Singing her Heart out

<p>Changing the world one heart at a time is the chord a local musician is hoping to strike with an upcoming concert.</p>


Young musician, local bands rocking out for good cause



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Musician and Heart show organizer Gemma Randle sits among her stuffed animals and guitar in preparation for a teddy bear drive to donate to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Changing the world one heart at a time is the chord a local musician is hoping to strike with an upcoming concert.

Gemma Randle, a 21-year-old musician and tech assistant, started a musical fundraiser two months ago called Heart — The Homemade Acoustic Show — meant to change not only the local music scene but the hearts of the many lives she touches.

"These shows are benefits. They are one night of supporting something that may hit so hard to some people because it’s on their doorstep every day," Randle explained to Metro, adding it’s also a way to highlight some of the hidden talents in the local music scene.

So began Heart, the AIDS fundraiser Randle threw in October, which put local musical acts together in the name of charity, raising money for the local AIDS society.

Randle is now working on her next fundraiser, another Heart type show called I Heart Girls On Decks, which is a collaboration with some local DJs. This time, she’s asking people to bring teddy bears to get into the show, which will all go to young patients at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Randle’s band, Smith On Sunday, headlines the next event on Nov. 16, which also features other local acts and a battle of the DJs at Kits on 16th Avenue. All people need to get in is a teddy bear, and if they don’t have one then a $5 cover will be charged with the proceeds going toward cancer research.

For more information, check out the Facebook group Heart — The Homemade Acoustic Show, or call Gemma at 607-9865.

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