Benefit Concert in Support of Drive Foundation
presented by LIUNA
produced by Titan Shows
FROM NEW YORK CITY TO MOTOR CITY TO STEEL CITY.
The Music of the Living Legends of the 1960's, on a Steel City Stage
Six Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acts will be on the same stage, for one incredible night.
On Saturday, October 5th 2019, the First Ontario Concert Hall in Hamilton, will be the scene of a magical night of memories. And with those memories, a very important message.
Performing from The Big Apple, New York City:
The Drifters-featuring Rick Sheppard, a member since 1966.
The Shirelles-with former original lead vocalist Shirley Alston-Reeves
The Platters-former lead vocalist Sonny Turner, since 1960.
Motown is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in 2019. It’s been 60 years since Barry Gordy Jr. founded the company that became a musical, cultural and commercial force, that will always be linked to the city.
Performing from Motown the Motor City Detroit
The original Martha and the Vandellas
The Miracles featuring Mark Scott, who’s been a member since 2000.
The Temptations Review featuring review member Bernard Gibson.
Funds raised from this event will go to the DRIVE Foundation, which exists to make a tangible difference to the lives of those suffering from the epidemic of mental health and addiction issues.
Michelle Titian has been surrounded by music her entire life.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Michelle struggled with alcohol for many years.
Spending years of her life using alcohol as an escape mechanism from her depression and ultimately, her reality, Michelle became a shell of a human, so disengaged and numb to her life it was as if she ended each day lying on her back staring blankly at the stars, completely removed from the world. Feelings of worthlessness and self-hate were all too overwhelming and she was no longer in control of herself. She hit rock bottom.
Seeking help through a 12-step program, Michelle has been sober since March 10th 2014. Motivated to write again, she wrote the song “DRIVE”, a powerful song about her recovery.
“WHAT A NIGHT” is proudly presented by LiUNA, Titan Productions of Hamilton and Global News Radio 900 CHML.
This incredible evening will be hosted by Ted Michaels, of the award-winning Health and Wellness show on 900 CHML.
"For far too long, the issue of someone's mental health or addiction was hidden; not talked about," said Martha Reeves, of the Vandellas.
"While we've made progress in the battle to break the stigma, we still need to do more.
An event like "WHAT A NIGHT" is a perfect opportunity to shed a light on this important topic, and have a lot of fun at the same time.
We look forward to seeing our fans in Hamilton on October 5. We hope you're ready to party!"
Rick Sheppard, frontman of the Drifters, looks through the mental health lens, from a different perspective.
“As a former NYPD training officer, we dealt with many EDP’s (emotionally disturbed person.) There are so many people that need assistance. We need to help them, not judge them. We’re so happy to do our part to fight mental health and addiction issues.”
"On behalf of the Labourers’ International Union of North America, we are proud to partner with Ted Michaels, Titan Productions and the talented Michelle Titan on “WHAT A NIGHT”, an evening of hope, an evening of inspiration and an evening to enact change. Music brings us together without stigma and without limitation. It allows us to seek comfort when we don’t quite have the words to express what we are feeling. LiUNA is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness, leading numerous initiatives throughout communities across North America and understands the importance of investing in Mental Health Care to improve and save lives. We look forward to a great evening in our vibrant City of Hamilton, coming together as a community to raise awareness through the healing sound of music.” – Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada
“900 CHML couldn’t be more excited to be a partner in what is a fantastic event”, said Jeff Storey, Senior Program and News Director, Global News Radio 900 CHML.
“We are very proud to have done a lot of work to support mental health initiatives in Hamilton, particularly through Ted Michaels Health and Wellness show. WHAT A NIGHT is a perfect opportunity for us to further that commitment in this area.”
In addition, a documentary about “WHAT A NIGHT” will be produced and shown at a later date, by the YES TV network, which is available in 6.8 million homes across Canada.
“YES TV is thrilled to work with the Health and Wellness show to increase Michelle's good work and beautiful voice for mental health” - Lorna Dueck, CEO.
Tickets for “WHAT A NIGHT” are available, starting Thursday, April 18 at 10 am, at the FirstOntario Concert Hall box office and www.ticketmaster.ca