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Looking East

At a time of year when many of us are lucky to be surrounded with friends,
family and the comforts of home, a host of Edmonton musicians are bringing
attention to those who may not have access to these same luxuries at
holiday time. Rock For Santa is an annual rock concert born from the desire
to spread some of that Christmas spirit around. Taking place this weekend
at the Avenue Theatre (formerly Avenue Skatepark, with it’s 10-foot
bowl and halfpipes traded for level ground and a large stage), Rock For
Santa features 10 Albertan bands, all donating their time and efforts for a
long night of fundraising and noisemaking.

 

Jadie Hunt, vocalist for local rock band Looking East, explains how her
band came to be involved with the event. “It’s very important
to give back to the community. There were times in my life where I was in a
position to use the Christmas Bureau, so I know first hand how important
these organizations are. Especially around the holidays, when hard times
can seem that much harder.” 

 

With all proceeds going to Santa’s Anonymous, the Edmonton Christmas
Bureau, the Food Bank and Adopt-A-Teen, the event also features a 50/50
draw as well as a raffle, not to mention a bar stocked with more than
enough Christmas cheer to put a smile on even the most surly rocker’s
face.

 

Looking East’s metal-tinged brand of hard rock was formed two years
ago, with Hunt joined by Steve Mardling on bass and Nick Lovejoy on drums.
The band wasted no time recording and releasing its self-titled EP, and the
members found themselves playing around the province, earning interest and
accolades from their peers. A high placing at a battle of the bands found
the band earning a decent chunk of cash, which was funneled right back into
the  band’s coffers. 

 

“We’re trying to get to a place where we can afford to tour
more and more,” Hunt explains. “We’ve been pretty
self-sufficient up to now, but I feel like we can only go so far, doing it
ourselves.”

 

Sporting recent addition Aaron Skiba on guitar, the band plans to record
another EP in the spring, and has planned a summertime jaunt out to Montana
to play a motorcycle festival this summer. 

 

“I have no idea what to expect from playing a biker rally,”
Hunt laughs. “But they seem excited to have us, so I think
it’ll be a lot of fun.” V

 

Sat, Dec 13 (5
pm)

Looking
East

With Rake,
Stonehocker and more

Avenue
Theatre, $20 

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