AFTER THE FLOOD: A fund raising concert to help Minden Hills
Note from JT: There's hardly a better way to raise funds and awareness than a music festival or concert. I've been saying it for years. So it was a no brainer that I got involved with a group that was trying to get the principals of Blue Rodeo to put on a benefit event for Minden.
Our event went on to raise over $76,000. Together with all the other fund raising events/activities, Minden Hills was able to raise over $600,000.
Here's the story about the event courtesy of Neil Campbell (neighbour of Greg Keelor)
At the height of The Great Minden Flood, it took Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor only a moment’s reflection to agree to make music for those who lived through the deluge.
When his Blue Rodeo partner, Jim Cuddy, asked to come along, Keelor's decision evolved into After The Flood, an Aug. 3 fundraising concert at Kinmount, Ont.
Keelor and Cuddy are donating their performances to the show, proceeds of which will help undo more than $4-million worth of damage to homes and businesses in Minden, Ont.
The province will help out with the repairs but a volunteer fund-raising effort will need to contribute at least $1.3-million. After The Flood is part of that effort.
Keelor, who withdraws from the hurly-burly of the music world to a forest retreat not far from Minden, has had a life-long love affair with the Haliburton Highlands.
It goes back to boyhood summers spent at the family cottage on Big Bob Lake, not far from the Gull River, which overflowed its banks in April and kept some village neighbourhoods under water for weeks.
Though Keelor and Cuddy both have solo careers of their own, After The Flood will be a rare chance to see them perform together outside the larger context of Blue Rodeo, the country-rock band they founded in 1984.
When Blue Rodeo was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, it had sold more than four million records and won an unprecedented 11 JUNO Awards for its music.
Keelor will bring along some of his musical friends to perform in the first half of After The Flood, which will begin just before dusk and end under the stars at the Kinmount Fairgrounds.
Kinmount is north of Peterborough, just a few miles down the road from Minden. Moving the show there from Minden makes room for a bigger crowd to raise more money for The Township of Minden Hills Flood Relief Fund.
It’s no surprise that Keelor and Cuddy would come to a little village like Kinmount. You don’t have to come looking for us, Cuddy told a Haliburton interviewer last summer. Eventually, he said, we’ll come to your town.
PLEASE HELP the Residents and Businesses affected by the flood in Minden - DONATE NOW
The Township of Minden Hills established a trust fund to help facilitate the generous community support for the flood victims and their recovery. Monetary donations only, can be made at the Township Office by cash, cheque, debit or credit card. Donations are TAX DEDUCTABLE.