“It’s about the homeless. Nothing more, nothing less.”
That, in a nutshell, is the slogan and modus operandi behind Blank-Fest, a growing network of independent music festivals held in Canada, the U.S. and England designed to obtain blankets to keep the homeless warm.
Most recently, Alberta became the newest addition to the network via November 5th’s Blank-Fest Calgary, held at the Blind Beggar Pub, which raised nearly $1000, 200 blankets and some winter clothing for the city’s homeless shelter, The Mustard Seed.
The 12-hour marathon festival got underway at 2 p.m., and featured a dozen rock and metal bands from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, including Stampede Six, Grime House, Stella and Dreams Of Reason. The 10 participating acts also donated a track to the compilation album, Blank-Fest Calgary – Vol. 1 – It’s About The Homeless; Nothing More, Nothing Less, available for free download at www.blankfest.bandcamp.com
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