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Hermann's host the Power of a Dream fundraiser

The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind Presents "Power of the Dream," A
Benefit Concert in support of the Blind People in Charge Program this
Saturday, April 8 2 PM - 4PM at Hermanns Jazz Club.

Featured Artists Include:-
Sky Mundell, Marcelina Stanton, The VIP Singers and Tom Dekker. Performer
bios are below.

The Pacific Training Centre for The Blind, a local nonprofit service
organization founded and run by blind people, will host its sensational
"Power of the Dream" benefit concert to help raise funds for and spread
awareness about its empowering programs. Come and celebrate the talents of
blind and sighted performers in a fun atmosphere with tasty food and a full
bar service. Door prizes and auction items will also be available.

WHEN: This Saturday April 8th 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM
WHERE: Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street, Victoria
COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
ADVANCE TICKETS: Available at The Disability Resource Centre 817 Fort Street
or call 250-580-4910, or email elizabeth@pacifictrainingcentre.ca

Bios of Performers

Marcelina Stanton
Marcelina Stanton is a Singer, guitar player and Spanish teacher who arrived
in Canada from Chile in the year 2000. She's currently the director of the
VIP Singers along with other singing groups. She also performs on her own
and with friends.
She's married to Matthew and lives on the Malahat with her husband and
dog-guide Nelson.

Tom Dekker
Tom Dekker moved to Victoria three years ago from Ontario. He spent much of
his youth playing in a diverse range of bands from country to rock to
Newfoundland folk even an Italian Wedding Band. Tom has a three-year under
graduate Audio Music Industry Arts Production diploma. He regularly performs
at Gorge-ous Coffee in Victoria.

Lara Calton
Lara Calton, originally from Northern Ontario, has been living in Victoria
for nearly 6 years. She has been singing with various choirs, singing
partners, and groups since she was a child, and especially loves singing
covers of soul, Motown, folk, rock and other oldies songs. She was fortunate
enough to meet Tom Dekker a few months ago and is enjoying every opportunity
to sing and perform with him.

Kelsey Hampson
Kelsey Hampson has been playing the piano since she was three years old,
despite steadily losing her hearing since age four. She received a cochlear
implant at age 17, which lets her hear music better than she ever could
before. Kelsey is currently 24 years old and is teaching herself grade nine
piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her friend Erin Lacharity, 37
years old, has been totally blind since birth and has been singing in
various choirs since elementary school. Kelsey is currently teaching Erin
piano, voice, and music theory, and in the near future they will be learning
to read Braille sheet music.

Sky Mundell
At age 17 with no training, Sky Mundell played jazz classics on the piano
extremely well. In 2011, at age 19, he won "Vancouver Island's Got Talent."
Sky  plays the piano in the style of the jazz greats of the 40's 50's and
sixties.

VIP Singers
Two local women formed the VIP Singers 16 months ago; they wanted to sing in
a choir which would be accessible for blind and partially sighted folks who
just wanted to sing.  They approached Marcelina to be the Director and Sky
and Tom, to be the accompanists.  Marcelina arranges the songs and teaches
the harmonies which the choir learns by ear.  Sky picks up the melody from
Marcelina's guitar and adds his own signature to the songs and they all help
each other memorize the words.  The VIP Singers perform in seniors' homes,
hospitals and for social groups. Last summer they gave two outdoor concerts
at the community piano near the Oak Bay Marina Restaurant.

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