Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin The Doctors of Rock ‘n Roll - guitarist Doug Nuyts, keyboardist Russ Der, drummer Keith Cyr and bassist Paul Bourke - rehearse at the John Barsby Community School band room ahead of their performance at the October Music Showcase.

Singing for their supper

Nanaimo musicians come together to support Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank

Three years after organizing a fundraising concert for Nanaimo’s Haven Society, Russ Der and his band the Doctors of Rock ‘n Roll are back and this time the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank is the target of their altruism.

“They’re a very very prominent charity in town. They do a lot of work, They really help a lot of families,” Der said of the food bank, adding that his group felt the need to lend a hand because “we’re real proponents of helping the community.”

The fundraiser, called October Musical Showcase, takes place at the MGM Restaurant on Saturday (Oct. 28). Besides the Doctors of Rock ‘n Roll – Der, guitarist Doug Nuyts, bassist Paul Bourke and drummer Keith Cyr – the concert will feature other MGM regulars Mark Galavan, Ries Vink and Marty Steele. The show will also feature Paul Bourke’s daughter Emily, and Grade 7 student Maya Harbo on the violin.

“Maya is very well known around town because she’s done a lot of fundraising for different causes,” Der said.

“I remember one of the things that she did was she busked and the money that she made went toward a teacher in financial difficulty. She’s a very unbelievable kid at Grade 7 with a real humanitarian knack.”

Der said the food bank was enthused when he put forth his idea. He even asked if there were any musicians at the food bank who wanted to join in the performance or sit in with the band. Unfortunately there won’t be any food bank members onstage, but Der said they will be helping with other areas of the evening’s proceedings, like ticket sales.

WHAT’S ON…October Musical Showcase, a fundraiser for the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank at MGM Restaurant on Saturday (Oct. 28) from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets $10. Non-perishable food items would be appreciated.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Summer of our Discontent: homeless camp a contentious issue

City of Nanaimo, tent city going to court this week to settle differences

Application hearing held for Discontent City case

Two-day petition hearing begins July 17

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enough is enough at Discontent City

I cannot believe that the people of Discontent City even get to have a say, says letter writer

Large suspected ammo found at Cassidy recycling facility

Area businesses voluntarily evacuated

Fires claim boat and travel trailer in Nanaimo

Nanaimo area firefighters come off busy weekend for fires with two fires Monday morning

Firefighters rescue dog as two house fires happen at the same time in Nanaimo

House extensively damaged on Uplands Drive, coach house burns down on Haliburton Street

Silly boats make a splash on Nanaimo seas

Superette wins Nanaimo’s Silly Boat Regatta community fundraising event

Florist announces bid for Nanaimo city council

Jim Turley, former owner of Turley’s Florist, intends to run in fall election

VIDEO: Firefighters putting out brush fire in East Wellington

Fire is in the area of a new development under construction near Shady Mile Way

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after ‘lava bomb’ injuries

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers.”

Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

“Shameful,” ”disgraceful,” ”weak,” were a few of the comments. Makes the U.S. “look like a pushover,” said GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Obama to deliver Mandela address in likely rebuke to Trump

Former U.S. President Barack Obama Monday praised Kenya’s president and opposition leader for working together but said this East African country must do more to end corruption.

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Missing B.C. Serval cat creates buzz online, pleas for help

Aquila, an African Serval, disappeared from a Fernie, B.C. backyard sometime on Friday, July 13.

Most Read