Vancouver Musical Acts Team Up to Fight Blood Cancers

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Once again, local musicians and athletes are teaming up next month to take on some of the world’s most deadly diseases. Vancouver singer Lexi Thomas and DJ Lando will be joining forces with budding Lower Mainland triathletes to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada at a benefit concert Feb. 9.

For the second year in a row “Fun 2 Cancer 0” concertgoers will get a chance to see some of Vancouver’s hottest up-and-coming artists while at the same time raising funds for a great cause, say organizers.

“Fun 2: Cancer 0 is a unique collaboration between Vancouver’s artistic and athletic communities,” said event organizer Greg Mitchell. “Blood cancers kill thousands of Canadians every year. This concert is a great way to raise funds to find a cure for blood cancers while improving the lives of both patients and their families.”

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Team in Training fundraising program. These funds support critical blood cancer research and patient services. Team In Training trains participants to complete full and half marathons, triathlons, century rides and other endurance events. This is Greg’s second time participating with Team In Training at the Lavaman Triathlon event on the Big Island of Hawaii April 1.

Tickets to next month’s event are $20, available at the door. Price includes admission, a drink, and entry in a draw for a pair of Canucks tickets. Other prizes will be available as part of a fundraising raffle for rounds of golf, gift certificates and other prizes.

ABOUT TEAM IN TRAINING

Founded in New York City in 1988, Team in Training is the world’s largest charitable endurance sports training program. The program has grown phenomenally since its inception, reaching Canada in 1999, and has now trained more than 500,000 runners, walkers, cyclists and triathletes across North America to complete an endurance event. To date, it has raised over $1.2 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support blood cancer research and patient services. Visit www.teamintraining.ca/bc.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Lando: Hailing from Vancouver, Lando is a veteran house DJ known for his super-funky and upbeat sets. In 2001, he began playing shows all over western Canada while holding down residencies in Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria. Along the way, he has shared the stage with local and international house music legends including Inland Knights, Olav Basowski, Antoine Clamaran, Christan Alvarez, Dave Armstrong and Donald Glaude. After his success in B.C., Lando relocated to the Cayman Islands to take up club residencies at various nightspots and help create the famous 7 Mile Beach Full Moon Parties. Since returning home, Lando has been keeping funky house alive and well in Vancouver and has taken up producing. www.sundaesounds.com

Lexi Thomas: In person she’s sometimes soft spoken, but from behind the microphone Lexi’s voice amplifies her powerful, honest lyrics. Her writing draws strength from adversity without shying away from pain. Lexi has honed her craft for more than a decade, working closely with voice teachers Ellen Churchill, Paula Kremer and Dee Daniels. Most recently, she was lead singer and co-writer of the original rock band Arvilla alongside lead guitarist Paul Summerfeld. www.myspace.com/lexijt

What: “Fun 2: Cancer 0″ 2nd Annual Team in Training Rock Out and Beat Cancer Night
Where: Library Square Public House, 300 West Georgia St., Vancouver
When: Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

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