2017 Porch Concert

You are invited to the Fifth Annual Case Street Porch Concert, on Friday August 4th at 7:00pm! Just like the last four years, we are going to turn the front porch of 97 Case Street into a mini concert stage. It will be a short and sweet event for all ages and a family friendly “happening” with all the music finishing no later than 9pm.

Here is the line up:

Chrisy Hurn is the lead singer & guitar player for Basement Revolver, a popular indie rock band from Hamilton.

Dad vs Son is a mix of dance beats and spacey synthesizers. Some dads and sons spend time together by tossing around a baseball, “Dad vs Son” bonds over a battle of sound.

2x the Mono sings songs about friends, family and community. They like to mix instruments like ukulele & harmonica with synthesizers & drum machines.

Feel free to bring a lawn chair to pull up a spot on the grass or the side walk..We will also be having a Snack and Dessert Potluck, so if you want to add to the sweetness, bring something to contribute to the feast.

Please Note:

  • Keep it Family Friendly: This is an All Ages Neighborhood event so please leave any Drama and Alcohol at home.
  • Bike or Bus: There isn’t a ton of parking in the area, so if you are coming from outside the Case Street area think about taking the bus or riding your bike we can lock them up in the back Garage.
  • Help Out the Musicians: This is a free event for the people living on Case Street. If you are coming to the show from outside the neighbourhood because your are a fan of of one of the musicians, or you are part of The Commons, think about kicking in a couple bucks (or buy a CD) to help support the music.

Homeboy Industries

Last August I had the privilege of attending the Homeboy Industries Conference in L.A. It was hands down the best conference I have been to and I’ve been to plenty. The conference was spiritual, informative and interactive. This is also where I got to meet and speak to my muse Father Greg Boyle for the first time. I highly recommend you read his books. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak also highly recommended.

What I discovered was that Homeboy Industries is this magical holy place where their motto is “Hope has an address” and people are given a second or third or fourth chance, whatever it may be. It is a place where there is a community of kinship. A place where there is love with no measures or regrets. A place where they invest in people and build from within. A place where barriers are dismantled. A place where there is a circle of compassion where no one is left standing outside of it.

What I took home with me from this conference was to face the challenges I experience. To embrace the challenges, struggles and adversities I face because they allow me to grow so that I can maximize my potential output because that is what growth is. What we see on the other side of that is community, kinship and our love that extends forward. As much as we love to receive it we can give it out too.

What impressed me the most about being at the conference was the amount of respect and admiration everyone had for Father Greg especially those who were former gang members.

It hit me while I was at the conference listening to Father Greg speak, soaking in every word he was saying that I was in a room where you could just feel the hope. That I was sitting in a room that was just full of love. Now I admit I’m a sucker for sayings like “hope has an address” but here this was all tangible. It was like if you’re here you will experience it. It was amazing to be in a room where it was “us” a mixture of clients, law enforcement, social workers etc. A room where there was no 
“us” or “them”. Its almost like you had to be there to understand what I’m trying to explain I suppose.

The reality is that each one of us has issues and a back story and we all deal with it in different ways.

Father Greg and everyone at Homeboy Industries are so inspirational. They are so brave to walk through those doors wanting to make change. Which is a difficult thing to do. They are also smart to want to do it surrounded by love and kinship.

Thank you so much for the privilege of being there and counting me in as a family member. If you are ever in L.A. I would highly recommend you visit Homeboy Industries and go on one of their tours and eat at one of their cafes all staffed by former gang members.