Keep the Beat back for ninth year in Nelson

This student organized music/arts fundraiser for War Child Canada will be held at Lakeside Park on August 23.

Keep the Beat organizers receive a cheque from the Nelson and District Credit Union toward the event on August 23. Top row

Keep the Beat is back again!

Running for a total of eight years, this student organized music/arts fundraiser for War Child Canada will be held at Lakeside Park and will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.

With a wide selection of musical entertainment and dancing, this community event is sure to get your feet tapping and your fingers snapping.

The entire event is in association with War Child Canada; a non-government, non-profit organization which works with children and their families in war torn countries around the world.

By supporting War Child Canada with profits from the event, and by spreading awareness among the people, Keep the Beat will also be directly supporting children and their families through War Child’s main areas of focus: opportunity, education, and justice.

In previous years, Keep the Beat, on average, has had revenue of $12,000 and they hope to do the same this year. Every penny earned will be donated directly to War Child Canada.

Not only does Keep the Beat provide positive outcomes with community growth and a chance to show case local talent through musical and arts performance, but it also brings the community together for a day of music, dancing, and family fun.

This year, Keep Beat has a stellar line up with musicians from around the Kootenays. Musicians such as recent Starbelly Jam performers James Lamb and Mrs. Strange, local Symphony of the Kootenays director Jeff Faragher, the youthful, student led-L.V. Rogers jazz combo Swing Theory and the international talent Erica Dee.

Closing the night off will be Roy has Fire. This youthful band has toured around the Kootenays creating a name for themselves playing a rock/ alternative mix.

In addition to this spectacular day of music, this year Keep the Beat will also have a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction featuring many beautiful items donated by local businesses, a kids activity tent with bracelet making, hula hooping, face painting and various kids games, and a communal banner.

Due to the generous support from the community, all activities will be free with a donation box.

If there are any questions about Keep the Beat concerning the fundraiser, music or activities, you can contact Galen Boulanger at galen.boulanger(at) or Dunavan Morris-Janzen at dunny1233(at)

They also encourage you to check out their Facebook site or the official War Child Canada website,



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