When the Official Blues Brothers Revue took over the stage at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on Wednesday, February 28th, the atmosphere was anything but blue. Two rip-roaring sets of soul classics – including “Shout”, Gimme Some Lovin,” and Blues Brothers' favourite “Soul Man” – that made for an evening of entertainment that kept both spirits and auction bids high!
The event raised over $40,000, with online donations still coming in.
The performance of The Official Blues Brothers Revue at The Phoenix Concert Theatre benefited Gifts of Light, a unique volunteer-driven program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) that helps the more than 31,000 patients in their recovery each year.
Beyond fundraising, The Out of The Blues Event was created to raise awareness of the ‘winter blues’, or Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD). Out of The Blues will be a perennial event, returning February 2019.
For those who could not attend the event, a donation link was set up that will remain active through March. The address is www.giftsoflight.ca/outoftheblues
In announcing the funds raised, Gifts of Light Chair Donna Slaight stated: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Gifts of Light volunteers - Lisa Zbitnew, Sharron Mollenhauer and Lesley Soldat, who with their fundraising legitimize the value of the Gifts of Light program. We are a self-funding organization that focuses on the dignity of the clients of CAMH.”