Naomi Bristow, Canada’s Yodelin’ Cowgirl, performed with ‘Yvan Nadeau and the Bandidos’ on Aug. 10 at Comfort Suites and Conference Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. The Northern Ontario Country Music Association presented the concert and donated the show proceeds to ARCH. ARCH stands for Algoma Residential Community Hospice. They’ll get a financial boost from the country concert. The 10-bed hospice, on Fourth Line near Brule Road, opened in 2008.
Dave Patterson, president of the Northern Ontario Country Music Association said, “Over the years, keeping the NOCMA and its projects like the Great Northern Opry and the Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame, was a huge job. We had lot of tough years. NOCMA didn’t have the cash to donate to charities in the last 22 years”. That will change in 2012 thanks to, “a banner year,” said Patterson.
“This year we can donate to this fine charity” he said. “My wife had an aunt that spent her last days at ARCH. We thought that ARCH would be a good choice to raise funds for.” NOCMA started as The Country Club in 1989. Patterson was one of three founders (George Pinder and Al Mooney, being the others).
The annual Northern Ontario Country Music Awards run Nov. 2-4 at Comfort Suites.