Leukemia Live

Saturday, December 8 at the Marquee, 2037 Gottingen, 9pm, $20adv/$25, 311-9090.

The Marquee Club is the place to be this Saturday, December 8 as Charlie A’Court, Hot Toddy, Stephen Bowers, Ross Neilson and Little Derek & The Haemo Blues Band hit the stage in support of Leukemia Live, a musical extravaganza created by Derek Caine (AKA “Little Derek”) to raise funds for leukemia patients at the QEII hospital.

Talented blues harmonica player Caine, a leukemia patient himself, discovered the best way to cope with his ailing immune system was to play music and help other leukemia patients. “The very reason for this fundraiser has been a deep understanding of the physical and mental stress that you face when diagnosed with what, for many, is an incurable disease,” says Caine.

The sales of the two previously released CDs by Little Derek and the Haemo Blues Band have already raised $67,000 for Caine’s cause. Hopefully, this concert will far surpass Caine’s original goal of $75,000 to help those who, in addition to the challenges of treatment, have faced financial challenges.

“To be able to put back into the community is, for me, a big part of my coping mechanism.”

Multi-award winning local musician Charlie A’Court explains that this “killer night of music” will also host a lot of high-running emotions. “I was so enthused and inspired by Derek’s tenacity... to rise above that and commit to bringing a greater good out of a dark situation,” says A’Court.

One hundred percent of ticket sales for Leukemia Live will go towards the cause, since all the musicians and volunteers involved have donated their time and all costs to put on the show are covered by sponsors. Doors open at 8pm with the show starting at 9pm. Advance tickets cost $20 (available at all Ticketpro locations) and $25 at the door.

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