Kids’ play for IWK

Indie bands and artists do what they do best to raise cash to buy crafty supplies for the IWK.

It's the fifth year for Crafts for Kids, a festival to raise money to buy craft, art and music supplies for children at the IWK. Organizer Lindsay Allain started the event to raise money for sick children, like her own little sister.

Allain says her sister "gets excited to stay at the hospital because of the craft room," so Allain "decided to make it more awesome for her." This year, the event is bigger than ever and boasts 38 bands in seven shows over five days, with local artists and musicians coming together to get people dancing and rocking out for a great cause.

Evening shows start at 10:30pm. On Thursday, December 10, punk fans can head over to Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola Street) to check out

Myles Deck and the Fuzz, Cuban Assassins, the Fat Stupids, Crimson Tides and Stop Motion Massacre ($5), or head back to Gus' on Friday, December 11, for a reunion party featuring No Flyers Please and four other bands ($5).

For a different feel, there'll be an all-ages event Saturday, December 12, from 4-9pm, with art rock at The Rock Garden (2304 Hunter Street, $5), featuring artists Chantal Tardiff, Mitchell Wiebe, Jason Johnson and more, plus a room of photography by kids from the IWK. The Rock Garden will also feature music by the Stolen Minks, DataCave, Hoop Dreams, Deluxe and Delangros and The Bad Arts.

Later Saturday night, head to the Seahorse (1665 Argyle Street) for some heavy hitters, The Got To Get Got, The First Aid Kit, The Grass and the Bad Motels ($7). On Sunday, December 13 is another all-ages event, a buy-a-thon at Studio A (6208 Quinpool Road, $5, 3pm), where The Visitation, The Mackenzie Kings and The Numbered Head will play during an art auction and bake sale.

Crafts for Kids closes off with a bang on Sunday night at The Paragon Theatre (2039 Gottingen Street, $5, 10:30pm) with Laura Peek and the Winning Hearts, The Lodge, Hymm, The Ramblers and a surprise guest.

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