Rock for Dimes Montreal 2015

Montreal executives play “Rock Star” to raise money for families with disabilities at Rock for Dimes.

Join Montreal’s top executives as they take to the stage at the ninth annual Rock for Dimes Battle of the Bands fundraising event. Six bands will shake the Theatre Corona on Saturday, November 20, 2015 with the goal of raising an estimated $30,000 for families living with physical disabilities. 

Sunset Drivers, MTL, The Sharx, PS, Exiled on the Main and Nobody’s Business will be competing for bragging rights as Montreal’s best corporate band in front of judges, musicians Stefano Guadignino, Adam Cieply and Patrick Lehman, Josh Trager, drummer of Sam Roberts Band and music therapist Hélene Engel. Music journalist Rick Keene will be the evening’s host.

In addition to the music, guests will enjoy food and the chance to win fabulous prizes. All proceeds benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for people with disabilities.  

Also, six Montreal residents were provided with funding towards the acquisition of tablets (like and iPad or Android device) to help improve communication and independence. Access to a tablet can help individuals living with a communication disability to better access and participate in their community.

“This tablet is going to open up my son’s world,” says Nelson Asinowski, whose son Morgan, is legally blind. “It will help him in school, access the internet in a way that fully-sighted already can,” he continues.

Funding for the devices, apps and training is provided by March of Dimes Canada’s Istvan and Barbara Haas Fund. The Fund came from the estate of the late John Haas, a donor who designated that funds be allocated to the provision of assistive devices for people whose needs are both physical and financial. He dedicated the Fund in memory of his late parents who were Holocaust survivors.

“We couldn’t be more excited about staging Rock for Dimes again in Montreal,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, National Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada.  “Being able to provide communication technology to six Montreal residents living with disabilities, and knowing how it will improve communication, help their families and help improve independence for those recipients makes this event even more special.”  

National sponsors include Long & McQuade, Airgo Medical, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Sun Media, Vantage Mobility (VMI) and Agency59. Additional sponsors include Centre Hyperbare, Delmar International Inc., Dundee Goodman Private Wealth, ​Espace Libre, Fidelity Investments, Montreal Stroke Club Chapter, MTL, and Tormax.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Theatre Corona Virgin Mobile on 2440 Notre Dame West, Montreal. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information or to order tickets please visit or call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380.

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