Dream Serenade, the annual benefit concert co-founded by musician Hayden (Desser) and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl, to help raise funds for children with developmental and physical disabilities and their families and caregivers, will — like other yearly in-person events — be going online this year.
Past performers have included Feist, the late Gord Downie, Sloan, Tanya Tagaq, Broken Social Scene, Barenaked Ladies, Tom Cochrane, Billy Talent, Sarah Harmer, Sloan, City & Colour, Jim Cuddy, and Sam Roberts.
The Nov. 28 show, hosted on Zoom, will benefit the Covid Family Relief Bursary, which Dream Serenade set up at the onset of the covid-19 pandemic. According to the press release, they received more than 450 applications in its first week and were able to provide support to 144 families at 55 schools across the Greater Toronto Area. Monies raised from the Saturday concert, in addition to a fundraising market and merchanise shop, will help top up the coffers.
Tickets are $20 all in. A limited number are available to watch the show together in real-time on Zoom. Then the $15 ones will go on sale.
"Our usual night of community celebration and fundraising at Dream Serenade is going to look a bit different this year," it reads on the Side Door show access page. "While we can't be together at Roy Thomson Hall for the 7th annual show, we hope to bring the same extraordinary spirit of the evening to a live virtual performance event on November 28th that you can watch from home. The virtual show will run for about 1.5 hours including performances from Hayden Desser and special guests."
Goods for sale include packages donated by community vendors and previous event merchandise, and new special edition items. Links to these fundraising efforts and online donations can be viewed and purchased here.
The Annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert was created in 2014 by Greyerbiehl and Desser to thank and raise funds for their daughter's school, Beverley Street School. The annual event was initially hosted at Massey Hall then sister venue Roy Thomson Hall. Proceeds now go to support like-minded schools and care-centres in the GTA and raise funds that directly assist Toronto area families with a large summer camp bursary fund.
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