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CANADA: Bill Bourne and Friends Support Change for Children

On Saturday, March 19th, from 7pm-1am, at the Sacred Heart School Gym in Edmonton, Canada, Change for Children will present "An International Music Festival Celebrating the Solidarity of Song". They invite everyone to dance, listen to inspiring music, and to celebrate with food, drink, song, and solidarity the yearly "gathering of the tribe"--artists, musicians, nonprofits, and people who care--to help children in need.

The concert--featuring Bill Bourne, Terry Morrison, Musica Sud Americana, the Global Voices Multicultural Choir, and others--and NGO min-fair, where a variety of local community organizations will be on hand to share information about their work and exchange resources, is in its third year, and OWB is delighted to welcome their participation once again.

This is an all-ages event, with proceeds going to Change for Children's Education Projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone. Tickets are $12.00 each and are available through TIX on the Square (780-420-1757) at, or from Change for Children (780-448-1505), at Change for Children, whose motto is "ordinary people can do extraordinary things", is an international nonprofit which promotes action for sustainable development and systemic change, working in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Health, poverty alleviation, nutrition and food security, education, and the empowerment of women and youth are a special focus, and in 2006 they celebrate 30 years of making a difference in the lives of people the world over.

Master folk musician, Bill Bourne, has been an important part of roots music for many years. He was a member of Scotland's Tannahill Weavers for several years, played with world-renowned piper Alan MacLeod for a time, then with fiddler Shannon Johnson, blues greats Hans Staymer and Andreas Schuld, and most recently with Tri-Continental. His work with Madagascar Slim and Lester Quitzau (Tri-Continental) has been very well received on both sides of the Atlantic. He has produced 12 recordings in this amazing musical journey and has an armful of awards and nominations.

His latest solo release is "Voodoo King" (2003). In 2004, Bill produced the debut CD of Faroese (Faroe Islands) soprano, Eivor Palsdottir--called "eivor"--on which he plays lead guitar and sings harmonies, and which features two of his own songs. In November it was immediately nominated for "Best Pop Album of 2004" in Iceland, along with Bjork among others. New Tri-Continental band members--Irish film composer Paul Carroll, Ghanaian highlife and master guitarist Pa Joe, Madras native Ramesh Shotham--toured Europe in April and May of 2004 with Bill, producing a live CD entitled "Drifting".

Folk singer-songwriter, Terry Morrison, is a well loved member of the Canadian music scene. She has been described as " of the most intellectually compelling songwriters in town..." by Edmonton music reviewer Roger Levesque. An accomplished guitar player, Morrison's unique sense of melody and phrasing create her own inimitable brand of contemporary roots music. Delivered in a rich sensual voice, her songs reflect a compassionate and innate intelligence. Spanning the range from jazzy folk to country, her music both soothes and cuts to the quick. Her latest release is entitled "High Mileage Soul".

Global Voices Multicultural Extravaganza and Musica Sud Americana round out a spectacular evening with African and Latin American offerings, uniting the local and global in song, solidarity, and spirit.

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"You guys Rock."
Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive
"You guys Rock."
Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive