Bon voyage, Daniel!

By David F. Roooney

Hundreds of people attended Saturday evening’s Memorial Concert for Daniel Levesque at Revelstoke Secondary School, raising more than $4,000 from ticket sales alone.

The concert, which featured six local bands punctuated by comments from people who knew Daniel before he was slain in Victoria earlier this summer, was intended to raise enough money to help defray the cost of psychological counselling for his younger siblings as well as travel costs to Victoria for his mother, Stacey Thur, when his accused killed goes on trial.

Organizer Tessa Davis said she still has to calculate the amount raised by a silent auction that was staged during the intermission as well as after the show. Money was also raised at the Last Drop pub after the concert when scores of concert-goers dropped by for a pint. $1 from each pint of Mount Begbie sold at the pub on Saturday went to the fund-raising effort.

The Blackbirds — Kurt Cayton and Taylor Roberts — were the first of six local bands that played at the Daniel Levesque Memorial Concert at the RSS gym on Saturday. David F. Rooney photo
The Maritime Kitchen Party's Shannon Sternloff, Steve Smith and Trevor Wallach always had time for budding musician Daniel Levesque. David F. Rooney photo
The MKP happily played with special guest Toni Teed. David F. Rooney photo
Jamie Fitchett (right) was a longtime friend of Daniel's who was invited to play with the MKP. David F. Rooney photo
Bob St. John's Henry Davis, Josh Rogers, Drew Mundell, Sam McNutt and Braelin Kelly played an exciting set in their friend's memory. David F. Rooney photo
The concert also featured dozens of items offered up during a silent auction. David F. Rooney photo
The intermission is als a moment for people to comfort each other. David F. Rooney photo
The second half of the show was kicked off by The Sixth Interval. This jazz band consists of Sylvain Heberton sax, Cathy Cameron-Suchy on trumpet, Carl Laurence on trombone, Leslie Opatril on piano, Tessa Davis o bass and Jacob Wallach on drums. David F. Rooney photo
The Bob Rogers Jazz Trio of Shannon Sternloff, Trevor Wallach and Bob Robers was so good they made playing jazz look easy. David F. Rooney photo
Daniel's mom, Stacey Thur, thanked the audience for its support in the wake Daniel's slaying. David F. Rooney photo
The Old Souls' Riley Dickson, Nikki Treber, Jackson Yauck and Devin Channel were the last band to perform a four-song set. David F. Rooney photo
Tessa Davis and Steve Smith wrapped up the show with an acoustic performance of the Irish ballad, Danny Boy. David F. Rooney photo