The Live From the Rock Blues and Folk Society was honoured as a recipient of the 2018 June Callwood Award for Outstanding Achievement in Voluntarism.
The Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to LFTR on April 17th in Toronto by the Honourable Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. It recognizes all LFTR volunteers.
The Live From the Rock Blues and Folk Society is a non-profit that began in 2000 in the small northern Ontario community of Red Rock, with a vision to bring the arts to small communities, offer opportunities to local and regional artists, and contribute to the culture and economy of the region. It has since arranged 15 annual Live From the Rock Folk Festivals on the shores of Lake Superior. This three day family-friendly festival is entirely run by more than 200 volunteers, from directors to kitchen staff. The festival features 50 paid performers annually, over half from northern Ontario, including iconic and emerging Canadian and Indigenous artists. What makes this even more outstanding is that Red Rock is a township of just 900 residents, approximately 105km east of Thunder Bay, and they were hit hard by the closing of their paper mill in 2006. The festival volunteers’ resiliency and determination to expand their volunteer network and find new partnerships and sponsors continued to make a compelling, magical, not-to-be-missed musical and community experience. (June Callwood Award Citation, 2018)
LFTR was recognized along with an amazing group of individuals and organizations from across the province!
Live From the Rock would not be possible without each and every one of its amazing volunteers, past and present. Congratulations to all!
For more information please visit https://www.news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2018/04/2018-june-callwood-award-recipients.html .