“Safe and Sound” Benefit Aims to Awaken Awareness about Youth Homelessness in NL

In St. John’s, 30% of the homeless population are young people between the ages of 16 and 24 – and that’s 10% higher than the Canadian national average.
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Safe and Sound is the latest local show pushing for social change — this time shedding a light youth homelessness, an issue many people would be surprised to know the extent of in St. John’s. Choices for Youth’s shelter for young men has a 92.82% occupancy rate.

In St. John’s, 30% of the homeless population are young people between the ages of 16 and 24 – and that’s 10% higher than the Canadian national average. Last year, Choices for Youth saw close to 1,000 youth seeking support.

Last year, their outreach centre provided: 12,777 meals, 624 requests for housing assistance, 515 requests for employment supports, and 383 requests for education supports.

So go to this show tonight, all proceeds go into the noble pockets of Choices for Youth, and you get a night of fabulous music from some of the city’s best bands (Lady Brett Ashley and Steve Maloney & the Wandering Kind).

The headliner, Jeremy Fisher, is from Ontario and made a name from himself after releasing his debut album in 2001, and doing not just a tour, but a bicycle tour, starting in Seattle and ending in Halifax! Hence the fitting choice of song shared above.

Did the stunt work? Yes, it wasn’t too long after that he was playing shows as far flung as Japan, where he was opened for Alanis Morissette. Hawksley Workman produced his third, and break-out album, Goodby Blue Monday (2007).

From there he was found himself playing The Late Late Show, and touring with The Proclaimers, Blue Rodeo, and Great Big Sea. Not to mention 2 Juno Award nominations. If you like the show, and dunno where to start in his discography: go with Mint Juleps.

The show is at MUN’s The Breezeway, $20. Doors at 9.

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