Musicians helping musicians is what the Third Annual Bob Pedler Memorial Fundraiser is about — an event organized by the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild (Local 293 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians) named after an important figure in Hamilton’s musical history and created to benefit local musicians in need.
Larry Feudo has been making music in Hamilton for some three decades with Trickbag and more but he focuses on his role as President of the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild President Local 293 AFM for a special fundraiser this weekend.
“Part of being a musician is that you can have the backing of a large organization that offers a lot of help and advice on a wide range of financial, legal and other matters,” says Feudo on the importance of the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild. “It’s a mission statement for the AFM to do these things because it’s for the betterment of the musicians lives. It’s more complex being a musician in today’s world as well. The union is for the musician that wants to be a professional and you should want to belong to a professional organization. As our members get older, they’re having some health issues and what not. The Lester Petrillo Fund from the AFM and the Bob Peddler Fund gives a musician some help so that the musician can live when they are not able to gig for a while. The concept is building a community of musicians that look out for each other.
“The other part of it is the coming together of peers for a good cause,” adds Feudo. "We’ve got eight acts that have all donated their services and it’s a really good community event. When we took over this union, we had about 280 members but now we’ve topped out at over 700 so there are a lot of people enthused about what we have going on. From workshops on performing rights or pensions, we’ve got a lot of things we have to inform our membership of because there is so much out there that musicians have to know.”
Last year’s event raised $2500 for the cause. And yes, Bob Peddler’s son Jack, (former Teenage Head drummer who’d made local news when it was confirmed he was battling diverticulitis) became the first recipient of the fund that bears his father’s name. This weekend’s fundraiser is also a community gathering to celebrate a couple of notables for the George R. Robinson Award for outstanding support of live music in Hamilton.
“This year, we pay tribute to the passion and commitment of Judy Marsales and Dr. John Chong of the Hamilton Musicians’ Clinic,” says Feudo. “You can see Judy at five or six events a week so she’s a staunch supporter of local musicians and she’s part of the board on some organizations. Dr Chong, I remember him coming out when we were playing with Biscuit [King Biscuit Boy, Richard Newell] and he’d be telling us, ‘you’re playing too loud, you’re at 90db!’. That’s going back 30 years and he’s been consistently helping musicians with all kinds of issues. We’re proud to recognize what both of these people have done and we can’t overstate enough that these people are so supportive of musicians and have been for many decades.”
It will be an afternoon of non–stop music featuring many talented Local 293 members. While it may sound like an official club meeting of sorts, Feudo would hope any and every music fan would come out to the show.
“Everyone is welcome and it’s going to be a very entertaining afternoon,” says Feudo. “I always liked the idea of musicians helping themselves and with an event like this, they’re doing it for something that might happen down the line.
“The musicians all believe in what we’re doing and there are always more that want to participate than we can accommodate,” adds Feudo. “But we’ve got tons of music, a big venue, good sound system and great food — everyone is guaranteed to have a good time.”
The Third Annual Bob Pedler Memorial Fundraiser happens Saturday October 26 at Stonewalls with Michael Maguire, McKenna, the Brown Music Band, Trickbag, Big John and the Night Trippers, the Smokewagon Blues Band, Cootes Paradise and the Bucket List Band. The event runs from Noon until 6pm. Admission is $10 and will include a chance to win a number of door prizes including an Epiphone Dove Pro Electric/Acoustic Guitar and 2 pairs of tickets to the HPO's SciFi Spectacular. Click on hamiltonmusicians.org