The Matinee - SOSS Fundraiser Concert

Date: Sun, Jun 24, 2012
Time 3pm
Venue: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Phone: 250.498.3743

Tickets: $30 (click here to purchase)
Tinhorn Creek’s Vineyards announces a charity concert to raise funds for Southern Okanagan Secondary School, which burned down in September of 2011. Headlining the event June 24 is Vancouver-based five-piece roots and alternative rock band The Matinee.

The same day that a raging fire destroyed Southern Okanagan Secondary School (SOSS) this past September, The Matinee immediately offered help out in any way they could via Twitter (@TheMatineeMusic). Having played at Tinhorn Creek's Music Series last year, The Matinee felt a connection to this small community. “As soon as we heard about the school burning down we were compelled to help out, as we had played at the school,” says Matt Layzell, lead vocalist of The Matinee. The band has toured through many BC schools over the past four years with various programs, including the BC Schizophrenia Societies Reachout Program, and the BC Arts Council's Artstarts Program. “We loved playing the old theater at the school and we were saddened to hear about the damage suffered in the fire.” For more information about The Matinee see their website: http://thematineemusic.com/

Saddened by the loss of Southern Okanagan Secondary School, which is the only high school in this tight-knit community, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards was eager to help, offering their outdoor amphitheatre as a venue for the charity event. Also the site of their popular Summer Concert Series, the amphitheatre sits atop the Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ hillside overlooking the famed Golden Mile – truly a one-of-a-kind venue.

The fire was particularly frustrating for students and staff of Southern Okanagan Secondary as the school had only just completed an 18-month renovation project when the disaster occurred. Over the past school year, SOSS students have attended their classes in a church basement, then portables, and now finally in parts of the new school, as well as at least 14 portable classrooms. These temporary measures have devastated the school culture, negatively impacting the morale of both students and staff. The funds raised at the charity concert will support a committee of students and staff  to come up with ways to improve  school culture through events, decorating, and anything to try to raise the spirits of both students and staff as they face another year and a half of rebuilding.