Tickets are 80 per cent sold out for the benefit concert hosted by the Enliven Centre for Well-Being in Cancer on May 5, which will feature singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff and serve as one of two fundraising events for the centre this year.
Enliven Centre for Well-Being in Cancer provides proactive self-care services through programs, workshops and events, giving support to people living with cancer to help them navigate their journey in positive and productive ways while also reducing the social isolation that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Their benefit concert on May 5 is one of the centre’s two fundraising events that allow the centre to offer low-cost and free supports for those on cancer journeys in Muskoka, including events like the Cancer Wellness Fair held on May 1. Singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff will lead a workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. before performing a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ahimsa yoga studio in Huntsville. Tickets cost $25 and are only available through Eventbrite. It’s a family-friendly event appropriate for all ages and the location on the first floor of 59 Main Street East is accessible.
“It’s an opportunity for us to come together,” said Jackie Riley, executive director for Enliven. “Our community, not just Huntsville but all of Muskoka, has been hit pretty hard in the past few weeks by Mother Nature and this is just an opportunity for us to come together and have some fun.”
Cardiff, an Ontario folk musician and singer-songwriter, was chosen for the concert because he’s well-known and loved in the Huntsville area, Riley said. One of the centre’s co-founders, Allie Chisholm-Smith, saw Cardiff play and watched him in a workshop format before deciding that he would be a perfect fit for the benefit concert.
The writer’s circle workshop run by Cardiff before the concert is a great chance for writers to polish their songwriting, Riley said, but it’s an also opportunity for those who write poetry and prose to practice their craft. Whether locals are attending the writer’s circle or just the concert, Riley said the concert will be a good opportunity for relaxation and entertainment amidst the recent chaos.
Riley said Enliven Muskoka is thriving because of Muskoka’s support and because people in Muskoka realize that one in two people are going to get a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. She hopes that people will use the event to come together and support a cancer organization in a way that’s fun and light and entertaining.
“Life is bigger than cancer. Life is also fun and life is also smiles and entertainment and music and laughter,” Riley said. “If we can marry those two things, holding the idea of a cancer journey while also holding the idea that it’s okay to smile, that’s pretty fantastic.”