Nelly Furtado headlines PHOENIX: Syrian Refugee Fundraising Concert

Victoria's Furtado concert features 54-40’s Neil Osborne and Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba

  • Jun. 30, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Nelly Furtado performs a fundraising concert for the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society July 25.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society is hosting a fundraising concert at Victoria’s historic Royal Theatre. The concert will headline internationally acclaimed singer Nelly Furtado who is not only known for chart-topping music, but for significant acts of benevolence supporting the development of young musicians as well as assisting the plight of refugees.

“Nelly Furtado asked us to name this event: PHOENIX. Of course we agreed,” said VIRCS Executive Director, David Lau. “We are still not sure why – but I believe it will be her surprise for Victoria. The concert is a situation where Ms Furtado’s generosity of spirit has consolidated a great deal of good will and interest.

“It was Nelly’s name that enabled us to bring in other truly impressive musical talents.”

The Victoria Symphony will be supporting Nelly Furtado’s performance with truly original orchestral renditions by American composer Sean O’Loughlin.

Adding to the star factor and definitely the musical texture of the night will be the legendary Neil Osborne, front-man of Canadian super-group, 54 40.

Alex Cuba, whose career is soaring with his ground-breaking new album ‘Healer’ will make this night a truly special one for the Immigrant and Refugee Centre who are locally known for years of Latin-Caribbean festival events in the1990’s that made Victoria a world focus for Latin music. It was because of Afro-Cuban jazz greats like Cuba’s father, Valentin Puentes, that VIRCS was able to present world-class festivals.

“In many ways this is a home-coming and, it’s to help welcome new neighbours in need – what could be better?” said Alvaro Moreno, VIRCS Settlement Director and musical veteran of Kumbia, a favourite Victoria-based Latin music ensemble.

“The third week of July will be a spectacular week for music in greater Victoria,” says Lau “Music-lovers get to honour the Tragically Hip on the 22nd, revel at Rock the Shores and then of course, our spectacular night – PHOENIX! I hope Victorians stay in town and take it all in. We are thrilled, not only for our emergency refugee fund and what we need to do with it, but for Victorians who will enjoy an amazing night of music.”

Major supporters include Black Press, Delta Hotels and The Cooperators.

Tickets start at $65. Go to VICTORIA IMMIGRANT & REFUGE CENTRE SOCIETY for more information and to The Royal Theatre for tickets.

 

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