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Boat cruise concert features local talent

Music will be in motion on Aug. 13 when The Marc Joseph Band sets sail on the Yankee Lady IV for the second annual All White Boat Cruise. The event, presented by Brampton’s Synergy Music, is an evening of live music, dinner, dancing and more aboard a 115-foot modern cruise boat that tours the Toronto waterfront.

Hopeton Bailey, executive director of Synergy Music, describes the cruise as an upscale event that gives exposure to local talent.

Our mandate is to help get musicians started and create a platform for emerging artists to play

he said of the non-profit performing arts organization.

Headlining the cruise is Brampton’s own popular Top 40 cover band The Marc Joseph Band, who Bailey says has a fantastic repertoire of music.The evening will also feature spot performances by a handful of other emerging artists, who will play to a crowd of roughly 300 if tickets sell out. The title of the event suggests a theme of an all-white dress code.

Tickets for the evening are $65, which buys you a five-hour cruise complete with the musical entertainment, buffet dinner, raffles and more. Last year, the response was “overwhelming” reported Bailey, and he is expecting tickets to go fast this year.

Part of the proceeds, said Bailey, will be directed to help fund a new endeavour for Synergy Music— a three-day music festival at Downsview Park. Bailey has his eye on organizing the Synergy Music Festival— what he calls “the biggest three-day music festival in Canada”. He’s hoping to launch the ambitious $1 million project as soon as June 2012.

The cruise ship boards at 9:30 p.m., and returns at 2:30 a.m. The cruise is a 19-plus event.
For more information call 647-969-4320.

By ASHLEY GOODFELLOW, The Brampton Guardian - July 29, 2011

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