Musicians singing for the trees at August Commodore concert

February 26, 2017

As the protest against Texada company’s clearcutting of the Douglas fir trees on Salt Spring Island, BC dragged on in 2000, more and more people came on side including island rock stars.

Here is the article:

Gulf Islands Driftwood
Wednesday, July 26, 2000
Musicians singing for the trees at August Commodore concert
by Tanya Lester

Randy Bachman gave the nod to the Save Salt Spring Benefit Concert at the Commodore in Vancouver (set for Wednesday, August 9) and other performers soon got on board.

“Bachman was a big factor in having it happen,” said Salt Spring recording studio operator Paul Brousseau, co-organizer of what is being dubbed “the biggest concert of the summer.”

Brousseau said once the Guess Who superstar agreed to do the concert the band Chilliwack decided to reunite and get in on the line up.

Andrea Collins, who is helping Brousseau with the show, pointed out that it will be a multi-generational event with the Randy Bachman Band and Chilliwack musically representing the 1970s. Also on the bill are the Grapes of Wrath who shone brightest in the 1980s.

Going into the 1990s and the new millennium are Tal Bachman and Simon Collins (DJ Spacehead) and Tara MacLean who will also appear at the Vancouver event, said Collins.

Brousseau said the next step in organizing the concert was establishing a date that could be attended by all the performers. “That was the hardest part because they’re all on tour and to get the Commodore was quite a coup,” he said.

MacLean, a dedicated environmentalist who was arrested during the Clayoquot Sound protests, cancelled a big concert in Los Angeles in order to do the Vancouver show.

Most of the musicians live or have lived on Salt Spring and Brousseau has done
recording work in his Nomad Music student with all of them except Tal

Collins said there will also be a huge four-screen slide presentation compiled from the work of Salt Spring photographers including Uri Cogan, Osman Phillips, Jonathan Grant and Bart Terthiel. It will feature scenes of Salt Spring as well as
logging activity by Texada land Corporation.

Save Saltspring Campaign Fund, The Land Conservancy of BC and the Green Conscience
Fund will all have tables at the Vancouver event. There will be a raffle with prizes including stays at island bed and breakfasts.

Concert tickets will cost $45. The doors open at 8 pm and things get underway at 9. Proceeds will go to the Save SaltSpring Campaign Fund.

Tickets are on sale at Acoustic Planet…


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