Music power couple to perform at 2015 President’s Gala

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January 20, 2015
One of Canada’s most influential cultural couples will perform for the first time together in Lloydminster as special guests of Lakeland College
Raine Maida, of Our Lady Peace, and singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk are headlining the 2015 President’s Gala, presented by Synergy Credit Union, on March 27, 5:30pm (doors open).
 
“It is an incredible honour to have Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida perform at the President’s Gala in support of our students,” says Nadine Walker-Perry, manager of donor relations and research. “They are both talented musicians whose philanthropic work is inspiring and a fitting match for the President’s Gala. This event is about ensuring we can continue to make the cost of a post-secondary education more manageable for our students through our awards program.”

While Kreviazuk and Maida are quick to lend their time to the studio and stage, they are equally committed to lending their help to those in need – both in Canada and internationally. In March, the couple received the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award that recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. Kreviazuk and Maida were also recently made members of the Order of Canada for their achievements as musicians and for their extensive charitable and humanitarian work. 

“Not only am I able to express myself, and be able to play music for others and be creative for a living in life, but I can go to the next level and be a part of true greatness — the process of another human being’s healing, possibly playing even a small role in improving the quality of life of another,” Kreviazuk says.

War Child Canada is one of the many organizations the married couple has embraced. Kreviazuk is an honorary founder and active in various causes including women’s rights, war refugees and child education. Maida launched War Child’s Busking for Change program, in which Canadian musicians have raised money for children in the world’s most devastated regions, supporting initiatives such as the construction of schools in the Congo. Additionally the couple has recorded contributions for multiple benefit albums for War Child.

“I was first drawn to music because of the inherent ‘hope’ it provided me,” Maida says. “Social activism carries that same promise and the two together have shaped and taught me more than I could ever repay.”

President’s Gala tickets selling quickly

Tickets for the third annual President’s Gala went on sale on Dec. 15 and already the event is more than 50 per cent sold. People can purchase individual and corporate tickets online at vicjubatheatre.ca and at the Vic Juba Community Theatre Box Office. All proceeds raised will enable the creation of scholarships, awards and bursaries needed to make educational goals a reality.

On March 27 gala guests will dine on a four-course meal complete with table service, ice wine and truffle table, and a complimentary bar at the Lloydminster campus. The event will also include a live and silent auction, luxury package raffle and live entertainment from Kreviazuk and Maida.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for the gala. To become a sponsor and to learn more about the President’s Gala, please contact Nadine Walker-Perry, manager of donor relations & research, at 780-871-5713.

Kreviazuk is a two-time JUNO Award winner and Maida is a four-time winner with Our Lady Peace. Kreviazuk made her critically acclaimed full-length debut, Under These Rocks and Stones, in 1997. Since then, the Winnipeg born musician has released five more studio albums, and garnered five JUNO Award nominations. Maida has forged a dynamic career as a solo artist and the front man for the band Our Lady Peace, 25-time JUNO Award nominees, including winners for Rock Album of the Year in 2003 (Gravity) and 1998 (Clumsy). The pair has also co-written countless hits for artists such as Kelly Clarkson, David Cook and Carrie Underwood.
January 20, 2015