It is always a great pleasure when we can use our passions to support the community. This year Agent C and Top Secret are on a roll with a second fundraising concert. This time, we’ll be raising funds for the Vancouver Rainbow Concert Band – Canada’s only LGBTQ concert band. Now, you may wonder why our band is fundraising for another band – it’s because we believe very strongly in the transformative power of music and its ability to create bridges, friendships and safe havens. As a musician, I’ve found that a shared love of music creates an instant connection, and I’ve found it’s a way to overstep barriers such as language or misunderstandings. My musician friendships span many years – I still play with friends I had at 14 years of age and love to sit down with a new friend to try out a few bars.
The Vancouver Rainbow Concert band is a band that is very much about creating that safe haven and a shared space for people to share their love of music. An organization where its ok to be yourself – regardless of your sexual orientation, race, beliefs or even age. This is a safe place to express yourself musically, make new friends and be part of a community. Like many arts groups, it can be a struggle to make ends meet – from rehearsal space rental, storage for music and equipment, purchasing of new music, instruments or even repairing existing instruments, the costs add up. So this year, we’d like to throw our hat on, grab our horns and create some noise with a goal of helping them meet some of these costs.
Tickets are $20 with all proceeds being donated directly to the Rainbow Concert Band. Oh, and if you’re a musician they’re always looking for new players – so get those horns out of the closet and check out a rehearsal!
About the Rainbow Band
The Band was formed in 1990, shortly after Gay Games III hosted in Vancouver, BC. After seeing the spectacular Lesbian and Gay Band Association performance, it was only a matter of time before a group of local musicians took the first steps to organizing their own Gay and Lesbian Concert Band – the first, and still the only one of its kind in Canada!
We are a group dedicated to providing an outlet for Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual people who are looking for a safe and supportive environment to practice and perform music.