Musicians Doug Biggs, KC Hingley, and Anela Kahiamoe [back] and recycling guru Gayle Bates [front] are coming together to have some fun and raise funds for Habitat on April 22nd.

Since 2004 Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North has been laser focused on improving the home environments for North Islanders by building safe and affordable housing for local families. This year, on April 22, the nonprofit organization will be thinking outside the proverbial toolbox by focusing on the beautiful gift we have been given in the form of planet Earth.
“Our Earth Day of Music was initially planned to simply be a 19+ evening dance,” explains Habitat’s Volunteer Manager and event organizer, Terri Perrin. “But, like a seed that is planted in fertile soil, the event has grown organically. We are thrilled that it now involves a number of other community partners and has garnered the support of a multitude of local businesses, in the form of sponsorships and donations.

“The Earth Day of Music has evolved into two uniquely different events, at one venue, on a single day,” adds Perrin. “Both events are a celebration of music and are designed to raise money for and awareness of Habitat’s next affordable housing project on Lake Trail Road, however, the afternoon activities are also designed to be family-friendly and to give people ideas and inspiration on how to reduce, reuse and recycle in celebration of Earth Day.”

The afternoon of the Earth Day of Music goes from 1:00 until 4:30 p.m. and features an all ages Open Mike Marathon inside the Band Hall. It will be hosted by Luke Blu Guthrie and Anela  Kahiamoe and feature your local open mike favourite entertainers.  Bar service will be provided by Courtenay Rotary and use of a sound system is courtesy of Long and McQuade. There will also be hourly  meat draws, with product donated by Quality Foods and ticket sales managed by the Comox Valley Lions Club, plus 50/50 draws and a silent auction. Many of the volunteers and the silent auction items will be from Comox Valley Women’s Business Network.

Outside the Band Hall enjoy a burger from the Marine Harvest salmon BBQ truck (with 100% of the proceeds going to Habitat), a concession operated by the grade seven Montessori students from Queneesh Elementary, and coffee services sponsored by Tim Hortons.

Representatives from Lake Trail Community Connections will be managing the children’s’ craft area, under tents loaned from Royal LePage in the Comox Valley. And staff and volunteers from Habitat will provide information on how you can support the ReStore through donations of gently used items or volunteer at the ReStore or a home building project.

A highlight of the event will be Gayle Bates, from Comox Strathcona Waste Management Services. Recognized by the by the Recycling Council of British Columbia for her work in educating people about how to reduce their environmental footprints, the always engaging and fun ‘guru of garbage’ will have a display to provide information about the ‘Power of R’ waste reduction program.  She will also have ideas for how you can ‘upcycle’ items purchased from the Habitat ReStore.

World Tree Investments, a carbon offset program and investment opportunity for people who want their money to work for them and do good in the process, is the presenting sponsor and they will also have an information booth.

Once the afternoon festivities are over, the Band Hall will be transformed with eco-friendly decor for a 19+ adult dance with Luke Blu Guthrie as the warm up act and Time Well Wasted as the headliner. Time Well Wasted will be playing a variety of classic rock and funk favourites that are sure to get you on the dance floor. There will also be a live auction, 50/50 draws and a unique ‘Door Prize’ draw, where you buy a ticket for a chance to choose the winning key to unlock a Habitat door and win prizes.

“Not only will the Earth Day of Music be fun for everyone,” concludes Perrin, “it the perfect opportunity for Habitat to celebrate our 13th Anniversary on April 12th and our newest build on Lake Trail.  Four new homeowners have been selected for the 10 homes that will be constructed on this site in a multi-phased project over the next three years. We are excited for this construction project to start in September and thank the community for helping make this possible.”

Admission to the Earth Day of Music Open Mike Marathon in the afternoon is by donation. Family activities are free. Tickets to the 19+ Earth Day Dance are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (if still available).

For tickets and more information visit HabitatNorthIsland.com.

Cady Corman

Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North