Montreal’s Music Community Raises Over 600 Clothing Items For Homeless


Montreal’s socially conscious bands hard rock acts Society’s Ills, The Era Of, Rudebeats and Isolate Cast  came together this past Saturday, February 18th for the 4th annual Blankfest Quebec to answer the call to help those in need during Montreal’s coldest winter months and raised over 600 clothing items for the city’s largest and oldest shelter, theOld Brewery Mission. 
“I’m always impressed by the generosity and compassion from the city of Montreal, its citizens and its music scene. Their support along with media and sponsors to help raise awareness and proceeds is always astounding,” commented Blankfest Quebec organizer and music publicist Jon Asher.

Photo: Society's Ills rock out in support of Blankfest Montreal 2012

Proceeds from this year’s Blankfest Quebec came not just from the music community, but also from grandmothers across Quebec.“My heart was truly touched by the kindness of this year’s donations of knitted blankets, scarves and tuques that came from both the ladies at the Steger Residence in Montreal and the “Townships Grandmothers” who quilted blankets when they heard there was a need to help the homeless.”

The “Townships Grandmothers” are one of about 300 grandmother groups across Canada that raise money and awareness to help relieve the suffering and turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in Africa and are linked to the “Grandmothers to Grandmothers” campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation that helps over 16 million AIDS orphans in Africa who are presently being cared for by their grandmothers because their parents died of AIDS.

A special thanks to Blankfest Quebec‘s sponsors and supportersFrites Alors! McGill, Skunk Magaziue for their donated fundraising prizes,Labyrinthe for donating T-shirts for the homeless and fundraising prizes,Dangerous Productions,, Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada and Asher Media, along with Montreal’s media CTV, Montreal Gazette, Montreal Mirror, CJLO 1690 AM,CKUT 90.3 FM and CJAD 800 AM.

Blankfest raiised a total of 629 clothing items from blankets to coats and mitts and the most poignant of all, 102 items of baby clothing. Quite the society we have here folks, where it’s up to the heavy metal youth to look out for freezing street babies.

To the hard rock commnuty of Montreal we salute y’all for standing tall.

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