A local musician is making an indelible mark to stamp out leukemia with a concert he is hosting at The Hub Arts Collective Sunday, Sept. 1.
Organized by Vernon musician Timothy Osborne (formerly of the band Martin), the concert is part of a fundraiser to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of B.C., but it comes with a rather painful twist.
In the same vein as those who have shaved their heads for cancer, Osborne has donated part of his lower back to get an embarrassing tattoo if he raises enough money for his cause.
So far he has raised more than $1,300.
“The donations either go towards or against getting the tramp stamp,” explained Osborne, whose reasons for the tattoo idea are more heartfelt.
“I lost my best friend, Scott Lipinski, a Vernon native, to his second round of leukemia last summer. I also had a few friends who were nurses in the leukemia/bone marrow transplant ward at Vancouver General while Scott was admitted there. I know how badly they need the funding to keep up with the amount of technology and supplies they require.”
Sunday’s concert marks the last day of the fundraiser and the last opportunity to donate.
Five dollars from each ticket will be added to the total and the winner of a draw gets to decide whether the proceeds go towards Osborne’s tattoo or against.
Supporters can also enjoy some up-and-coming talent with their donation.
With her pink flamingo hair, British accent and affinity for vinyl records, electro-pop artist Kieran Strange is best described as fiercely independent.
At age 16, she managed a grocery store in her small fishing village in England, and a year later, she set off for North America on her own to pursue music.
Besides performing, she has since founded her own micro label, Dangerous Pastry Records, which has now signed multiple other acts for distribution.
“I wanted to make a label home for my friends who were too different for what was currently out there, and also for the artists I felt were like me: hard working, interested in making their own path, and not looking for hand-outs,” said Strange.
Strange’s music tends to be a voice for those misaligned. Her fans aptly call themselves “strangers” and many are said to be disenchanted with the mainstream.
No stranger to the road, Strange has played more than 100 shows across two continents this year, touring as far as to her home in England, down to the southern U.S., and back across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto. She is currently writing material for her next single release, and has been commissioned to compose and record a series of songs for various geek and alternative lifestyle organizations across North America.
Appearing with Strange Sunday at The Hub is Vancouver’s Alexander France and Miranda English as well as local acts Amistad and Osborne. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Limited tickets go on sale at the Bean Scene Monday. Cost is $15 with $5 from each ticket going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of B.C.