Darwin Gagne of Campbell River will be performing an evening concert at the Mex Pub on May 5 as guest performer of the 1st Tuesday Fundraisers.
His last band “Elmer Thudd” played around Campbell River and the Comox Valley for many years, and audiences enjoy his guitar work on renditions of popular songs by James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel. Although the band is no longer playing, Darwin continues to play where he can, such as house parties and open mics.
“I play whatever music catches my mood of the moment, and so I end up with an eclectic mixture of cover tunes and some original music,” says Darwin.
Admission to the evening concert is by donation, and proceeds will go to YANA (you can bring a non-perishable food item for the Comox Valley Food Bank).
“We’re grateful to be included again, and happy that Darwin Gagne has chosen to support YANA and the local families that access our services with his music,” says Ocean Varney, community relations co-ordinator at YANA.
For those new to the Comox Valley, YANA is a locally founded charity that provides financial assistance to families of the Comox Valley whose children need to access medical services that are not available locally.
The organization provides out of town accommodation, and travel assistance so that families can stay together during stressful times of uncertainty. Founded in 1986, YANA has been near and dear to the hearts of valley residents, helping thousands of families by funding medical trips to Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, as well as the U.S. Many local families have been helped through the organization’s fundraising, which relies on the generous support of local residents and businesses.
“Darwin’s style of music is very appealing to audiences,” adds event organizer Judy Wing. “We’ve hosted open mics for many years, and Darwin is one of the performers that patrons ask about to know when they’ll get a chance to hear him again.
“If they don’t know him by name, they refer to him as the ‘James Taylor guy,’ and we know just who they mean.”
The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. with an opening set by Judy and Bruce Wing, joined by violinist Blaine Dunaway, followed by a feature set by Darwin Gagne.
There are also a few door prize draws after the show. The Mex Pub is located at 1003 Ryan Rd.
For more information about accessing YANA services, please visit their website at yanacomoxvalley.com. For more information about 1st Tuesday Fundraiser events visit judyandbruce.com or find their Facebook page at 1st Tuesday Fundraisers.