My friend Andrea Rehill (some of you Hamiltonians might know her) is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. I’m not talking the kind who goes to every show that comes to Toronto and surrounding area. I’m talking super-fan, like driving to Jersey on the regular, is covered in tribute tattoos, and even has his manager’ss number in her phone. I guess you could say she likes him.

But she’s not only a fan of Bruce’s music, she’s a fan of the things he stands for. That’s where the Light of Day fundraiser comes in. The fundraiser started in 1998 in New Jersey after Bob Benjamin, a music industry veteran and friend of The Boss, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He recruited his music industry friends and colleagues to put their talents towards raising money for the devastating disease. The event now spans countries all over the world and has raised more than a million dollars. So, while Andrea is a mega-fan, thats not all that she’s about. She’s a great part of the Hamilton community and is always looking for ways to give back.

The event has been held in Niagara over the years, but Andrea decided to bring the show to Hamilton last year – and even though she had to compete with the Ti-Cat season ending game – the event was a huge success. Acts like The Dinner Belles, Willie Nile and The Black Spurs were there to throw down for the cause. It was so successfull in fact, that she had to add a second show this year because Thursday nights tickets sold out so fast.

Light of Day will be held at everyone’s favourite dive, This Ain’t Hollywood on James Street North and is set to be a night – or I guess nights – to remember.

Although Andrea accepted his proposal last year, but no wedding took place, Vincent Pastore (a.k.a. “Big Pussy” from the Sopranos) agreed to return as host for the evening. I think he’s hoping this year is for real – see the video below.


Amazing local acts like Live How You Live and The Dinner Belles are on the bill for this event as well as some musical legends like Willie Nile and everyone’s favourite East Coaster Joel Plaskett joined by his friend Peter Elkas will be gracing the stage this year.

The Dinner Belles – ‘Til The Dawn

Peter Elkas – Cool Thing to Do

Joel Plaskett – Fashionable People

This years Light of Day Hamilton is set to knock your socks off so make sure to grab your tickets ASAP. Thursday is SOLD OUT, but there are still some tickets left for the newly added Wednesday night show. Below is all the info you need to make this night full of good music, good people and a good cause, a part of your history.


Hosted by Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore (The Sopranos)
with DJ KU (motown, funk & soul)


Live How You Live
Peter Elkas Band
Willie Nile
Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan
Brisco’s Blues Revue


Hosted by Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore (The Sopranos)
DJ George Pettit (Alexisonfire)

Joel Plaskett and Peter Elkas
The Dinner Belles
Willie Nile
Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan
Buckshot Bebee and her Secret Boyfriends

As always, all proceeds going towards the fight against Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses!

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Tickets available at
At the venue or by contacting me at

Andrea @

Online purchases will be picked up the evening of the show at the door with your email confirmation and photo ID!

Visit for more information

And special thanks to Kaiden Seven Photography!!

Thanks Andrea for organizing what I’m sure will be another amazing night. If any of you out there are interested in bringing Light of Day to your city (and I hope some of you are), visit for more info.

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