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Prince Albert Band East Side of Second Photo submitted by the band

Local bands East Side of Second and Wade and Chord will join Saskatoon group Christopher and the Saints on Friday for an evening of music in support of mental health.

Father-son duo Wade and Chord Fehr. Photo from the Wade Fehr Music Facebook page.
Saskatoon band Christopher and the Saints, photo by Jessica Deback

The three groups will headline the first Rock for Mental Health night at the Rock Trout Events Centre, with proceeds benefiting the Prince Albert branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

“I think everyone can get involved in mental health,” said local musician Emma Jean, who is helping organize the event. “It's really important to support it these days, and I know how to do that with music.”

Friday's show will be Christopher and the Saints' first appearance in Prince Albert. The band describes themselves as “Pink Floyd with cowboy boots” and just released a new single called “Hey Hey” in May, which they hope will become an anthem for people struggling with mental health issues.

“Really proud of this,” the group wrote on social media after the song's release. “We hope it's relatable.”

Wade and Chord consists of father-son duo Wade and Chord Fehr, while East Side of Second includes brothers Aiden and Logan Edwards and their friends Evan Ace, Gavin Johns and Kace Callaghan.

“The bands are 100 percent ready to support this cause,” Jean said. “It's a great opportunity for musicians and bands to come together and do something.”

Jean came up with the idea for Rock for Mental Health after working in the mental health field for some time, an experience that showed her how important it is to have organizations like CMHA.

“CMHA Prince Albert is one of them, but there are many organizations that work on mental health – and many people working in that field,” she said. “I think the more we can support them in turn, the more that will make a difference in a lot of people's lives.”

Jean encouraged fans to support CMHA and other mental health organizations directly if they can't make it to the show. She also encouraged music lovers to come and enjoy the show.

“If things go well and we have a lot of support from the community, it would be nice to do something like this every year,” she said.

Doors for Rock for Mental Health open at 7pm on Friday 31 May. Tickets are available online or at the box office.

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