Continent-wide musical fundraiser

Musicians will come together from all over North America on Saturday as the first Musical Bridges event raises money for Cole Hoodicoff and Corbin Lew.

Musicians will come together from all over North America on Saturday as the first Musical Bridges event raises money for Cole Hoodicoff and Corbin Lew.

Supercat Studios’ Yanive Feiner thought of the idea a few months ago to support Hoodicoff, a local boy recovering from a serious skiing accident, but when Lew, another local boy, was diagnosed with lymphoma, plans quickly shifted to include both.

While Castlegar rocks out from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., bands in Toronto and Texas will be doing the same, and all proceeds will go to the Lew and Hoodicoff families.

Feiner said he grew up in Toronto and still has connections out there, so was able to get three bands together to play at the Hard Luck Bar. One of his friends from out east now lives in Texas, so he helped organize the band Soul Cake to play there too.

“We were hoping to get a few more cities but it’s hard when you’re not there to pitch it, but we’re willing to do this for anybody that needs it,” Feiner said.

For people that aren’t able to make it to the shows but want to check them out, all three concerts will be simulcast through Internet radio at freerock.com, Feiner said.

In Castlegar, Feiner said the Regional District of the Central Kootenay donated the Castlegar Community Complex as a venue, and Coca Cola donated drinks to sell at the event as well.

The musicians that are slated to play in Castlegar are Laela Heidt, Mariah Morris, Christina Emelio, Joshua Leeworthy, Tiffany Bird, Jennifer Masini, Supercat Studios, Monsters, Speak of the Unknown and Roy Has Fire.

“They’re local musicians that I know,” Feiner said. “I asked them if they were interested and they said yeah, for sure.”

Feiner said this will be the first of many events under the Musical Bridges title.

In the future, he hopes to add more cities to the list and said Castlegar will be on board to raise money for anyone that needs it, no matter where they are.

Musical Bridges takes place on Saturday at the Castlegar Community Complex.

Doors are at noon and the first artist goes on stage at 1 p.m. Music will go on until 10 p.m. Admission is by donation.