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Sackville Heights Community Centre blowout charity show for Phoenix Youth Programs

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Best band to enjoy quietly: Envision

This Saturday April 11 provides a perfect chance to do the following: 1) Spend a Saturday evening in Sackville. 2) See a metric ton of bands. 3) Support a wonderful cause. All this by way of the Sackville Heights Community Centre (45 Connolly Road, Lower Sackville) charity event for Phoenix Youth Programs, a Halifax-based teen emergency shelter that provides counseling and emergency aid for abused and troubled teens. They also provide a music program that teaches teens to channel their aggression and stress through music rather than violence and substance abuse. Get there early, because the show starts at 5pm, as there are a whopping 10 bands: Forever Will Fall, Megalodon, Empathy Takes Energy, The Pinheads, Envision, A Sight For Sewn Eyes, Stay Hungry, Get Bodied! (PEI), Pest Control (PEI) and Syracuse Me (PEI). Co-organizer Zach Dion says the event is “a group effort between me and the peers in my college class. I am currently taking a music business course at Dartmouth Waterfront NSCC, and the final project is to do a fundraising event of any kind for a charity of our choice. We decided to do Phoenix Youth Programs because they are from our community and directly related to the people who attend our shows and play in the bands. I think it is very important to raise awareness about these kind of shelters because they are there to help people.” Dion also wanted to “show the local community that younger people do care about their community. So often younger people get judged because of their tattoos, piercings, hair color or style. It’s just nice to show people that we do care about the local community. What better way to do that then through music, the one thing most of us are most passionate about.” The cover for the night is on a schedule: $6 before 6pm, $7 from 6-7pm, and $8 for the rest of the night, but Dion enforces, “it isn't about the money we make, it’s about the awareness we raise in the people who come.”

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