CMAO Member Country Artist Marshall Dane Helped Rock the House for the Mississauga Food Bank

Marshall Dane

On July 6, 2011 more than a thousand people packed the Living Arts Centre last night for a concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Mississauga Food Bank. Although a final tally isn’t in yet, event organizer Carolyn Parrish said the show grossed $105,600. After expenses are paid, she expects the concert to reach its goal of raising $50,000 for the food bank and $10,000 for the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (MSO).Parrish was overwhelmed by the generosity of the crowd when a hat was passed around during the intermission. Some $2,800 was collected.

The near-capacity audience enjoyed a two-hour show by a who’s who of home-grown music talent, headlined by former Triumph legend Rik Emmett. Sharing the Hammerson Hall stage with Emmett were operatic tenor Michael Ciufo, jazz vocalist Carol McCartney, bluesman Chuck Jackson, rocker Suzie McNeil and country singer Marshall Dane. They were backed by the MSO, led by John Barnum. The evening’s emcee was Mike Bullard, The MSO kicked off the concert in fine style with a rousing performance of the Barber of Seville Overture, followed by three numbers from Ciufo. Emmett made his first appearance when he emerged to guitar duel with  Marshall Dane during the latter’s Love and Alcohol, a single off his 2010 album, Running Stop Signs. As well, Marshall performed This Rain and About Last Night, backed by the Mississauga Symphony playing arrangements written by Kevin Lau. The Mississauga Food Bank says it feeds 38,000 people each month through 108 programs. Marshall’s commitment to giving back to the community includes work with Habitat For Humanity and Music Not Mischief, an initiative steered by Toronto Police to divert kids from finding themselves in trouble on the streets.

Marshall has recently returned from the first of several planned Nashville writing expeditions in preparation for his next album, crafting songs with a raft of writing partners including Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

Marshall Dane is best known for consistently delivering an energetic and boot-stomping performance that draws in crowds…and a voice that makes them fans forever.  His debut single “Love & Alcohol” from his new album “Running Stop Signs” earned him rave reviews and the opportunity to play alongside Alan Jackson, Emerson Drive, Doc Walker and most recently on tour with Gord Bamford & Aaron Pritchett (Spring ’11).

For tour dates, music and additional info: www.marshalldane.com