On October 1st, 2017 the lives of many people changed forever. Country fans from near and far gathered in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival for what was supposed to be an evening filled with singing, laughter and a stompin’ good time. Little did the concert-goers know that lurking in the shadows was a gunman hellbent of causing the worse massacre in modern history.

Canadian Country Music Songstresses gathered to raise money for the Music City Cares Fund, helping the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The event which was held at the Love Child Social House in Toronto titled Women, Whiskey and Music was hosted by Top Country, KX94.7fm, KX96fm and sponsored by whiskey makers Jack Daniels.

Featured guests for the evening where Jenna Walker (of The Reklaws) with her younger brother accompanying her on guitar, Toronto’s own The Lovelocks, which consists of the angelic harmonies of Ali Raney and Zoe Neuman, along with Madeline Merlo (2015 CCMA Award winner for Rising Star of the Year) and Multi CCMA awards nominee Jessica Mitchell.

All the ladies performed 3 songs, and took a brief moment to talk about how the events in Las Vegas affected them.

During the Lovelocks set, the gals asked to conduct an excercise of remaining quiet while they took this opportunity to debut their song Staycation.

During Jessica Mitchell’s set a moment of silence was requested to reflect on the loss and tragedy that affected so many. The hall came to a hush, with barely a whisper to be heard. After performing her last song, the host came up to thank the audience for their support for the evening and Mitchell announced a special surprise was to ensue. All the ladies gathered on stage to perform Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It was a nice conclusion to the evening.

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