Winnipeg musician John K. Samson is headlining a Nov. 12 benefit concert in Churchill to raise money for residents laid off when Port of Churchill owner announced this summer that no wheat would be shipped from the Hudson Bay community this year.
Samson is the former front man for The Weakerthans and the concert was organized by Frontiers North Adventures CEO John Gunter and Belinda Fitzpatrick, owner of Churchill’s Tundra Inn.
“We wanted to do something,” said Gunter in a press release. “This is a small town and everyone knows everyone. We’re neighbours and we’re friends. I reached out to John K. and he immediately understood what we are trying accomplish. He is very gracious and has offered to help us elevate the awareness of this important issue beyond the town of Churchill.”
Frontiers North Adventures also helped Churchill’s Hungry Bears Food Bank launch HungryBears.ca, a website to accept donations, and the idea behind the concert is to raise attention and money for the food bank, which may see more clients than usual since the port layoffs affect about 10 per cent of the town’s population.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to be invited to play in Churchill,” said Samson. “We want the community to know that Manitobans are thinking of them, and hope we can help spread the word.”