Big thanks to Dave Peters from 102.7 CHOP Radio for having Jimmy Kincaid, Dorian Litteljohn and Hopefest rep Robert Walker, in the studio for an interview with The Smokin Guns about their history with the event and the future. Dave Peters is also very involved with Newmarket Arts Council and part of the radio stations mandate is to connect young musicians with members of the community that put on shows, and because of that we are looking at doing a monthly spot to help build up the music scene that has been so generous to us over the years.
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We were happy to be a part of the Santa Clause Parade in both Keswick and Sutton this winter with a Hopefest Float organized by one of our team members, Martina Maggiacomo. The kids loved the candy we were handing out and special thanks to Martina’s son Logan and his two Frozen Princess’s for playing along with the fun

10452861_10154770533230251_6365220334455335470_oStarsik became or first International Musical Representatives, performing a spur of the moment acoustic show in St. Lucia while on vacation at Reality Resorts, owned by Stefan Faykos, the band’s drummer. The Faykos clan always bring some love for the islanders and this year we sent our few remaining Hopefest t-shirts. Here’s a shot of the fellahs out in Anse Del Raye Village sharing with the kids.

The Knuckleheads, with special guest Marlene Clark, were in Sutton this year for the parade performing from the back of a float. Shawn Kerrigan also runs a jam at The Salvation Army Youth Center which has turned into a very cool Youth Music Project with help from the other Knuckleheads as well as other cool members of the musical community. The Knuckleheads also played Music in The Park at The Bandstand in Jackson’s Point over the summer. “We are starting back up at The Sutton Youth Center this Tuesday night, to jam for the next 6 weeks. Our ultimate goal is to bring positive life energy through music to Our community Youth. All are welcome, any musicians wanting to get involved please message me, thanks y’all Peace SWK”
The boys in Beyond Haven brought the house down with Monster Truck at The Ranch Concert Hall in Support of The Rock 95-Kool FM Toy Drive while they filmed the video for their new song
Penniless Preacher, with help from JMC Films Co. Havencrew also played last year’s Toy Drive event with 3 Days Grace to a totally SOLD OUT crowd.
Kansas Stone was involved with two charity events on the other side of the lake in the fall; 1 with Dallas Green & Brett Kissel at The Ranch Concert Hall as part of KIXC 106.9 Radio For Radiation Concert Series Benefiting South Muskoka Hospital and then again at Rama for MASON JARS & SHINING STARS, which was the
13th Annual Hospital Gala put on by Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital Foundation & Casino Rama.

Starsik played a private show for patients & families at SickKids Hospital for Halloween. The Bear Theatre was a sweet place to Bee when the boys and their Queen’s dressed up to entertain the kiddies via The Patient Channel at the hospital. The band also helped organize $3000 in product donations to take down with us that day. Big Thanks to Kim & Stefan Faykos for arranging the costume donations.

The Sutton Fair and Horse Show was kind enough to provide us with a non-profit booth this year to help us sell tickets for our Celebrity Raffle. While we were there our official M/C, Wyatt Buffey, supported our cause everyday and helped bring a lot of great attention to our little tent. Turns out he ran into Canadian Jockey Legend Sandy Hawley, who was there as a special guest.


Music in The Streets Festival, put on by Connor’s Music Store, has always been something we look forward to. The Family Connor’s have been very gracious towards our cause since the very beginning.
Bernadette and The Connors Brothers performed at our first event, our annual non profit booth at Music in The Streets, and the store was also a key part of finding a specific guitar for Col. Chris Hadfield to sign as a prize for our Celebrity Raffle last year.

10485415_594210704031770_8888221319871710695_oOur friends The Lymphomaniacs, an all cancer survivors band, played at the Run For The Cure event benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto this past summer. The “Lymphos” have been very active on the charity show circuit, having also played the Relay for Life in Aurora on an annual basis, The Grand Opening of
Southlake Regional Cancer Center, as well as “Conquer Cancer: One Act At A Time” which was to raise money for Ride to Conquer Cancer and benefits Princess Margaret as well.

10428408_719359354783936_952765217039040059_oOne of our first acts, Jimmy Kincaid & The Smokin’ Guns went on a local tour in 2014 and made stops in Newmarket, Stouffville, Aurora, and the finale in Jackson’s Point. The Smokin’ Guns have been on our roster all 3 years and we were happy to attend to show our support. Wyatt and Jimmy go way back so our resident surfer was also a regular figure on the tour and represented our group at the
Jackson’s Point show during a very busy day for local music.

10925473_837422949650267_5680168778535325794_oBeyond Haven, Jimmy Kincaid & The Smokin’ Guns and special guest Kim McKerness all teamed up to play the former McClusky’s Bar & Grill in Keswick as part of one of our first awareness events for Hopefest. Havencrew premiered a new hard rock tune and The Smokin Guns brought along a special friend named Wyatt…. and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jimmy was also very involved with a Diabetes event in Collingwood called “A Trip Down Memory Lane” benefiting Team Diabetes Canada at The Collingwood Curling Club.