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15th November 2011


On November 5th in Calgary, AB the music community came together for the city's first annual Blankfest Calgary at the Blind Beggar Pub in support of the cities homeless and shelter The Mustard Seed.

Taking place from 2pm to 2am, twelve rock and Metal bands from the Calgary, Edmonton and as far Vancouver, BC offered their musical support to help raise awareness, funds and blankets for the homeless. With a show full to capacity, the event raised exactly $964.55 and at last count 200 blankets with donations still being received after the event.

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"I am overwhelmed at the success of our very first Blank-Fest Calgary. It is thanks to an incredible team that made this happen, so many people to thank, the list is very long! And I am so proud of the Indie Music community and their fans in Calgary for bringing it out, rocking it out and giving to those that are going to have an extremely long winter! You are all amazing! The night was so much more than we expected for our first year and we are already making plans for the 2nd Annual event!" commented Leanne Harrison organizer of Blankfest Calgary and tour booker at locally based SIN Agency.

All proceeds from Blankfest Calgary were donated to the cities Mustard Seed a non-profit organization that has been caring for the needs of the less fortunate since 1984, through its three centres across Alberta, and delivers basic services such as housing and employment programs to those in need and partners with the community to address the root causes of poverty.

"Blank-Fest was nothing short of amazing! The support we received was tremendous. The community came together to donate over 200 items of warm clothing and blankets and close to $1000 was raised to help Calgarians in need. We are extremely grateful for community leaders like Leanne who see a need and step right up to address it", commented Simone Brown of The Mustard Seed.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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