As devastation continues to overtake Japan since the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Cafe Herbs in St. Anne de Bellevue will hold a fundraising event with every resource they can find in order to raise money to aid earthquake victims. Cafe Herbs owners Carol Ann and Brian MacLeod, are asking the musical community to join them for the Earthshake Relief for Japan” Saturday (March 26) at the café, located at 142 St. Anne St., at 7 p.m. The event is expected to wrap up at midnight.
The event will consist of performances from local musicians who will be donating their time including Gary Townsend, Sjean MacLeod, Anna Elbon and the RTF band (Fred Grindley Norine “Reeny” Albrechtson, and Tim Barry), as well as a few others yet to be confirmed. Any other musicians who would like to partake in the night's entertainment are encouraged to bring their instruments -- the stage is open to them. Dinner will be prepared and donated by Cafe Herbs. In addition, homemade pies, will be auctioned off every hour. Artist Wynn Parkin has donated a beautiful painting, which will also be auctioned to raise as much money as possible for Japan relief.
Last year, Cafe Herbs hosted another non-profit event to aid in the Haiti relief effort, which resulted in over $1,000 in donations. “It would be nice to match that number this year, as would it be even nicer if we could collect more... but I’m trying to be realistic. There is a recommended donation of $20, although any other contributions are greatly appreciated.” explained Ann, who has already started collecting money by other means. “We all are in our own little bubble, thus we sometimes forget that there is a big world out there. It’s unfortunate that it takes something as drastic as this has to happen to grasp our attentions. I’ve come to realize how privileged we are, and I would like to share that with parts of the world that need it."
For more information, call 514-457-1150 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/café-herbs