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Concert for a Cure entertains and educates

The 6th Annual Concert for a Cure featuring headliner Alberta Cree Canadian country star Shane Yellowbird, kept the music going all weekend to bring awareness to the urgent need for a cure of what has become one of western societies biggest killers.

Murray Porter

Six Nation’s own Murray Porter, fresh off his Aboriginal People’s Choice win, was in his home community working the crowd and delivering some new material as well as favorites from his successful career.

The 6th Annual Concert for a Cure featuring headliner Alberta Cree Canadian country star Shane Yellowbird, kept the music going all weekend to bring awareness to the urgent need for a cure of what has become one of western societies biggest killers.

Despite the sobering statistics of the devastation cancer causes to individuals and families, it was still a fun family day at Hank’s Place on Fourth Line Road.

Yellowbird was backed up on stage by Six Nations musicians Brandon Silver and brother Cam.

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Shane Yellowbird creates a lifelong memory for this young Six Nations girl
at Saturday’s 6th Annual Concert for Cure at Hanks Place. (Photo by Randell Hill)

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Event promoter and R&B singer Jace Martin directs traffic from the main stage at Hanks
Place Saturday. (Photo by Randell Hill)

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Throughout the course of the day, organizers estimated a turnover crowd of around 2000
at the 6th Annual Concert for a Cure. (Photo by Randell Hill)

Once again this year the Six Nations Community Outreach group presented the free annual community concert.

Along with Yellowbird were Six Nations own JUNO Award winners Murray Porter and Derek Miller, just before learning that he just won the 2013 Aboriginal Music Awards for Best Blues CD for his latest work, Blues Vol.1, country, blues and rock performer.

Also on the show were New Credit’s Mark LaForme as well as several up and coming artists like Brooklin, Ontario native Lindsay Broughton, who has performed at the Canadian Country Music Awards “New Artist” showcase and the Billy Block Show in Nashville. Wray Anderson had a set and the always entertaining guitar crazy man Red LaForme Band shook ‘em up.

Filling out the card were Innersha, The Bad Guys, breakout solo artist Logan Staats, Blaine Bomberry unplugged, and R&B artist, Aboriginal Music Awards nominee, promoter and MC for the event, Jace Martin.

The weather cooperated this year as compared to last year when it was cold and blustery all day. Organizers estimated 2,000 people took in the show over the course of the daylong concert and craft show.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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