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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Great Artists, Great Party, Great Cause! JTMF Artists for Life - May 4th at the Citadel Club

This Saturday Night I will joining friends and community members at the annual JTMF Artists for Life event.  This will be the third year I've gone (I missed the first year because I was in a show) and I am looking forward to it.  It is the brainchild of Top 40 Under 40 Joyce LaBriola who formed the satellite organization as a offshoot from the original JTMF that she was a founding member of years before in New Jersey. Anyhow, it's a great cause and a GREAT PARTY!  This year the event has moved to the Citadel Club and I am looking forward to celebrating and raising money for a good cause in the new digs!

JTMF West is a local arts organization, created with the mandate of raising funds for HIV/AIDS and LGBT youth support services. 2013 Artists for Life raises funds for HIV Edmonton, Camp fYrefly and YESS.

This year Wil is the featured artist. Named 2005 WCMA Entertainer of the Year and selected as the songwriter for Travel Alberta’s “Remember to Breathe” campaign, Wil uses his legendary live performances to develop a roots-rock sound and create a style that is honest, edgy and raw, yet achingly beautiful all at once. One such performance was written up by the Calgary Sun as having so much “power and soul it could stop your heart.”

After the show, hosted by Breakfast Television’s Bridget Ryan, attendees will enjoy a catered reception sponsored by Alley Kat Brewery and verleo interiors, a silent auction filled with items donated by local artists, and a post-show dance party by local star Audrey Ochoa and the Crashers, plus the DJ stylings of The Urban Monks and a special appearance by The Carolines.

Tickets are $50, which includes the full night of entertainment, catered reception and silent auction. VIP Tickets are available for $100 and include entry into a special prize draw to win a trip for 2 to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and $1,000 in Fairmont Gift Cards, courtesy of Minsos Stewart Mason. A silent auction rife with donated art from local artists completes the evening.

Fans may also purchase $20 tickets for the dance party only.

Doors open @ 6:30pm. WiL takes the stage at 7:00pm, Audrey Ochoa & The Crashers @ 9:15pm.

What I love about this event is that not only are you raising money for some really great causes, but it is a fabulous party.  It is never the same twice because the line-up changes yearly and it supports both Artists and those in need. There are a few VIP tickets left (but not many) so I recommend you get them now! There are also some great options if you can't afford the VIP tickets, so it is a very inclusive event. Oh, and did I mention the Open Wine Bar? I suppose it's bad if I say that's my favourite part...

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