"The re-activation of the Khyber Building at 1588 Barrington as an accessible, publicly owned arts hub and multi-use community space is a cause very close to my heart," says Plaskett. "So much of my history in the music scene is tied to that building, not to mention it's where I met my wife in 1994. There is not another building in Halifax or even Nova Scotia that connects the arts, music, LGBTQ and theatre communities like the Khyber has. It is also one of the most historic and iconic buildings in the entire city. I wanted to have a show in celebration of the Khyber and figured we could do some fundraising at the same time. The Shore Club in Hubbards seemed like great place to hold it. Although the Khyber is in downtown Halifax, I truly believe what it represents is of relevance to the entire city and province. All profits from this event will go to what we are calling The Khyber Building Fund. The money raised from this event will not be enough to renovate the Khyber. It is a starting point and a small gesture to show the city how many of us care about 1588 Barrington and that we are capable of raising money. If we make our case successfully to city council in the fall and get the green light then no doubt there will be a much larger fundraising campaign launched."
Link to the auction: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/-/161798623477
To raise awareness and promote the fund, Friends of the Khyber have officially declared the summer of 2015 to be "The Summer of the Khyber" and are encouraging supporters to use the hashtag #sotk2015 when mentioning the events on social media.
Other Summer of the Khyber events and announcements can be found at friendsofthekhyber.org. More from Plaskett can be found at joelplaskett.com
Press release courtesy of Jones & Co.