WOW… Another Great Year!!!

This amazing event just keeps getting better and better. Over 400 people attended our 19th Annual Battle of the Bands for Wellspring on March 1st at the London Music Hall, helping us to raise a fantastic $116,843! This brings our cumulative total raised over the years to $1,144,939!

To our event founder and organizer, Adam Bain … heartfelt thanks for the incredible gift you give to Wellspring each year. You continue to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. You Rock Our World!

Huge kudos to the 5 bands who entertained us with some superb music and who raised over $60,000 in pledges!

Congratulations to RJ Conspiracy for bringing home the trophy this year! Well deserved. You guys really out did yourselves.

Warmest thanks to In the Black, Pit Crue, the Ellisdominators,  RBC/DC and Randal Pee Coltrane and the Hard Livers for an incredible performance and fundraising effort!

This event wouldn’t happen without the incredibly generous contributions of our amazing sponsors! Thank you so much for your on-going support. That includes our in-kind sponsors. Thank you for donating such great auction items. Our auction raised over $11,000. The most in our event history.

Telling a personal story about losing a loved one in front of hundreds of people, takes a great deal of courage. Deepest thanks to Wellspring Member (and Board Member,) Dave Tanner. Your words reinforced the reason why this event means so much.

Special thanks to our judging panel, Jean Meilleur, Heather Acheson, Kate Wright and newbie, Jeff Christmas. Your thoughtful (and cheeky) commentary is always a highlight and much appreciated by fans and bands alike.

A big thank you to 98.1 Classic Rock and Ryan Valdron for being such a terrific emcee! And to Avan Patel for the fantastic photos! Click on the Gallery Link above to see the great shots taken during the evening.

How about those sandwiches? Amazing, right? Thank you to Effie and staff from Kosmos Catering for providing such a great spread!

And finally, our deepest thanks to you, our fans and supporters! You’re the heart and soul of this event. You make each year bigger and better.

Final Notes:

The website is still open for late pledges. We only need a donation of $157 to bring us up to the $117,000 mark ☺


Our Judges

The Battle is pleased to welcome back our esteemed core of judges, Jean Meilleur, Heather Acheson and Kate Wright and just to add a little saltiness to the mix, we’ve invited well-known drummer and conductor Jeff Christmas to join in the fun. This year, judges will pair off to provide the bands with the mysticisms and witticisms that our fans have come to expect.

Jean Meilleur

Jean has been a vocal headliner with Jeans ’n Classics for over 20 years, performing with scores of major orchestras to sold-out crowds across North America. Jean has lent his distinctive voice to some of the greatest popular music of our time. Jean also writes and performs his own songs and is the writing and vocal talent behind many national and local jingles. (The London Major Appliances jingle has crossed into local legend.) The ‘Rock Star’ of our judging panel, Jean will be assessing all band members for that perfect combination of sweat and swagger.

Jeff (Giftie) Christmas

Jeff is well known to most Londoner’s as the ‘Keeper of the Beat’ as the drummer in the Jeans ’n Classics Band but Jeff is also an award-winning, Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Percussionist who was recently inducted into the Western University, “Wall of Fame”. Jeff goes way back with Wellspring. In 2002 his original composition, River – Journey to Wellspring was written for, and inspired by Wellspring members. As someone who plays and conducts with some serious musical greats, Jeff is sure to notice if you decide to ‘travel to the beat of a different drum!’

Kate Wright

Music Director and Mid-day announcer with Classic Rock 98.1, Kate Wright is our judging panel’s music aficionado. Kate’s radio show brings listeners the best in world class rock each day so she knows quality when she hears it … And when she doesn’t. Kate will be challenging all bands to give a Battle worthy musical performance… Gauntlet Thrown!

Heather Acheson

As a high-school friend of Adam Bain’s, Heather managed to throw off that particular albatross and embarked instead on an exciting and glamorous career as a show-biz producer. Her work has taken her across the globe putting together events such as The World Music Awards Monaco; the Grand Opening of the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the Ritz-Carlton Montreal Centennial Gala… just to name a few. As the only Canadian to serve as Attaché to HSH The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Heather will once again bestow her ‘royal’ prerogative on which band will emerge victorious.

Please check out gallery to see the fabulous photos taken by Avan Patel!

Thanks to LC Productions for capturing the evening on video!

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