Battle of the Bands held in honour of slain teen, aims to raise drug awareness
The West End Cultural Centre is hosting a Battle of the Bands concert Sunday evening. (file image)
Published Sunday, December 9, 2012 3:13PM CST
Last Updated Sunday, December 9, 2012 5:07PM CST
Seven bands will go head-to-head in a battle of the bands at the West End Cultural Centre Sunday night.
The People, Public Parkade and Still as Scarlet are among the bands vying for the top spot.
The competition will begin at 6 p.m. A panel of judges including Sean Quigley, famous for his Little Drummer Boy music video, will announce who the winner is at 9:30 p.m.
The fourth annual Battle of the Bands is an initiative of the TJ’s Gift Foundation, an organization that promotes drug awareness.
The foundation was started by Karen and Floyd Wiebe, whose son TJ was murdered in 2003.
“My wife and I knew we had to do something in the community, and we formed the TJ’s Gift Foundation and ever since then we’ve dedicated our lives to helping kids make better choices," said Floyd. "We’ve raised almost a quarter of a million dollars in the last six years, and this is one of the events we put on.”
Between sets, the pair will discuss TJ’s life and show drug-awareness videos.
The pair have raised almost $250,000 for drug awareness campaigns in the past six years. The Battle of the Bands fundraiser is now in its fourth year.