1st Tuesday Fundraisers will be welcoming Brian Denhertog and Jill Russell to be featured performers at the Mex Pub on September 5th. The performing couple are new to the Comox Valley, and although they aren’t officially full time residents yet, they are community minded and are coming from Vancouver to be part of the event. Admission is by donation and proceeds collected at the door will go the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

Brian denHertog has been performing his songs for more than thirty years at festivals, house concerts, and touring the small towns of Canada’s West Coast. Along the way he has been a carpenter, high school shop teacher, carver and jeweller. His songs are rooted in the acoustic elements of folk, blues and country. As a traveller and story teller, Brian’s songs traverse physical and spiritual landscapes. His music illuminates the road less traveled and the way back home.

Brian has released three studio albums in the last 16 years. His latest recording “Ghost Stories” was released at the end of 2015. Brian is most often joined on stage by his wife, flutist, saxophonist Jill Russell. They currently live in Horseshoe Bay, on the outskirts of Vancouver, BC.

Singer songwriter Stephen Fearing of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings says this of his friend’s music. “ Brian denHertog has been many things in his life…a teacher, a carver, a traveler and one of my oldest friends. Somehow his music seems to embody many of these different paths. There is something rough, handmade, honest and beautiful at the heart of Brian’s tunes and always, a compassion and a warmth that I find very appealing.”

CVHS members will be at the door the evening of the concert to accept donations and to answer questions about the community services they offer to those who are living with dying, grieving and caregiving. At the core of all CVHS services is the recognition of each person’s dignity and the belief that hospice is a philosophy of care that encourages living every moment as fully as possible. Fundraising events such as this one are just one way to support CVHS, but there are many other ways including purchasing an annual membership, volunteering opportunities, bequeathing your donation, and advocacy. You can also invite someone from the organization to speak to your group about topics such as bereavement, advance care planning, or education about hospice services.

The evening of music starts at 7:30pm with a prelude of instrumental music provided by The Snow Monkeez followed by a few songs by hosts Judy and Bruce Wing. Featured performers will follow and provide music for the remainder of the evening, followed by door prizes.

The Mex Pub is the sponsor of these monthly fundraising events. Each month features a different musical guest who chooses a non-profit group to receive the proceeds.For more information about how to support CVHS, visit www.comoxhospice.com. For more info about the concert series, visit Facebook/1stTuesdayFundraisers.

Comox Valley Hospice Society