Carlton Munroe has a lot of caring people in his corner.
The executive director of Glasgow Square and the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee and former news director at 94.1 East Coast FM was diagnosed with glioblastoma in November, according to a news release. This is the same type of aggressive brain cancer that the Tragically Hip’s lead singer Gord Downie has.
His community has sprung into action to help.
Presented by "Carlton’s Crew," a group of family, friends and co-workers, The Big Bash for Carlton, a benefit for the Nova Scotia music industry leader and his family, will take place at Glasgow Square in New Glasgow on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“Our goal is to raise as much money for the family as possible to assist with the many costs associated with this extremely challenging journey,” event organizer Michelle Ferris said in the release. “We hope the community will join us in building a deep well of love and support for the Munroe family.”
The levee-style event allows people to drop in throughout the afternoon and evening and features musical performances by East Coast artists, including several Pictou County musicians. Performers will be announced via social media throughout the day on Saturday. For updates, join the Facebook event here or follow @JubileeNG on Twitter.
The Big Bash for Carlton will also host a silent auction that will include autographed guitars and memorabilia. A second venue, Wrangler’s Bar & Grill, will also host event attendees and will run concurrently, with music acts on stage there all day and evening.
Admission for the event is by donation, with a suggested amount of $20. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. People of all ages are welcome, but the event will be restricted to those aged 19 and over at 9 p.m.
For those interested in donating, donations can be sent via e-transfer to CareForCarlton@gmail.com, they can be dropped off for "Carlton Munroe" at any Scotiabank branch in Pictou County and cheques may be mailed or dropped off c/o his employer: Town of New Glasgow, P.O. Box 7, 111 Provost St., New Glasgow, NS B2H 5E1.