Be sure to head to the Mex Pub Oct. 7 to hear singer/songwriter PK Tessmann take the stage in support of the Comox Valley Child Development Association.
Tessmann is the featured guest of the 1st Tuesday Fundraiser Concert Series, a special event held on the first Tuesday of each month that pairs performers with their favourite charities.
Admission is by donation to the Comox Valley Child Development Association (or food donation for the food bank), and the evening starts at 7:30 with an opening set by event hosts Judy and Bruce Wing.
This Vancouver Island indie-folk songstress is an artist of substance, delivering soaring melodies and heart-to-heart lyrics with her honey-sweet voice.
With the confident timing of a skilled percussionist, Tessmann strums a few chords on her guitar and her audience leans in. The sincerity of her performance and the clarity of her voice are a mesmerizing mix, leaving you fully satisfied by either an acoustic ballad or a full band groove.
Trained in vocal jazz and seasoned by years of live performance, Tessmann’s appearances are memorable.
She has spent more than a decade performing at various festivals, community stages and private venues, including Vancouver Island MusicFest in 2014.
Songs from her first solo album Maybe have won songwriting contests and been included in multiple compilation albums.
Her most recent release is a three-song EP, produced by Corwin Fox, that gives her fans a preview of her evolving musical style. It includes the songs Nice to Meet You, written after the birth of her son, and You Made Your Own Bed, a touching tribute to the late Amanda Todd. As an early child educator for 11 years, Tessmann has a heart for children – and herein lies the reason for her choice of the CVCDA as recipient of the evening’s proceeds.
The Comox Valley Child Development Association has been a resource for families in the Comox Valley for 40 years, providing programs and support for children and youth with special needs and their families.
Last year more than 800 families accessed these services. A referral and consultation process allows CVCDA staff to provide each family with an individualized service plan to access a wide variety of programs. As part of its commitment to the delivery of high quality programs, the CVCDA is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF Canada), an accreditation recognized internationally.
Proceeds from the evening will be contributed to the Children’s Telethon, to be held Sunday, Nov. 2. Funds raised are relied on to upgrade facilities and equipment at the CVCDA. Representatives from the CVCDA will be available at the Mex Pub concert event Oct. 7 to answer questions about their programs and provide receipts for donations.
For a preview of PK Tessmann’s music, visit www.pktessmann.ca. For more information about CVCDA programs and services, visit www.cvcda.ca.