By Tracey Arial
Verdun’s Crawford Park neighbourhood will be hopping on Friday night. Gospel singer songwriter guitar-playing musician Norm Rennie is teaming up with the Durham County Poets for a unique fundraising performance.
It will take place at 7:30 p.m., at the Southwest Church, 1445 Clemenceau. Tickets are $10 for the show. Another ten dollars gets you the VIP option, which includes dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
Rennie’s toe-tapping style of singing and preaching makes a great accompaniment to the Durham County Poets’ bluegrass style. The Ormstown-based folk group includes Kevin Harvey, David Whyte, Neil Elsmore, Carl Rufh and James Preimel. Together, they’ve released two albums so far: Where the River Flows and Chikkaboodah Stew.
Thanks to sponsorship and a poster from Marketing One-Man Band Jean-François Major, all the proceeds from Friday night’s concert are going to the Southwest Mission children’s music program.
For about a year now, Southwest’s music program has featured a new children’s choir made up of students from Verdun Elementary School. Once a week, the students have a healthy lunch together and then practice singing under the leadership of music director Sarah Fraser.
For more information about the Friday night fundraiser or to reserve tickets, contact Fraser at  827-2829 or  527-6699. You can also call the church office at  768-6231.