Nine Years of Rocking for Dimes in Calgary

Annual battle of the bands raises money for local March of Dimes Canada programs​

February 9, 2016 

If you weren’t at Flames Central last night, you missed the showdown of the year. Three local bands – The F.O.G, The Advo-Cats, and CryBaby demonstrated their musical chops to a packed house and a panel of celebrity judges, and supported March of Dimes Canada while they did.

The difficult task of deciding on a winner fell to Dan Owen (owner of OCL Recording Studios), Shannon Robinson (Vice-President of JB Music Therapy), David Farmer (Senior Counsel at TransCanada Corporation, and member of MODC’s National Rock for Dimes and March of Dimes Calgary Committees), Rob Christopher, and Stefan Keyes (of Global Calgary).

It was close, and all the bands were terrific, but CryBaby edged out the others by raising both the roof and $7,355. The band won bragging rights and the coveted Rock for Dimes trophy.  The Advo-Cats, as the band that raised the most money at $15,600, walked away with four days of studio time at OCL Recording Studios, kindly donated by Dan Owen.

Altogether, the event raised over $32,000, all of which will benefit MODC programs for children and adults with disabilities. 88% of the money stays here in Alberta, and goes toward Conductive Education and Peer Support Groups.

‘We always have a great time in Calgary,’ said Mary Lynne Stewart, National Director of Fund Development and Communications for MODC. ‘It’s a very generous city, and that’s why we can continue to serve Albertans living with disabilities.’

For the first time, MODC also provided 6 deserving winners with a customized tablet through its Assistive Mobile Technology Program. Karen Peters, Vlada Shteinbah, Donald Harris, Bradley Clements, Trez Anderson, and Paul Piotto will all be able to customize their tablets with apps to help them communicate and live more independently. 

‘Technology is opening up so many doors for our consumers. AMTI is just one more way we can help them reach their full potential,’ Stewart added. 

Our very generous national sponsors are: Long&McQuade, Airgo Medical, the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Agency 59, and Vantage Mobility. Equally generous local sponsors include: JSS Barristers, Pellarin, Avante Solutions, Taipale Designs, the Calgary Sun, Global Calgary, Q107, OCL Studios, and Flames Central.

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across Canada.  For more information, please visit​ or call 1-800-263-3463.   


For more information, please contact:
Mary Lynne Stewart, National Director of Fund Development and Communications
Tel: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7312
Cell: 416-505-6537

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