This Friday (Oct. 19), members of the public are invited to treat themselves to some spectacular entertainment in a beautiful setting while supporting mental health in Peterborough and surrounding area.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge (C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. is honoured to be the beneficiary of the second annual Music for Mental Health event organized by Kerry McMaster and Stephen Stamp.
For only $20 or pay what you can, attendees can enjoy a variety of musical and poetic performances at the Mount Community Centre (1545 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. while performances start at 8 p.m. and continue until 10:30 p.m., with proceeds being directed to C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. for local programming.
“My partner Stephen and I really wanted to do something to make a direct difference to support mental health initiatives in the community because we have both faced our own challenges with mental health and we know how difficult it can be to get the help that you need. A show combining music and poetry just made perfect sense, given that I’m a musician and Stephen is a poet,” says McMaster.
“The show went well last year and we’re excited to do it again and raise money for the local C.M.H.A.’s programming. They help at the grass roots and we want to support what they do.”
This year’s lineup includes Paper Shakers, Hillary Dumoulin, Ace and The Kid, Kerry Jayne, Wes Ryan, Cee Terry, Stephen Stamp, Britt Hall and more.
Jack Veitch, Manager of Community Engagement and Education for C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. recognizes the important role of community advocates such as McMaster and Stamp.
“Through this event, Kerry and Stephen are using their talents and abilities, as well as their personal experiences with mental health, to strengthen our community. Not only are they supporting C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R. programming; they’re offering a venue for the public to engage their senses and socialize, which we know can be a great way to manage personal mental wellness,” says Veitch.