For Immediate Release
January 24, 2019
5th Annual Raising Our Voices – Whistler International Women’s Day Celebration – March 8
Whistler’s premier showcase of awesome musical women is back!
WHISTLER, BC – Join us on March 8, as the Howe Sound Women’s Centre in collaboration with Arts Whistler hosts its annual fundraiser celebrating International Women’s Day. The event will be held at the Maury Young Arts Centre and marks the 5th annual Raising Our Voices – Whistler International Women’s Day Celebration. Year after year, this event grows in talent, attendance and fundraising, promising to make the 2019 celebration the biggest year yet.
Over 25 female musicians will be showcased in a cabaret-style evening from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. It’s always an incredible evening of talent that showcases Whistler’s impressive roster of female musicians. From rockers to alt-folk voices, these women light up the stage, wowing audiences every year.
The event owes its initial and continued success to the multitude of female performers who donate their time and talent. Performers taking the stage this year include Rachel Lewis, Sheila Sherkat, Lozen, Susan Holden, Chicks with Picks, Vocalicious, and many more.
Raising Our Voices was initiated five years ago by the Howe Sound Women’s Centre as an annual fundraiser. The event has evolved significantly since its first year as an open mic night at Black’s Pub. In its second year, the event moved to a bigger venue at Dusty’s, and last year moved to the even bigger stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre.
All funds raised support the delivery of crucial services by Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society (HSWC), an organization dedicated to the prevention of violence against women. They support women, children and youth impacted by intimate partner violence, abuse and conflict. HSWC services include emergency transition housing; support; resources; referrals and advocacy throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor including Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, and the First Nations communities of Squamish, Lil’wat, N’Quat,qua, Samahquam, Douglas and Skatin. The population in their service area is more than 36,000, disbursed over approximately 200 kilometers.
Funds are raised at the event through admission by donation at the door and a silent auction. Event organisers are gratefully accepting items for the auction from now through to the event. The generosity of event-goers and community businesses have helped make the event a significant fundraiser for HSWC.
Raising Our Voices Contacts and Resources:
Silent Auction: To donate a silent auction item, please contact Laurie Hannah, the Whistler & Pemberton Community Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate: If you cannot make the event but would like to donate Raising Our Voices, please visit http://hswc.ca/donate/
Volunteer: To volunteer at the event, please contact Susan Holden at email@example.com.
Howe Sound Women’s Centre
Whistler & Pemberton Community Program Manager