Austin and Cox in concert for hospice

1st Tuesday Fundraiser hosts Judy and Bruce Wing would like to invite you to the Mex Pub on Tuesday, Dec. 5 to hear featured guests Helen Austin and Doug Cox.

The evening concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is by donation with all proceeds supporting the Comox Valley Hospice Society.

This will be the last event hosted by the Wings, and the new host Scott Lyle will be continuing the tradition in the new year. The Wings feel very confident that they’ve found the perfect fit for carrying the event forward, and are pleased that the events will continue to bring together great music and causes.

“We are very appreciative of the Mex Pub and the sponsorship that Roy Tai has offered over the past nine years,” says Judy Wing. “It has ensured consistency and that makes a huge difference. We’ve met a lot of great folks and shared some wonderful community experiences. It has been a very rewarding initiative, and it feels great to know it’s going to continue.”

The musical successes of this month’s guest Helen Austin continue to inspire songwriters and musicians, who have watched her evolve as a musician and artist. There’s little she hasn’t done since her initial classical training, and her career has included an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades. She left a 20-year career as a headlining musical comedian in the UK to come to Canada and since then has built a serious reputation as a prolific songwriter.

Joining Austin for the evening is local world-renowned dobro player Doug Cox, whose musical career intersects with some of the world’s finest musicians. Cox has spent a lifetime in the music industry both as a musician and promoter, record producer, session player, TV and radio interviewer, and musical instructor. Cox is well known in the Comox Valley as an accomplished blues player and as the artistic director and executive director of the Vancouver Island Musicfest.

“I’m pleased that Doug Cox is joining me for this concert, we’ve had a lot of fun working together through VIMF, and on a collection of David Bowie songs that we performed,” says Austin.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) has moved its office to a new co- location with the Canadian Cancer Society and can now be accessed at 102-1509 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay. The CVHS continues to provide a wide range of services for those who are facing end of life concerns including compassionate care for palliative clients and their families.

Representatives from CVHS will be attending the event with information available, and to issue tax receipts if required.

The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. with an opening set by event organizers Judy and Bruce Wing, joined by the Snow Monkeez, Bruce Wing on guitar, violinist Blaine Dunaway and Steve Ruskin on keyboard. Donations of food for the Comox Valley Food Bank are also appreciated.

For more information about the evening’s entertainment visit helenaustin.com or dougcox.org. For more information about Comox Valley Hospice Society, visit comoxhospice.com.

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