Alt-country theme at Mex Pub fundraiser

Ashlea Jonesmith and her partner Oliver Wives will perform at the Mex Pub on Aug. 7

Ashlea Jonesmith and her partner Oliver Wives will perform at the Mex Pub on Aug. 7 as the featured artists for this month’s 1st Tuesday Fundraiser.

Jonesmith, a folk and alt-country singer songwriter, moved to Denman Island from the B.C. interior and after extensive touring in 2010 and 2011 have earned much acclaim in the Canadian independent music scene.

The pair made their debut at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Lillooet’s Music at the Miyazaki House concert series and Islands Folk Festival in Duncan.

The combination of Jonesmith’s lyrics and vocals with the harmonies and creative bass lines of Wives are carefully balanced and their performances have been described as mesmerizing, sincere and heart-gripping.

Ashlea describes her songwriting as “thick on mood and meaning” and she has written and recorded a full-length album as well an EP which is currently available for free download from her website at www.ashleajonesmith.com.

Originally from Bracebridge, Ont., Jonesmith was chosen as a local act to play at Mariposa Folk Festival in 1998. She continued to perform at local establishments in Toronto and later Nelson, B.C., where she met Wives.

Through the influence and inspiration of other musicians who have challenged her musically, she describes the evolution of her music as moving from “a quiet, somewhat generic folk-songbird to that of a gutsy, confident and distinctive performer-songwriter.”

The cash donations collected at the door as admission will be donated to You Are Not Alone (YANA), a local organization that assists families in the Comox Valley who are confronted with unexpected costs due to the illness of a child.

The local charity provides funding for travel so that families can be together during times when medical treatments are not available locally.

The work of YANA has grown through the years from the efforts of a single family who experienced the stress of a child’s unexpected illness in 1986. Their decision to try to find ways to provide comfort and support to other parents in similar situations has built a legacy of caring that is near and dear to many local families.

Those whose lives have been touched by the support of YANA often want to become involved with the organization by creating more fundraising initiatives.

Also appreciated as admission at the 1st Tuesday event are non-perishable food items for the Comox Valley Food Bank Society.

The food bank is another local charitable initiative that has helped many local families. Director Jeff Hampton has been working with the food bank for 25 years, coordinating volunteers and developing effective systems to collect and distribute food to families in need.

As usual, the evening will start with a short opening set by hosts Judy and Bruce Wing along with violinist Blaine Dunaway.

Since its start in 2008 the monthly concert series has raised thousands of dollars for the community charities by pairing local musicians with their favourite charity. The events are sponsored by the Mex Pub.

For more information about 1st Tuesday fundraising events, please contact Judy or Bruce Wing at 250-897-0423 or visit their website at www.judyandbruce.com/foodbank.

— Judy and Bruce Wing

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Guenther’s efforts are aimed at persons in need. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Courtenay group provides showers of chivalry for those in need

Guenther just got federal tax status for Wiseland Humanitarian Association

Comox Strathcona Waste Management expects to go to tender this summer for the regional organics compost facility in Campbell River. File photo/Black Press
Comox Strathcona compost site should go to tender this summer

The regional organics facility is on target to open for the fall of 2022

The site of the King George Hotel in Cumberland. Photo by Mike Chouinard
VIU students research Cumberland’s past, future

Specific practicum topics were King George Hotel’s significance, densification incentives

Courtenay–Alberni MP Gord Johns says 12 million Canadians do not have dental insurance. Photo by Bofu Shaw, courtesy of Unsplash
Courtenay–Alberni MP, CDA consider dental care for all Canadians

Gord Johns has initiated a mail-out that asks constituents the date of… Continue reading

A 407 Squadron CP-140 Aurora, along with a Halifax-Class frigate enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea in support of Op Neon in 2019. Canadian Forces photo/submitted
407 Squadron defends Canada for 80 years

The Comox-based squadron celebrating special anniversary

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

People pass the red hearts on the COVID-19 Memorial Wall mourning those who have died, opposite the Houses of Parliament on the Embankment in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kirsty Wigglesworth
For a view of a COVID-19 future, Canadians should look across the pond

Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Most Read