The 2nd annual Tealfest Live Music Festival will take place on Saturday August 25 from 2-7pm on the grounds of the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) Park, in advance of the Ottawa Champions game that evening. Organizer Judy Letourneau has dubbed it a “Music with a Purpose” fundraiser for ovarian cancer—something which holds a very personal meaning for her.
Apt613 speaks to Judy about why:
“My mom passed away in 2000 due to ovarian cancer… she was only 68 years old. There was no diagnostic tool then and there’s still isn’t one. Women that get ovarian cancer are usually diagnosed when they’re already at stage 3 or 4, by which time their survival rate is very low. There’s nothing one can really pinpoint in the way of symptoms other than a general feeling like you’re under the weather.”
Ovarian cancer affects an average of 2,800 women in Canada each year, and is one that escapes early detection. It is the 5th most common but is also the most serious cancer for women. For more information on ovarian cancer, please visit www.ovariancanada.org.
Local musicians performing that day will be donating their time and talent for the cause. Candidate for Ottawa City Council (Orleans Ward) Jarrod Goldsmith will act as emcee, and radio station Jewel 98.5 will be the media sponsor for this free event.
Funds will be raised through raffle ticket sales during the music performance segment, with draws for various donated prizes. In support of TealFest, the Ottawa Champions have dubbed their game that evening Teal Day, complete with teal-coloured bases, a 50/50 draw, a short PSA video presentation, and a “pass-the-hat“ collection in between innings. All money raised will go to Ottawa’s Vanderhyden Lab which specializes in the study of ovarian cancer and is spearheaded by Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden, who is Senior Scientist of the Cancer Therapeutics Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
Judy has also acted as Chairman of the annual Ovarian Cancer Walk Of Hope, usually held on the grounds of Andrew Hayden Park. Last year, the space in front of the RCGT entranceway was generously offered to hold the walk, but Judy had a different idea in mind. She envisioned that space could serve as a perfect spot for a music event, so she branched off to stage her own fundraiser for ovarian cancer and called it TealFest. Her involvement as manager of her husband Rob Letourneau’s band Black Cherry Band had given her the kind of musical event planning to set her dream in motion: “My original vision was something like Woodstock… we’ll start small (laughs). But if you don’t dream big, you’re not going anywhere!”
The TealFest stage will be situated in front of the entrance to the ball park, with plenty of parking on site. There will also be a bazaar set-up with vendors selling their wares on-site. Drink and food concessions inside the stadium will be available, with a special licensed area to bring alcoholic beverages out near the stage. Ottawa Special Events will be taking care of stage, sound, and lighting. Local rock cover band Helium will kick things off at 2pm, followed by local soft rock cover trio, The Fake McCoys and finishing with Ottawa’s original blues/rock ensemble, the Black Cherry Band. The music will end at 7pm – just before the start of the Champions game. Come down and bring the kids for a day of music and fun in the sun – all for a wonderful cause!
TealFest will take place Saturday August 25 from 2-7pm at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (300 Coventry Road). Admission to the music festival and bazaar is free. The Ottawa Champions will play the Trois-Rivières Aigles at 7:05pm and tickets to the game are available online or at the gate.