Tonight a collection of Vancouver musical talent is gathering for a benefit show at the Commodore Ballroom. They’ll be playing in memory of Randy Ponzio and raising funds for his children.
I asked Chris Brandt (Nimbus Recording) to contribute a few words about Randy:
“Randy Ponzio was an inspirational artist, a dynamic musician, and a compelling performer. First and foremost, however, he was a beautiful human.
The shared stories of Randy since his death have been about him as a person. His dedication to charity, his boundless compassion, and the fire with which he attacked life – music was merely the channel he broadcast on.
His lyrics are akin to those of Bob Marley, and he was one of the few artists with the sincerity to pull off songs about love, peace, foundation, and family.”
“He didn’t sing about love as a vehicle of storytelling. Randy hugged with his whole body. His music did too.
In the months before his death, Randy was reaching a new plateau in his career. He won both the Shore 104 FM Song Search and the Nimbus Showcase Event in quick succession, and the grand prize for each included recording time at the Nimbus School of Recording Arts. With that, he spent a great deal of time with the staff and students at Nimbus.
The students were inspired by his presence, as he shared his craft and made every student feel seen and heard. This consistent level of engagement is why no one that met Randy was a casual acquaintance. If you knew him, you were close to him.”
Where Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville)
When Friday, February 17, 2012. Doors at 8:00pm.
Artists Kyprios, Hey Ocean!, David Morin, Tonye Aganaba, Foundation, Beauty vs Facts, Valerie Ponzio, Jess Vaira, Alex Maher, Dan Ross, Mario Vaira, Airtights, Un-1, Aspire, Jessi Nicholson, Heads Hang Heavy, Atma, Little T, Kelsey Klassen, Ed Lam, Chantel Upshaw, Asha Moyo.
Tickets Available via Live Nation and at the door for $25.
Download Randy’s album