As we begin to settle back into the weather our city is known for, we’re excited to share how much we’ve been able to give back to our community these past couple weeks. From dance shows to gangsta rap pop-up shops and sporting events, the diversity of our programming in Vancouver extends to our charity work. In the past week, we’ve donated over $25,000 to local charities and couldn’t be more proud.
From our Gareth Emery show at M.I.A., we raised over $15,000 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Emery has continually shown his love for Vancouver and we were excited to host his first ever Electric For Life Foundation event in our city. Emery graciously waived his artist fee for the event so that one hundred percent of the ticket sales and a portion of the bar sales could directly benefit the two charities.
From our N.W.A. Pop-Up Shop at Fortune Sound Club, we raised $10,000 for the YMCA. Bryan Turner, who grew up in Vancouver, founded Priority Records in 1985 and is most well know for distributing groundbreaking rap albums from NWA, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, just to name a few. Over the years, Turner would send official gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales plaques to his parents who lived in a modest apartment in Richmond, BC. Last week these official plaques from N.W.A., Eazy-E, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and other Priority Records artists were displayed and auctioned off with half of all proceeds benefiting the YMCA.
From our Jim Green Basketball Tourney at Woodwards, we raised over $4,500 for the Jim Green Foundation benefiting members of the Downtown East Side (DTES). Jim Green was an amazing man who was everything from a longshoreman, taxi cab driver, community activist, non-profit housing developer, municipal politician, university instructor and a regular at The Charles Bar. This Jim Green Basketball Tourney pays respects to a great man and helps to keep his generosity alive.
Thank You to all our dynamite staff, friends, family and guests for continuing to support us and in turn helping us to support the charities that make this city better.