Festival is happening August 10-18. The week’s event details and ticketing info can be found HERE!
At NOON August 18, The CHEZ 106 Hosers will kick off an awesome day of music and beer tasting at Marian Dewar Plaza (City Hall).
More details coming..
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July 11th, 2012 by woody
Yup! You read the headline right! Details soon but we are doing a major fundraiser for breast cancer in advance of the Run For the Cure in September.
This will happen in Packenham on September 15th.
Just had a meet at LOVE THAT BARR in Packenham where it’s all gonna happen.
Jacked about this. Gonna be fun!!!
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June 14th, 2012 by woody
This Saturday, June 16th, I’m taking part in the 2012 Walk For ALS.
For those unfamiliar, it’s a debilitating disease that systematically deteriorates the person’s motor skills, limiting their ability to move, speak and, ulitmately, even breathe.
This is a cause very close to me and it would mean the world if you could support me with an online donation.
Simply click HERE.
I’ve raised around about a third of my goal in cash donations so far and have just set up my online page.
May 31st, 2012 by woody
The Tifosi Motorsports Club membership is made-up of enthusiasts from all types of motor sports… from Exotics, to Classics, to Muscle Cars, to Formula Race Cars to high performance Go-Karts. On these occasions, they come together to share their passion and cars (& motorcycles) with the community while also raising some vitally important funds for high risk children of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
The Ottawa Chapters of the Ferrari Club, the Capital Corvette Club, the National Capital Karting Club, the Motorsports Club of Ottawa, the Chelrods (Chelsea Hot Rods) JAGUAR CLUB, CAPITAL COREVETTE Club, HIGHWAY 43 CLUB and others will make this Tifosi Motorsports Club 5th Annual Edition of out TIFOSI SUMMER ROLL-OUT OF TOYS for the Children’s Wish Foundation a success once again, because they care!
Sunday will be a day for both supporters of Children’s Wish AND auto enthusiasts and their families at St-Anthony Banquet Halls & Conference Centre at 523 Preston Street (by the Queensway overpass) where a Pasta Lunch will also be served.
For Individual tickets ($25 – Adults, $10 for Children under 12) and Corporate tables ($300) are available in limited numbers. Contact Clubhouse Organizing Committee Chair, Enrico Valente – (613-720-4640) or e-mail: email@example.com) for information regarding this event and to provide prizes or Sponsorship support for the event.
These people are non-profit and simply auto enthusiasts…. to have people like this giving to the community the way they do is more than a bonus…. it’s a “God-send” to Ottawa. Please support this very worthy effort.
April 24th, 2012 by woody
Sunday’s “BANDS FOR BREATH” Helene Campbell benefit and organ donor drive was a cymbal crashing success at Greenfields Pub with over 600 supporters attending throughout the day. The place was at or near capacity for the entire eight hour event with over $7600 raised to support the Campbell family (a Barrhaven Community Association pancake breakfast brought in $3000 the day before) as well as several organ donor registrations.
Admittedly, it was an emotionally charged event with Helene’s father, Allan and siblings, David and Elizabeth in attendance. Additionally, several organ donors, recipients and advocates shared their most personal life, death and near-death experiences. So, it was important that the entertainment remained upbeat, energetic and fun. And rock out we did!!
My heartfelt thanks to my fellow CHEZ106 HOSERS, THE DURTZ, TRACY’S POINT, THE AIRLINER BLUES BAND, THREE TIMES LUCKY, WHERE’S MIKE, my band PLAN B, and Luc Langlois’ RUCKUS. All performed with energy, mirth, tremendous talent and passion for good o’ rock n’ roll!!
Additional thanks to Mayor Jim Watson and Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod for appearing and saying a few words and to the awesome staff and sound crew at Greenfields.
Huge thanks and kudos to organizer Luc Langlois for his hard work in setting up this event as well as the many volunteers. Awesome effort.
It’s also important that we thank the area businesses who generously donated awesome prizes and services for the cause. A full list can be found on Luc’s RUCKUS band page. Please check it out!
TWO IMPORTANT NOTES:
If you DIDN’T make the day’s event on April 22nd, you can STILL help by making a donation to the Helene Campbell Trust at any BMO branch in Ottawa – site the transit (branch) #3843 and account #3989-639.
This week, BTW, (April 22-28) is National Organ Donor Awareness Week… PLEASE EXPLORE!!!
April 5th, 2012 by woody
UPDATE: Helene went into surgery last night for the transplant. Developing….
A wonderful girl suffers from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and she’s advocating organ donations for anyone anywhere for any need. Why wouldn’t she?
Helene Campbell needs a
double-lung transplant. She’s been in the media lately with her attempts to
raise awareness for organ donation – Justin Bieber got involved on Twitter and, more recently, Ellen Degeneres interviewed her on ELLEN.
Her website/blog, http://www.alungstory.ca provides details and also gives her periodic progress updates.
A friend of mine, Luc Langlois, whose band Blind Dog Willy (among others) has helped me in the past with community causes, sent me the following::
“Hélène is a former student of mine (I’m a high school English teacher by
day). A lot of the community involvement for Hélène has been focused on raising awareness for organ donation
But now it’s Hélène’s family that needs our help.
She and her mom have had to move to Toronto to be close to the hospital for whenever (if ever) donor lungs become available.
Her mom had to leave her job to be with Hélène; her dad and the rest of the kids are still here in Ottawa. As you can imagine, maintaining a home in Ottawa and having to rent an apartment in Toronto is a very expensive proposition, especially given the significant loss of income where her mom’s employment is concerned.
