Charity Variety Show Blossoms out of Earthquake Zone
For the first 48 hours performer and artistic director of the Calgary Improv Guild Rick Hilton waited to hear word from Nepal.
His daughter Stephanie, 27, was there travelling when the April 25 Gorkha earthquake rumbled through, killing over 8,000 people and injuring 19,000 more. Word eventually came over Facebook. She was safe and sound but had witnessed firsthand the heartbreak caused by the natural disaster. She told friends and family what was going on around her via the social media site, her only way of communication.
It was those stories that prompted the veteran performer to reach out to his own community and spearhead the upcoming charity variety show, A Night of Love for Nepal.
For the past three years their June Jazz Celebration has built up from a single show to a mini-festival. Now, in 2015, they are ready to reclaim the name, Calgary Jazz Festival.
The four day festival will run from June 18 to 21 and will include Main Stage Events at the Ironwood, Late Night Shows at Lolita's Lounge and free public outreach events including a New Orleans 2nd Line Parade down Stephen Avenue Mall and an afternoon of family activities as part of the Inglewood Jazz Walk.
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