On December 1st, Canada’s own reggae-rock band Bedouin Soundclash performed a benefit concert at Venue Nightclub in support of Virgin Mobile's RE*Generation movement. This initiative, implemented in 2008 by Virgin Mobile’s non-profit foundation Virgin Unite, aims to bring the issue of youth homelessness and at-risk youth in Canada onto the social radars of today’s generation.
In hopes of raising individual awareness and sparking collaborative action, Bedouin Soundclash jumped on board to support the cause. The proceeds from the concert went to the Broadway Youth Resouce Centre, which provides housing, emergency services, support and education opportunities for homeless and at-risk youth.
The concert itself was comfortably intimate, which was fitting considering the charitable nature of the event. Compared to most concerts at Venue, strobe light usage was minimal which was a definite addition to the atmosphere.
Drum solos by the talented Sekou Lumumba garnered elated cheers from percussion-loving audience members, while Bassist Eon Sinclair’s high energy got everyone on their feet, carelessly dancing the night away to the groovy sounds of ska emitting from the speakers. Lead singer Jay Malinowski seduced the crowd with his raspy narration and pitch-perfect vocals. An amazing mash-up of Stand by Me and the band’s breakthrough single, When the Night Feels My Song was definitely the highlight of the night as the entire venue belted out the words and swayed in the most pleasant kind of harmony.
But music aside, in light of the very important cause that concert was put on for, Bedouin Soundclash and Virgin Unite both deserve a big round of applause for their efforts!
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