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Benefit concert to help LGBTQ refugees fleeing persecution to be held in Nanaimo

‘Nanaimo Without Borders’ takes place May 21 at Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community
Dan Parker and his group Bandeira Parker, as seen at the Hub City Bounce Back event in March, will perform at Nanaimo Without Borders concert on May 21 at the Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

A concert will be held in Nanaimo to benefit an organization that sponsors LGBTQ refugees.

The concert, Nanaimo Without Borders, will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 7-9 p.m. in the atrium of the Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community at 347 Seventh St.

According to a release for the concert, all of the proceeds will go to Reaching Out Assisting Refugees, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ refugees from all around the world flee persecution in their home countries.

Brazilian-Canadian singer Dan Parker and his group, Bandeira Parker, will perform his signature bossa nova vocals in Portuguese, accompanied by jazz pianist Michael Anderson. Parker will also do the ‘off-the-wall’ improv for which he’s famous, as well as tunes with musicians Wes Raley and Rhianna Hunter Solomon.

Attendees can also expect to see Ammar Alfakosh, a former refugee from Syria, sing songs from his homeland, as well as a performance by Paul Manly with additional vocals provided by Myriam Verzat.

While entry to the event is free, organizers ask attendees for a suggested donation of $10, however, children are welcome and can attend for free. Attendees are also encouraged to wear masks, and be mindful of the sober environment.

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