Whistler’s premier showcase of awesome musical women is back! Join us on March 8th, as the Howe Sound Women’s Centre, in collaboration with Arts Whistler, hosts its annual fundraiser celebrating International Women’s Day. This year’s event will be held at the Maury Young Arts Centre and marks the 4th annual Raising Our Voices – Whistler International Women’s Day Celebration. Year after year this event grows in talent, attendance and fundraising, promising to make the 2018 celebration the biggest year yet.
Over 25 female musicians, will be showcased in a cabaret-style evening, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. New this year, the event will also include an earlier Après event, from 4:00pm-6:00pm featuring several youth performers.

The event owes its initial, continued, and growing success to the multitude of female performers who donate their time and talent. Performers taking the stage this year include Emily Molloy, JennaMae Togado, Venus Envy, the Bandits of Blueberry County, Emily and the Easy Street Band, Chicks with Picks, Rachel (used to be Thom) Lewis, Sheila Sherkat, Lozen, and many more.

Raising Our Voices was initiated four years ago by the Howe Sound Women’s Centre as an annual fundraiser. The event has really evolved since its first year as an open mic at Black’s Pub. In its second year it moved to a bigger venue at Dusty’s and now in year four, is taking on an even bigger stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

All funds raised support the delivery of crucial services by Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society (HSWC), an organization dedicated to the prevention of violence against women. They support women, children and youth impacted by intimate partner violence, abuse and conflict. HSWC services include emergency transition housing; support; resources; referrals and advocacy throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor including Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, and the First Nations communities of Squamish, Lil’wat, N’Quat,qua, Samahquam, Douglas and Skatin. The population in their service area is more than 36,000, disbursed over approximately 200 kilometers.

Funds at the event are raised through admission by donation at the door, a silent auction and a 50/50 draw. Event organisers are gratefully accepting items for the auction from now through to the event.  To date, the premier silent auction item is an Epiphone acoustic guitar, donated by Long and McQuade and signed by Jann Arden. The generosity of event-goers and community businesses have helped make the event a significant fundraiser for HSWC.

With the support of Arts Whistler, this year’s Raising Our Voices event includes enhanced performance opportunities on the Arts Centre stage and as well professional development workshops for participating musicians. Two performance skill-focused workshops will take place in February. The first workshop, on Friday, February 16th from 6-9, is a vocal, microphone and monitor session. The second workshop on Friday February 23rd from 6-9 is a recording pre-production session. These sessions are free to all Arts Whistler members and $30 for all non-members (which includes an annual membership). The workshops are free to all Raising Our Voices performers as a thank you for their volunteerism.

Raising Our Voices 2018 is also graciously supported by a grant from the Let’s Hear it BC – 2018 JUNO Host Committee, in partnership with Music BC, Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia.

Find more information on all the @letshearitbc Experience Music Program events and other 2018 JUNO Week events at www.letshearitbc.com #letshearitbc

Raising Our Voices Contacts and Resources:
Silent Auction: To donate a silent auction item, please contact Laurie Hannah, the Whistler & Pemberton Community Program Manager, at psh@hswc.ca

Donate: If you cannot make the event but would like to send along a donation to Raising Our Voices, please visit http://hswc.ca/donate/

Volunteer: To volunteer at the event, please contact Susan Holden at Susanholdenmusic@hotmail.com

Links to find out more:
Web: artswhistler.com/IWD2018
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1598235210223790/

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