November 7, 2003  
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Rock fights aganist cancer

By Megan O’Toole
Gazette Staff

With Rock Out For Cancer coming up at The Embassy this Sat., Nov. 8, The Gazette took the opportunity to speak to one of its organizers, Brandon Eedy, about the event. Here’s what he had to say.

Who came up with the idea?
Actually, Alister Orlay [of the band The Dying Light] and I have been wanting to put a benefit of this calibre together for a long time now. We both have had people in our lives affected by cancer and Alister’s mother has been battling it for four years now.

What was the inspiration for it?
Almost every single person living in this world has been affected or known someone whose life has been affected by cancer. We would just like to give back to the people who are helping to win the battle against cancer. All of the proceeds from this show are going directly to the London Regional Cancer Centre.

How did you decide which bands would be involved?
We chose the bands that displayed the most passion towards the cause. As well, these bands happen to be some of the greatest in London and area, making this event the perfect “rock show” as well.

Has The Embassy hosted anything like this in the past?
Yes, The Embassy has put on concerts benefiting such causes as The Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society, The White Ribbon Campaign and many others.

What type of response are you anticipating for the upcoming show?
From what we have heard and the responses we are getting, we are expecting a packed house. The Snowboard federation at Western has gotten involved and is organizing bus trips, and local businesses in London are helping to support the cause, whether it be promoting or making donations... the response has been tremendous! Not to mention we have seven of London’s best underground bands playing, giving the event that extra pull.

Find out more about the show
online via Brandon’s Web site:
www.summercampproductions.com.

 

 

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