Murray Porter performing at last year’s Rock the North.

Murray Porter performing at last year’s Rock the North.

Rock the North is coming back

The second annual fundraising music weekend, Rock the North, is at ‘Ksan Campground from July 11-13.

The second annual fundraising music weekend, Rock the North, is at ‘Ksan Campground from July 11-13.

Organizer Melanie Smoke said she puts on the event to raise money for environmental as well as health and wellness causes.

Some of the performers include the ‘Ksan Performing Arts, blues artists Murray Porter and Rachelle Van Zanten, The Racket, Axes of Ego and Mob Bounce.

A few of the keynote speakers are Christina Soto to talk about holistic healing, pancreatic cancer survivors and someone from the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

This year half of the proceeds will go to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, 25 per cent will be donated to the Jean Barber Lodge in Vancouver and the remaining 25 per cent will be given to the SWCC.

And Friday night’s entry fee will be by donation, either cash or a non-perishable food item, for the food bank.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. Smoke said that those who lend a hand can get in for free.

Last year $1,200 was given to Pancreatic Cancer Canada,  $675 went to the food bank in Hazelton and $675 was donated to SWCC. Smoke is hoping to bring in around $10,000 this year.

Tickets are available at Mercedes Beans and Bulkley Valley Credit Union in Hazelton, Ulla Popken in Smithers and Gemma’s Boutique in Terrace.