Thousands ‘rocked out’ with Colin James to raise money for Ottawa’s Humane Society

Seen in image above: Colin James rocked the house at TD Place Nov., 4 as part of the 10th anniversary of Rock for Public Services concert. The event raised funds to support the Ottawa Humane Society. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

OTTAWA — It was a full house on Saturday night as TD Place hosted its 10th annual Rock for Public Services event, featuring Canadian legend — Colin James.

Canadian legend Colin James, played for almost 5,000 people Sat. night. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

The concert was completely free and seats were taken on a “first-come first-served basis.” Fans began to line up outside in the cold at 4:30 for the 7 p.m. show.

Although no ticket purchase was necessary, attendees were encouraged to “dig deep” and donate to help the thousands of animals who show up every year at the Ottawa Humane Society.

The Cooper Brothers opened the show with their large band including brass and background vocal accompaniment.

Brian Cooper, bass guitarist and lead singer of the Cooper Brothers. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

They played some of their classic hits and said they “were going back about five decades.” Then an audience member replied, “No that was only 5 weeks ago!” Everyone laughed.

Taking over the mic from the Cooper Brothers was Stittsville native Kathleen Edwards.

Local singer-songwriter and musician Kathleen Edwards took centre stage on Saturday night at the Rock for Public Works benefit concert. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Her unique and powerful voice captivated the audience.

She even invited a young boy in the front row to play his guitar along with her.

The best part of the show however was of course when James hit the stage.

Regina native Colin James performed in front of 5000 people on Sat., all to benefit the Ottawa Humane Society. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

He opened his part of the show with some of his slower hits. Then his third song in he exclaimed, “Now it’s time to dance!”

The audience obliged.

The aisles quickly filled with couples and many grown women fulfilling their lifelong dreams of being up and close to their teenage idol.

It was a great concert for a great cause! James will put his talent to work for another great cause later this month, when he hops aboard CP’s Holiday Train and makes a performance stop in Finch and other communities along the track.

Seen in image above: Canadian rock and blues singer and songwriter Colin James sang this weekend in Canada’s capital. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

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