Vancouver rocks through a snowstorm for March of Dimes Canada!

Snowy battle of the bands raises $34,000 for charity

For Immediate Release – If you weren’t one of the over 400 people at the legendary Commodore Ballroom, you missed quite a show.

Eight local bands  – Rising Down, Big Back Yard & Co, Freshwater Sharks, Luke Honeythunder Blues & Soul Explosion, The Future Friendly Five, The Ringtones, Warehouse Dogs, and Still Living at Home – rocked for an enthusiastic audience and a panel of celebrity judges, all to support March of Dimes Canada.

And they did it in a snowstorm.

Altogether, the event raised $34,000, all of which will benefit MODC programs for children and adults with disabilities. 

‘Vancouver is always so supportive of our work,’ said Mary Lynne Stewart, National Director of Fund Development and Communications for MODC. ‘And this year has been particularly exciting, being at a famous venue like the Commodore.’

MODC also ran its Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative (AMTI) in Vancouver this year. Four deserving recipients – Sherry Bruce, Robert Love, Jeffrey Moulins, and John Cowie - will each receive a customized tablet loaded with apps chosen to address their specific needs and to help them live more independently. 

‘Most of us use technology for convenience, or entertainment,’ Stewart added. ‘And tablets are fun. But they can also be tools that lead to more independence and community participation.’ 

Our very generous sponsors are: Long&McQuade, Agency 50, 96.9 Jack FM, Global Vancouver, TEMEC, Mercer, Singleton Reynolds, Richards Buell Sutton, Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, the Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Telus, Lawson Lundell LLP, and The Commodore Ballroom.

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 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:
Tina Siegel
Public Relations and Media Coordinator
March of Dimes Canada
416.425.3463 ext. 7258​

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