fileProceeds from an upcoming blues concert will support community efforts to build a sculpture at the Beaverton Harbour.

Beaverton Special Events will host a performance by Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar concert on Saturday, April 7 at the Beaverton Town Hall.

The show will serve as the official kickoff for the fundraising campaign for the SKYWoman project, which will see a “distinctive and evocative work of art made by renowned local artist Ron Baird” constructed at the Beaverton Harbour.

A press release from Beaverton Special Events refers to Martin as an artist of “extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion.”

“On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire,” it continues.

An Edmonton native, Martin first discovered the power of her voice in Grade 4 while auditioning for a role in a class production of The Sound of Music, belting out Rogers and Hammerstein’s ‘My Favorite Things.’

“When her music teacher got excited and brought other teachers in to see the effect of the young dynamo’s pipes, Martin knew she had something special going on. A couple of years earlier, her father had bought her an acoustic guitar, getting her started by showing her a few chords and a basic boogie shuffle. The rest is history,” the press release reads.

“After performing 130 high energy ‘soul revue’ style shows in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, Samantha is now building her European fan base with two full length European tours scheduled before February 2019. The live show is a torrid force of nature, taking audiences to emotional peaks while leaving them stunned with pin-you-against-the-wall power.”

Martin is a five-time Maple Blues Award nominee, Canada’s National Blues Awards program honouring the finest in Canadian Blues and recognizing outstanding achievement in the field.

“We are thrilled to have Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar performing here in Beaverton at our kickoff fundraising event for the SKYWoman initiative” said Christine Dukelow, a member of the project’s steering committee.

“We are hoping that the community will come out and enjoy a world-class wonderful evening and support this important community project.”

The fundraising concert is an age-of-majority event featuring drinks, snacks and door prizes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at various local businesses in Beaverton, Cannington and Sunderland. For more information on the SKYWoman initiative, click HERE.

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