Manitoba artists give time & talent to help typhoon relief efforts
Outside the Burton Cummings Theatre, the temperature dropped to minus 36 but inside the theatre, the “Show for the Philippines” was a musical extravaganza! A handful of talented Manitoba artists came together for one evening to share one stage for one important cause. They would spend an evening to share their time and talent to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
And it became more heated inside the theatre when Ace Burpee announced that the show had raised $100,000 for the victims of Haiyan typhoon, a feat attained after a short planning of the musical extravangza!
(SHOW) for the Philippines was hosted by 1031 Virgin Radio’s Ace Burpee. The program went smoothly with his unique sense of humour, as he commented on the largest Filipino flag in Canada as a backdrop for the evening. His spontaneous adlibs enlivened the show.
All the performers who donated their time and talent had shown so much high caliber entertainment, albeit a short notice by the producers. Forget Saturday Night Live or Broadway, you were listening to the songs and antics of local great talents. We were proud to be Manitobans.
The showcase of talents included Beverly Wynne, April Rose Llave, Next Star Mimoza Duot and her brother Moises Duot, Jr.; Dane Bjornson, Tiffany Ponce, The Treble, FLO ft. James Roth, Curtiss Paul & Darren Burtniak, Maxime Peters, Those Guys, Michael Champagne, Sierra Noble, Highlights Performing Group, and YouTube sensation, Maria Aragon.
Larry Vickar, CEO and president of Vickar Autogroup, with his wife, Tova, together with their sons, Sam and Steven Vickar, and Rino Attardo and the more than 80 staff members, were on stage to present the $30,000 donation to the Red Cross.
Manitoba Harvest, represented by the company’s CFO, Marcel Joaquin together with his wife Marjorie Soldevilla, presented a $10,000 donation. Shawn Feely, provincial director, Red Cross accepted the donations.
More donations were collected throughout the evening from merchandise sales, 50/50 draw and a raffle for the largest poster size Winnipeg Jets tickets. The Winnipeg Jets tickets were graciously donated by the Kozminsky family.
The corporate partners that made (SHOW) for the Philippines include Winnipeg Airport Authority, Half-Moon Drive-In, Prairie 360, Vickar Autogroup, TD Bank, Robertson College, Red River Ex, Refresh, Mosaic Funeral, Dufresne, Pullan Kamerloch Frohlinger, RCBC Royl Bank, Market Burger, Eventlight,ca, Sound Art, Boston Pizza, Manitoba Filipino Business Council, Guppy Design, Councillor Scott Fielding, Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Innotech Nutrition, Manitoba Harvest, The UPS Store Kenaston Common, and the Rosalinda Natividad Cantiveros Foundation.
This successful show was presented by Filipino Journal, 103.1 Virgin Radio, Shaw Winnipeg, and POP Sports and Entertainment.
All concert proceeds will go toward Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in the Philippines. (SHOW) for the Philippines raised approximately $50,000 during the concert. Additional donations are still being collected and as of printing, over $60,000 in donations have been raised. All money raised before December 23rd will be match dollar-for-dollar by the Canadian Government.