Musicians highlight fundraiser

The annual Neighbours Being Neighbours community gathering on Saturday (Aug. 9). - Photo Contributed
The annual Neighbours Being Neighbours community gathering on Saturday (Aug. 9).
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Two Nanaimo-area musicians will be showcasing their talents at an upcoming community festival.

Performers Donna Konsorado and celtic-folk group Trinitude are set to perform at the annual Neighbours Being Neighbours community gathering on Saturday (Aug. 9).

The annual event is hosted by the Columbian Centre Society, a local organization that has been dedicated to the psychosocial rehabilitation of adults with mental health and addictions issues.

“It’s to celebrate community and to encourage the neighbourliness of all people,” Columbian Centre member Tona Thickett said. “It’s for us to thank the community for having us in the neighbourhood for the last six years.”

The event, which also includes a bouncy castle, pony rides and a dunk tank, begins at 10 a.m. in front of Bailey Studio and is also a fundraiser for the Columbian Centre’s newest project.

“We’ve been on Rosstown Road for the last 37 years,” she said. “Basically we have five houses that do housing for adults with  psychiatric disabilities. We’re in the process of developing a 40-unit apartment complex across from the hospital that’s in connection with Nanaimo Affordable Housing and the Haven Society. It’s to help people reintegrate into the community.”

Singer/songwriter Konsorado released her first record, Skylines, in 2002, which features a range of instruments such as the  banjo and the guitar. Her most recent album, Ten O’Clock Table, was released in 2006.

Emily Celeste, Merisa Donoghue and Les Tibbo make up the Nanaimo-based band Trinitude, which frequently performs across Vancouver Island.

For more info, please visit www.columbiancentre.org.



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