Indie band Basic White will rock the house at the Rideau Ski Club’s 2019 fundraiser taking place at Hanley Hall Saturday, Dec. 12. Photo submitted.

Indie rock band headlines ski club fundraiser Dec. 21

For the second year in a row, the Rideau Ski Club is hoping to net $3,000 from its annual fundraising evening.

Basic White, a London-based rock trio with local roots, is back for “Rock the Hall 2.0”, to be held at Hanley Hall, 30 McGill St. North in Smiths Falls from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 21. Tickets are on sale for $16.93 each.

The band, consisting of Riley White, Jordan Wallace and Sandro Di Stefano, provided the entertainment for last year’s successful sold-out fundraiser held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95. They describe themselves as a “straight up indie-rock band.”

Daryl Pratt, who joined the ski club executive last year after moving to the area with her family from Collingwood, said proceeds of the fundraiser will support club programs. This includes a 10-week learn to ski program for 10 to 12 children. The club will cover all costs including transportation, lift tickets, lessons, and equipment if needed.

The lessons will take place every Saturday from Jan. 4 to March 7 during the club’s weekly excursions to ski hills in Ontario and Quebec, including Calabogie Peaks, Sommet Edelweiss, Mont Cascades, Mont Ste. Marie, and Mont Tremblant.

“We hit most of the hills twice, and Tremblant is more expensive, so we do that one once,” said Pratt.

The club is planning to enter a float in the Smiths Falls Santa Claus parade on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14, and will be selling memberships at a booth at Settlers Ridge Centre following the parade. Memberships, which cost $20 per individual or $40 per family of up to six members are another source of funds for club programs. Buying a membership provides a skier with potential discounts on lift tickets, rentals or lessons at various ski resorts including Mont Ste Marie, Mont Cascades, Calabogie Peaks, Mount Pakenham and Vorlage. Buses pick up members each Saturday in Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place and at Pinecrest Mall.

Participation in the club’s 10-week program costs $615 per adult, $535 for a student aged 18-15, $525 for a youth 13 to 17 and $495 for children aged six to 12. Individuals may enrol in the 10-week program at Sport X on Chambers Street in Smiths Falls.

Article by Chris Must

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