Singing for the Golden Food Bank

Golden’s own Leo Downey will be performing a concert in support of the Golden Food Bank on Saturday Oct. 27.

Golden’s own Leo Downey will be performing a concert in support of the Golden Food Bank on Saturday Oct. 27.

The concert will be hosted by Brenda and John Managh at their residence at 1456 Hwy 95 S.

“Brenda Managh is very involved in the community, and volunteers regularly at the Food Bank on our intake desk… The fundraiser was her initiative. She enjoys hosting functions at her home and has the capacity to do so,” said Barb Davies, director of the Golden Food Bank. “She has held other house concerts in her home, and she can accommodate anywhere between 75 and 250 people, so it’s great.”

Managh approached Leo Downey and asked if he would be involved, and he was happy to do so. Downey has taken a special interest in the production of food, and owns his own buffalo ranch.

“I realized almost all of us have forgotten where food comes from and how to feed ourselves,” he said. This realization came when he would spend months at a time living in the desert, and surviving on very little food.

“So doing this house concert for the Food Bank is meaningful for me on many levels. I am looking forward to it so much, and I will be sharing some funny stories about my life and tying it all into the songs.”

Downey’s new self-titled CD will be on sale at the event as well. The songs take on the same themes as Downey’s own life.

“Being able to live off the land, and learn how to provide my own food and food for others in the the main motif that brought me to Canada,” he said.

“I’m really loking forward to the concert – the music will be amazing, and the setting very intimate,” said Davies. “She (Managh) wants it as a real community and cozy feel, so she encourages people to bring a small appetizer and whatever they’d like to drink.”

Admission will be by donation to the Golden Food Bank. If anyone has any questions they can contact Davies at the Food Bank at 250-344-2113.