"Thaddeus' passion for music was so evident through everything he did," wrote Jillian Lake — the sister of Thaddeus Lake, who died in a car crash on Nov. 26 — on a Facebook page for a benefit concert to be held on Dec. 16.

The benefit concert, called Thaddeus Lake Music Foundation for Disadvantaged Children fundraiser, will raise money for the music foundation that Lake started before he passed away. The foundation would help kids access musical instruments and music lessons.

"A couple of kids are putting together the benefit show because of the foundation Thaddeus was working on before he passed away. His parents are going to continue with it," said Lonnie Artokivi, a member of Drive By Punch, one of the eight bands scheduled to perform at the concert.

Other bands and artists scheduled to play at the event are Langley, Last Chance Hollywood, SmileForTheBullet, Take To The Skies, with acoustic sets by New Orleans Swim Team, Sam Maroney and Dylan Greenhough.

Lake's passion for music

Lake was one of three killed in the two-vehicle accident in Beaumont, along with 18-year-olds Bradley Arsenault and Kole Novak, but Lake's love for music is not being forgotten. The event's Facebook site not only explains Lake's important role in the local musical community, as a former band member of, The Maddigans, but also as a supporter of the Leduc music scene.

"Thaddeus wanted to set up a charity for children who had a love for music, but did not have the finances to pay for lessons or instruments, etc. In honour of him, my family and I are starting up the Thaddeus Lake Music Foundation for Disadvantaged Children…. We are going to do something great with his name, and we are going to make him proud," wrote his sister on the Facebook site.

The show is to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Leduc, but organizers are looking at possibly holding it at a bigger venue to meet the demand.

"So far we have got the show to start at 7 p.m. at the legion but they are currently looking for a bigger venue because interest is showing about 350 people wanting to attend it. It should be a pretty good thing," said Artokivi, who didn't know Lake personally, but had seen him perform during two musical theatre performances and was a big fan of his band's music.

Donations are also being accepted for the foundation at any Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB). All proceeds from the event will go towards the foundation and donations will also be accepted at the concert.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Leduc legion on Dec. 16, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For more information on the concert, search for "Thaddeus Lake Music Foundation for Disadvantaged Children fundraiser show" on Facebook.

Source: The Leduc Rep

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