Inspired by feminist icon Rosie the Riveter, who represented the feminist movement during the Second World War, a group of four women musicians from Saskatoon is coming to Woodstock to perform uplifting folk music with a 1940s flair.
The all-ages fundraising concert, slated for Ingamo Homes on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Rosehill Farm Wedding and Event Centre, will feature a plethora of upbeat music, dance music and costume changes.
“It’s a really high energy, funny, entertaining and empowering show,” said band member Allyson Reigh in a phone interview from Saskatoon. “Our goal is a performance that leaves people feeling uplifted and joyful. It’s important to us to perform music that makes us happy.”
The Riveters, who recently released an album of original music, will perform mostly their own songs.
“They are all performed with a vintage flair,” Reigh said. “I think we are very funny, and we also dress up for each show. We find we appeal to a large variety of people.”
The Riveters say they are also about empowering women to be ambassadors for change in their communities. The group uses 20 per cent of its merchandise sales to support women’s projects around the world through KIVA.org.
Since 2011, the band has performed over 100 concerts in Saskatchewan, have been showcased across the Prairies and Ontario, and featured at numerous festivals and participated in workshops.
The name of the band appealed to Ingamo Homes, since a poster of Rosie the Riveter hangs on their boardroom wall as a “symbol of the strength and power that is inside each woman.”
Suzanne Stoop of Ingamo Homes explained when she saw the band play and learned about their contributions to an organization that provides micro loans to support women’s projects around the globe, “a light went off.”
“I knew we had to see if they could team up with Ingamo to do a fundraising event,” Stoop said.
Diane Harris, executive director of Ingamo Homes, said the fundraiser will help raise money for women and children’s programs at the 21-unit home, which provides second-stage transitional supportive housing.
“It’s for women with children or women without children who have left abuse. We have to continue fundraising for unfunded programs,” she said.
Harris said there are no program dollars for supportive programs, therapeutic counselling, trips or family outings that “help women move forward.”
“We’re always trying to find new and innovative fundraising ideas that members of the community want to attend,” she said.
The opening act at the concert will feature Ingersoll singer and actor Laura Martineau, who has been involved in theatre in Woodstock and at the Grand Theatre in London.
Martineau recently starred in Heathers, a musical staged at the McManus Studio in London.
The Rosehill Farm Wedding and Event Centre is one of the area’s newest wedding and events venues. Located in the renovated hayloft of a former dairy farm, the Karn Road business has donated the space for the event.
To learn more about the event, visit the Facebook page Rosie and the Riveters in Woodstock.
Advance tickets are $25 and are available at Patina’s Gifts in Ingersoll, at Woodstock’s Merrifield Book Shop or by calling Ingamo Homes at 519-421-0383 ext. 224 or e-mailing email@example.com.
If tickets are still available, they will be sold at the door for $30.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Food will also be available to be purchased at the licensed event.