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"Good luck Gord" concert

We all give in our own way on a daily basis. We work hard for our family, support our friends, and lend a hand when the opportunity arises. A local musician, Gord Brush, suffered a stroke on Christmas Day and has been recovering in the hospital ever since. He's currently in rehab and is expected to eventually make a full recovery but it will take many months. Local musician Andrew Smith has generously taken it upon himself to organize a “Good Luck Gord” to support Gord Brush and Jane Eamon through this difficult time. For those who don’t know Jane and Gord, they are local songwriters who, for over a decade, have acted as community parents to the songwriting. They’ve hosted songwriters events, community workshop sessions, and truly led the charge in promoting and building a songwriting community in Kelowna. Jane and Gord were also the lead musicians for the Kelowna Centennial song a few years ago and Jane has won numerous songwriting awards. As you will hear in the interview below as soon as the concept was launched it had so much support offered that it is now unable to feature all of the musicians that want to lend a hand to support one of their own. 
 
Here is Andrew Smith talking about the “Good luck Gord” concert and his connection with Jane Eamon and Gord Brush. 
 
 
Tickets for the show, held at the Bohemian Cafe, on Friday Feb 13th can be purchased here for $20: https://tickets-goodluckgordfrifeb13th.eventbrite.ca/
The full line up can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/773681292725139
 
This weekend Generosity Day, Feb 14th,  also returns to Kelowna.  A number of local organizations and non-profits are challenging us all to be generous on Feb 14th. 
 
 

 
Whether it is donating to a local charity, buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line, volunteering at an event, or simply holding the door for someone, every generous gesture adds up and makes the Okanagan an even better place to be.  
 
Here are a few ideas from last year that were posted to a Facebook page that has been set up to support the day.
 
 

 

 

 

 
If you do decide to do something use the hashtag #okletsgive to join the conversation or maybe post an “unselfie” photo or video sharing your generous act.


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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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