A Thompson Rivers University student has organized a series of concerts featuring local musicians to benefit Music Heals.
The fundraiser, which starts Friday evening, will collect used MP3 players to donate to Music Heals, a Vancouver-based non-profit that raises money and awareness for music-therapy programs across Canada.
The organization runs a program it calls the iPod Pharmacy, which collects used MP3 players and distributes them to music therapists for use with their clients.
There are only two drop-off points for the program in B.C., one in Vancouver and one in Victoria, so the concerts present an opportunity to offload your old player in the River City for a cause.
Sophia de Zeeuw, a fourth-year business student at TRU, is working with the TRUSU Musicians Club and will host shows once a week from Friday, Sept. 7, to Saturday, Sept. 29.
Each show will feature The Smooth Humans, with a new guest weekly. The first concert will feature Bo Aganaba and will be played at The Den on the TRU campus at 7 p.m. Friday.
Future guests include Caleb Oman, The Alkenolics, Save the Turtles and Jorge Avila.
Coming shows, also starting at 7 p.m., will be played at Pogue Mahone Irish Alehouse, 843 Desmond St., on Sept. 15, back at The Den on Sept. 21 and at The Art We Are, 246 Victoria St., on Sept. 29.