Foster promises Crescendo of talent for charity
Hints at Groban, Buble or Collins to headline March show
by HEATHER SAWERS
The Daily News
March is normally a blah, slushy month, but Halifax will be treated to a sparkling Hollywood event six months from now.
Famed Canadian music producer David Foster was in town to announce a flashy three-day event called Crescendo to raise money for The David Foster Foundation. The weekend will feature a showcase of local talent at Casino Nova Scotia on March 28 and a charity gala and concert at the World Trade and Convention Centre on March 29.
The foundation – which Foster started back in 1986 – provides support for Canadian families with children undergoing organ transplants, and has helped more than 340 Canadian families to date.
“When (families) get hit with these extra costs, they just can’t function. It breaks down the entire fibre of the family,” Foster told reporters yesterday. “We fill that gap, so they can concentrate on the care of their child, and their other children.”
Foster is aiming to raise $1 million at the event, which would be the largest amount from a single event in Atlantic Canadian history.
The highlight of the weekend will be the gala concert, which always features a celebrity headliner, but Foster is keeping details hush-hush at the moment.
“Whenever I give a lineup, people always say ‘OK, but who are the surprise guests going to be?'” Foster said. “Meanwhile, you’ve got Bryan Adams and Celine Dion and Kenny G, and people are still asking about the surprises. No matter who I name, they always want more.”
“I’d like to ask Michael Buble to come here, and I want to ask Josh Groban and Phil Collins,” he continued. “They’re doable asks for me, and I promise you it will be somebody like that who will headline the show. I will not let you down.”
Foster, who has produced songs for Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Madonna, and has won 14 Grammy Awards, said part of the fundraising is a search for new musical talent called Ovation Star Search Atlantic. Singers between the ages of 14 and 29 can apply to compete for the chance to perform in front of Foster and a panel of celebrity judges. The winner from that showcase will get to perform with Foster at the gala concert.
“I love to find new singers, so somebody from the Maritimes is going to be opening our show,” Foster said. “It’s an exciting chance for somebody local – maybe somebody from right here in Halifax.”
More info on Crescendo: www.davidfosteratlantic.ca