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    A charity gig

    Dez Loreen
    Northern News Services
    Published Thursday, August 14, 2008

    INUVIK - This past Sunday afternoon was a day of music and generosity at the Legion.

    The End of the Road music festival held a fundraising benefit gig for the Inuvik food bank and the local chapter of the Council of Persons with Disabilities.

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    Artist Jo Hikk was one of the musicians who donated his time on stage during the benefit jam on Sunday afternoon. The proceeds from the show went to the Inuvik Food Bank and the local chapter of the NWT Council of Persons with Disabilities. - Dez Loreen/NNSL photo

    Co-ordinator Terrill Reid said the event was attended by most of the performers who headlined the weekend festival.

    "Unfortunately, Eagle and Hawk couldn't make it due to a previous commitment," he said.

    Jo Hikk, Jerry Doucette, Leanne Goose, Jared Sowan and other performers were on hand for an afternoon of tunes.

    "It was just a real close intimate jam session," said Reid.

    He said the main purpose of the Sunday event was to bring some money, food and attention to the charities.

    The music started shortly after 2 p.m. and ended close to midnight.

    "We had a lot of fun, everyone enjoyed it," he said.

    Reid said the day was made complete with the humour and talent of Jerry Doucette.

    "He's a funny guy, he was informally showing the youngsters how to play stuff old-school," he said.

    Reid said that it was a priority of the festival to announce the event all weekend.

    "We told people that we were hosting this event on Sunday, as a benefit show," he said. "We told everyone to bring non-perishable food items with them."

    He said the Legion was quite full, but not full to capacity. "There was room to move around, but it was a good audience," he said.

    "It ran quite well and there was no problems."

    Reid thanked Omni sound productions for their help during the Sunday show.

    "I have to thank Bill and Rolly for their help," said Reid.

    On the final day, during the Sunday show, the sound crew was packing up their equipment when they were called to duty.

    "We needed a keyboard because there were musicians at the Legion who could play," said Reid. "Omni productions let us borrow theirs to use, they unpacked it from the truck and all."

    Reid said he is happy with the performers as well.

    "You always hear about musicians who have so many demands and are snobby, but these guys were great," he said.

    "They were the nicest and respecting people you could ever dream of working with."

    In the end, Reid was completely happy with the weekend and thanked all the volunteers for doing their part as well.

    "I'm so impressed with the whole thing," he said. "It was well done."