Arioso sings for grandmothers

Pamela Cochet of Arioso on stage at the concert in 2017. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

Prince Albert’s very own Arioso headlined a concert of all-Canadian classics on Sunday, the tenth time they’ve hit the stage to raise money for Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers.

The performance began with O Canada, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, and continued with Relax by Connie Kaldor. Then they hazarded a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to close off the first act, before passing the mic to guitarist Larry Krause.

Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers raises money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which works to empower grassroots groups in Sub-Saharan Africa fighting the HIV pandemic. They aim to support African grandmothers, who help care for the children left behind.

“The grandmothers are the unsung heroes because the grandmothers have taken on the responsibility for children that have been orphaned by the HIV pandemic,” said Monica Bayda, one of the Prince Albert grandmothers at the concert.

Event organizer Jeannette Eddolls said the concert was a “great success.” They sold 475 tickets at $20 each, and more than 600 packs of a dozen cookies – more than 7,200 cookies in all.

For more on this story, see the April 4 print or e-edition of the Prince Albert Daily Herald.