Children of Celebrities Host Benefit Concert

Click on poster for a printable copy - please post for us if you can


What: Christmas Cabaret: Benefit for Cool Aid Society’s Every Step Counts Program
Who: Children of Celebrities, Queenie and the Groove Kings, Mowbray & Mills, and Four on the Floor
When: Saturday November 19, 2011 –  Doors: 6:30 pm –  Show: 7 pm
Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
Tickets: At the door or in advance at: The Sprial Café at 418 Craigflower Rd, Westshore Hearing Solutions at 2955 Phipps Road, Sneakers Computers at 880C Esquimalt Road & 847 Goldstream Ave, Frontrunners at 1200 Vancouver Street, and online at


The Event

On Saturday November 19, Children of Celebrities – staples of the Island’s roots music scene – are hosting the second installment of their annual Christmas Cabaret benefit concert. This year, proceeds from the benefit will go to support the Cool Aid Society’s “Every Step Counts” program.

Every Step Counts is a unique running and walking program founded by the Victoria Foundation and hosted at the Victoria Cool Aid Society. This innovative program is designed for people experiencing barriers and challenges with housing, mental health, addiction, and other related issues.  It is positive and unique, drawing on the wide-reaching and long-lasting benefits of exercising and team work to foster self esteem, confidence, energy and healthy lifestyle choices.

“In my 30 years as a social service worker in downtown Victoria,” Children of Celebrities member and Cool Aid Senior Social Service Worker Mike Raymer explains, “Every Step Counts is one of the best examples of a project that facilitates positive change in the lives of people who participate.” Last year, the Christmas Cabaret raised sixteen hundred dollars for Cool Aid and Women in Need. They hope to top that this time around.

In addition to a performance by Children of Celebrities, the fundraiser will also feature performances by Queenie and the Groove Kings, Mowbray and Mills, and Four on the Floor.

The Players

Children of Celebrities

Victoria’s Kings of enviro-cowboy lounge music, have earned their reputation for being an engaging, animated, and crowd-pleasing live act. Known for their infectious live performances, original songwriting and pure musical enjoyment, the band has performed at venues throughout Victoria, including Rifflandia, Butchart Gardens and Alix Goolden Hall as well as being fixtures on the local busking scene. “Their shows feature songs from their three CDs – “Middle Age Wasteland,” “We’re Not Bitter,” and “Stereo Bang Bang” – as well as new songs for an upcoming CD. As Monday Magazine writes, “They inhabit that nebulous middle ground between country, bluegrass and whatever it is Tom Waits does”. Info:

Queenie and the Groove Kings

Why do bands like Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire continue to perform at sold out venues? It’s the breathtaking sound produced with the marriage of horns and vocals with a pulsing rhythm section! That is the inspiration for Queenie and the Groove Kings – a high energy music and dance experience that features “old school” rhythm and blues, Motown and Stax classics, Latin-pop, and the horn driven sounds of bands like Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears.

Mowbray and Mills

Trust these 4 fine musicians to deliver funky, upbeat, Pac-Rim originals.  Their  distinctive harmonies and stage sparkle tease and delight.  Regulars on the Victoria music scene and leaders of the SAC’s Regional Writing Group, Paul Mowbray (guitar/vocal) and Tracy Mills (violin/vocal) lift off with Stephen Ogden (bass/vocal) and Kelby MacNayr (drums). Info:

Four on the Floor

You might say that the members of Four on the Floor can’t count ~ a skill important to making music ~ and given that there are five band members, you’d have a strong case.  But what really counts however, are those soaring harmonies, that variety of great tunes old and new and the interplay of personalities among this happy pentangle.  Four on the Floor have been cruising the musical highways in and around Victoria for the past four years. Veterans of the local Victoria folk clubs and coffee houses they have loaned themselves and their love of tune making to fundraising events for the Food Bank, Madrona Farm and African Aid.

The Theme

The Christmas Cabaret will have a Mexican theme this year, just to “spice” it up a little. What could be better than a Mexican-themed Christmas party with great live music and great cause?