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Gord Bamford to kick off Canada Day in Pembroke

By Celina Ip

Country superstar Gord Bamford will be kicking off Canada Day weekend in Pembroke with a benefit concert on June 29, in support of the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.

Country superstar Gord Bamford will be kicking off Canada Day weekend in Pembroke with a benefit concert on June 29, in support of the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.

Country superstar Gord Bamford will help to sine a light on mental health this Canada Day with a benefit concert to support the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.

 

The 41-year-old Australian-Canadian country music singer has five studio albums to his name. Nine of his songs have charted on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. He is currently one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with 24 Canadian Country Music Association awards and (CCMA), multi Juno nominations. His latest hit “Neon Smoke” is currently sixth on the country charts.

Several years ago, Bamford performed Pembroke’s Festival Hall and he was also involved with Jason Blaine’s inaugural Night with the Stars Gala and Celebrity Charity Golf Classic in 2014.

This June 29, Bamford is more than pleased to be returning to Pembroke to put on a concert just in time to celebrate Canada Day weekend

“I’ve had the opportunity to come to Pembroke a few times and I’m looking forward to going back and seeing some good friends,” said Bamford. “I’m also a proud Canadian and I think it’ll be a great place to kick-off Canada Day weekend.”

Hosted by the City of Pembroke in partnership with the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre, the show will also serve as a benefit concert with a portion of the sales going towards the Robbie Dean Centre to fund their counselling services and programs.

Having lost his brother-in-law a few years back, Bamford said that he’s a strong advocate of mental health and pleased to have the opportunity to raise awareness and funding for the Robbie Dean Centre so they can continue to offer accessible mental health services to the area.

“I feel a personal connection to the Robbie Dean Centre as I lost my brother-in-law several years back and it was a terrible loss for our family. He struggled with depression and a lot of the same issues that people do in those situations,” said Bamford. “So to be a part of this benefit concert and to give back is a such a great thing for me.”

To make it more affordable and encourage more ticket sales, Bamford has even agreed to waive his booking and rider fees to ensure more people can attend the show and offer their support to the Robbie Dean Centre. With between 700 and 1,000 tickets expected to be sold, the concert will serve as an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for the centre which receives no government financial support.

Along with raising awareness about mental health and supporting the Robbie Dean Centre, Bamford is eager to celebrate Canada Day in style with the people of Pembroke.

“A uniqueness of what I do is that I get to meet great people and form great friendships everywhere I go – and Pembroke is one of those places for sure,” said Bamford. “I know that the people in Pembroke are passionate about their music and we're just hoping that everybody comes out and has a great time.”

Tickets for the show are available at the city's recreation office at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, by calling 613-735-6821 ext. 1501 or at www.gordbamford.com

cip@postmedia.com 



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