Rotary Club catches a big fish

by Kevin Mcbain

  • <p>PHOTO BY LAUREN O&#8217;BRIEN</p><p>Iconic Canadian Band, the Northern Pikes, will play at the historic Lunenburg Opera House, Thursday, October 3, as a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Lunenburg.</p>


Canadian legendary rock band, The Northern Pikes, are making a stop in Lunenburg October 3 for a fundraising concert for the Rotary Club of Lunenburg.

The Saskatchewan-based band, who first began performing in 1984, are on a cross-country tour promoting their new album, Forest of Love, their ninth recording and first release since 2003.

The release is also the first to feature new group member Kevin Kane (The Grapes Of Wrath). He joins founding members Jay Semko, Bryan Potvin and Don Schmid, the gang responsible for classic hits She Ain't Pretty, Teenland, Things I Do For Money, Wait For Me, Hopes Go Astray, Girl With A Problem, Kiss Me You Fool, and Believe.

Patricia McGowan, fundraising coordinator for the Rotary Club, can't wait to hear them.

"I knew they were coming back together and they had put this new tour together," said McGowan. "I've always liked them and they are Canadian and I try to promote as many Canadian acts as I can. They are a great band."

She added that she knows band member Brian Potvin, who lives in Lunenburg and recalled hearing him perform a few years ago at the Boscawen Inn.

Bass player Jay Semko said in an interview with LighthouseNOW that they are really looking forward to performing in Lunenburg.

"We're really excited about this. I love the Maritimes. There is no more beautiful place in the fall," he said from his home in Saskatoon. "People that come out will have a fun night. They will hear all the songs that they know and love from the Northern Pikes, plus they will hear brand new music.

"We are a high energy band and we have fun, we really do," he added. "We are very serious about our music, but at the same time, we don't take ourselves that serious on stage. Every time we get to play live, it is an absolute privilege."

He said that teaming up with a group like the Rotary is something that they have done in the past. "If you can help people through your music, I think you should do it, it's a great thing," said Semko.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Lunenburg Opera House. Tickets are $35 and are available at Eventbrite.ca or at the Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg.

This is the second fundraising concert for the club this year. This past July they hosted a sold-out show for Ashley MacIsaac, a huge success said McGowan. McGowan said that putting on a concert is a lot of work, but the opportunity presented itself to host a second concert this year, so she decided to go for it

McGowan said that about 95 per cent of the money raised goes to support local projects, while the rest goes to the Rotary's International project, raising money for potable water for the country of Laos.

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