Rock For Public Services celebrated their 10th anniversary in style Saturday night with amazing performances by The Cooper Brothers, Kathleen Edwards, and Colin James. A few thousand were in attendance at TD Place for the free annual concert, compliments of CUPE 503, and donations collected this year went to the Ottawa Humane Society.
The Cooper Brothers kicked off the night with an opening set that included past and present material from their vast musical repertoire of nearly 45 years. They filled the air with the full flavoured punch of a 13-piece band, and their signature multi-vocal harmonies. Their iconic hit, “The Dream Never Dies”, was dedicated to extraordinary CUPE representative, Jean-Marc Bézaire, who passed away recently.
Kathleen Edwards, who lights up any stage she graces, did so with her beautifully crafted songs, her free-spirited energy, and her warm-hearted and witty conversations with the crowd. Blue Rodeo’s Colin Cripps accompanied Edwards and her band on stage during the entire set with his always impressive guitar presence.
A short break followed with speeches by CUPE 503 President Brian Madden and Bruce Roney, Executive Director of the Ottawa Humane Society before plunging into the vibrant blues magic of iconic Canadian guitar man Colin James. By this time, many poured around the front of the stage to dance and revel in the music of an artist whose career has spanned over 30 years and produced 18 albums. Well over three and a half hours of incredible music by three powerhouse Canadian bands who gave it all on the grand stage, all for free and for a great cause… what more could you ask for?