Hélène’s family is in need of immediate financial assistance.
My school is doing what we can to raise funds, but that won’t even come
close to meeting the need. Something needs to be done on a much grander
scale. That’s where you come in.”……
SO HERE’S WHERE I COME IN:
Luc and I have been working hard to rally the troops to put together an entertaining day of fundraising at GREENFIELDS PUB & EATERY on Sunday, April 22nd and I believe it to have one of the finest showcases of caring talent in town.
Helene went viral in the media, both social and mainstream, for the selfless – yet personally HOPEFUL – act of promoting organ donations.
This vibrant young woman is now failing. No matter how energetic your soul, when your lung capacity maxes out @ around 10%, there’s not a lot that you can perform.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP::
Luc and I want you at Greenfields to enjoy a day of celebration for Helen’s spirit and open heart while we raise much needed funds to underwrite their dire costs. She went this far for all of us… Let’s go a little distance for her!!
If you can’t make the day’s event on April 22nd, you can help by making a donation to the Helene Campbell Trust at any BMO branch in Ottawa – site the transit (branch) #3843 and account #3989-639.
My desire, (tho I wish no ill on anyone) is that a perfect match comes speedily and with a pair of lungs that match a heart that golden, that open, that unselfish.
My intent, (& I need your help to spread the word) is to considerably relieve the financial stress on Helene’s family through the April 22nd event at Greenfields or through your donation at BMO.
My regret… I don’t have a font that properly accents Helene’s name. But, right now, this just doesn’t seem as important!
Details on April 22nd can be found here: http://www.ruckusband.ca/
The Facebook Event Page is HERE!
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March 29th, 2012 by woody
My daughter, Angie is participating and could use your help in raising money for the cause. You can sponsor her at THIS LINK.
Please help support my daughter in this effort. She’s doin’ all proud in helping this important mission to help the homeless.
March 1st, 2012 by woody
It’s only early March but here’s a heads up.
APRIL is Parkinsons Awareness Month.
On Sunday, April 1st, Greenfields Pub presents a Musical Fundraiser for Parkinsons Research right here in Ottawa.
Several talented musical acts will perform a day long event to raise funds and awareness for Parkinsons research, many of whom I know or am aware of or have played with. I will be one of the emcees for the day and, no doubt, jamming with a few people.
The acts include Bill Connors & Dave Cossineau, Brea Lawrenson, Johnny Spinks, Sarah Mitchell, Stone Bandits, Still Dangerous and my pals Three Times Lucky.
There are many famous people who have been afflicted with Parkinsons, such as boxer Muhammad Ali, actor Jim Backus, Spanish artist Salvador Dali, Canadian Actor James Doohan and others. More notable is actor Michael J Fox.
Beyond Fox and the aforementioned, everyday citizens in our community are affected.
Here’s a chance for us to help.
The entertainment starts at 2pm with admission set at $10/person, $20/family (and yes, activities are planned for kids in the restaurant). The event winds up around 10pm.
Raffles, bake sale and 50/50 will also help with the fundraiser.
Tickets available at SRC Music, 124 Moores St in Carleton Place.
Roger Guindon Hall, Rm 2412
University Of Ottawa
451 Smyth Road, Ottawa
For more info, call 613-883-6034
Let’s shake things up for Parkinson Research in Ottawa on April 1st.
Greenfields Pub & Eatery – 900 Greenbank Road, just south of Fallowfield. 613-823-9900.
February 21st, 2012 by woody
This Saturdy, February 25th, Sonny’s Bar & Grill (1119 Baxter Rd by Ikea) is the place to be for great music and fun as we help a good cause at the same time with WOODY’S 1ST ANNUAL LEAP YEAR’S PARTY ..(Cuz who the hell rings one in on a Wednesday?).
5 great bands, including my Plan B and your CHEZ 106 Hosers take the stage from 4pm – Midnite to help raise money for my Christmas hamper cause.
We’ll also rock out with The Durtz, Inside Out, QTip Kaos and Jam it out after that!
Door Prizes, 50/50, Auction Items and More.
Don’t Miss It! Or you’ll regret for four long years!!
February 16th, 2012 by woody
UPDATE: The CHEZ 106 HOSERS will perform Wednesday, February 22nd at The League of Rock’s session 2 kickoff at the Elmdale Tavern!
Session 2 of the Ottawa League Of Rock begins February 22nd at The Elmdale Tavern and there’s still some room if you’re a musician who would like to connect with other rockers to play in a band, make new friends and receive tips from the pros.
Last fall, I had a blast with the CHEZ 106 Hosers and we clicked so well that we decided to stay in touch and keep playing together. In fact, we’re reuniting for a fundraiser and Leap Year’s Eve party on February 25th. Details next post.
Again, as with the first session, the coaches will be Peter Fredette (Kim Mitchell), Dick Cooper (The Cooper Brothers), Graham Greer (The Barstool Prophets) and Topher Stott (Classic Albums Live) plus various other pros from week to week, all offering the benefit of their experience and expertise.
It’s a ten week experience of AWESOME, not to mention rock and roll, learning, playing live and recording.
Here’s a video of The CHEZ 106 Hosers performing the song we ended up recording. This was the final Ottawa League Of Rock showcase at Greenfields.
Here is the actual studio version with an assembly of still shots of the session.
This an example of the coaches’ comments and helpful advice you receive at the mid-session showcase. They also drop in and help during rehearsal sessions.
This is a worthwhile experience. The advice offered up either teaches you something you hadn’t considered before or reaffirms what you already practice. Either way, you can’t help but be a better player.
Once again, check it out.