David Foster joined by Oprah Winfrey for his David Foster Foundation charity gala

David Foster Foundation 2017 gala







David Foster Foundation 2017 event: 30th foundation gala

They do not call it Hollywood North for nothing.

The starred guest list for the 30th Anniversary Gala and Concerto Miracle by David Foster continues to grow with the celebrities Oprah, Steve Tyler of Aerosmith and actress Goldie Hawn have confirmed to visit Vancouver later this month.

The Foundation’s David Foster Foundation’s annual event raises funds to support families who often have to travel to other cities so that their children can experience rescue organ transplants. The foundation has helped more than 1,100 Canadian families cover non-medical expenses, such as traveling to cities where pediatric facilities are located, mortgages or rental payments, car payments, and more.

This year’s event will also have Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, Bo Derek, Carly Rae Jepsen of B.C. and The Tenors. Concert performers include Tyler, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli and Laura Bretan.

Tickets for the event start at $ 49 and are available online at davidfostermiracleconcert.com. See the full list of celebrity guests below.

• Oprah Winfrey
• Steven Tyler
• Goldie Hawn
• Dr. Phil McGraw
• Jay Leno
• Bo Derek
• Carly Rae Jepsen
• The Tenors
• Matteo Bocelli
• Laura Bretan
• Terry David Mulligan
• Russ & Paris Courtnall
• Geoff Courtnall
• Michaela Pereira
• Jim Treliving
• Trevor Linden
• Andre Agassi
• Steffi Graf
• Melissa Peterman
• Rick Hansen
• Erin Foster
• Sara Foster
• Tommy Haas
• Ben Mulroney
• Brian and Mila Mulroney
• Ruben Studdard
• Pia Toscano
• Shelea Frazier
• Caroline Campbell
• William Joseph

Since it was founded in Victoria in 1986, David Foster has supported the non-medical expenses of over 1,100 Canadian families, such as food, mortgage or rent, and flights.

“For the past three decades, the David Foster Foundation has worked hard to raise the awareness of this cause and educate the public on the importance of becoming a registered organ donor,” said Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation.


David Foster bringing big names to Vancouver for foundation’s charity concert

David Foster 2017 foundation gala concert

A star formation musician is coming for a concert to Vancouver in October for the thirtieth anniversary of the David Foster Foundation.

Concert tickets are already on sale for the event on October 21st.

On Monday, the foundation announced its first wave of confirmed presentations:  Steven Tyler, Jay Leno, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli and Laura Bretan. Other musicians will come, they said in a press release.

Tickets for the gala concert at Rogers Arena cost from $ 49 to $ 119, plus taxes.

“The portion of concerts on our 30th anniversary gala will be one of the biggest nights of Vancouver music, as David Foster is joined by Steven Tyler and a handful of remarkable entertainers,” said Michael Ravenhill, CEO of David Foster Foundation.

Over the past 30 years, the foundation said they spent millions to cover non-medical expenses for more than 1,000 Canadian families with children undergoing rescue organ transplants.

The foundation also promotes the registration of organ donors.

“Over 90% of Canadians support organ donor registration, but less than 25% of us are registered,” added Ravenhill. “When families face the most difficult times of their lives – when their baby is sick and needs a transplant – our role is to come alongside the family and take that financial weight so that they can concentrate on the whole their focus on the baby and do not have to worry about losing their home or wondering where they are to get the money to pay their bills.

Foster, originally from Victoria, was won 16 Grammys in his career. He founded his eponymous foundation in Victoria in 1986.

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert
Sat, 10/21 09:00 PM
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

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David Foster directed event support Israeli Defense Forces

From hollywoodreporter.com
6:16 AM PST 11/07/2014 by Tina Daunt

Haim Saban Raises $34M to Support Israeli Defense Forces
Barbra Streisand, Larry Ellison, Ben Silverman and Pamela Anderson were among the guests at the star-studded dinner

Billionaire mogul and master fundraiser Haim Saban brought the A-lists of Hollywood and tech together Thursday at the Beverly Hilton to raise $34 million for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Even by the standards of the always well-supported annual FIDF events, this year’s dinner raised a remarkable amount for a single fundraising event, with major support from Hollywood moguls and studios execs. Interest has run higher than in past years because of Israel’s recent struggle with Hamas terrorism in Gaza.

A tearful Saban told the crowd of more than 1,200 attendees that he discouraged anonymous donations this year because it was important for supporters to “stand with Israel publicly, vocally and very loudly.”

Notable donations made at the event included $10 million from Larry Ellison, co-founder and chairman of Oracle; $5 million from top Republican fundraisers Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (who received a standing ovation from the liberal westside crowd); $5.2 million from brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano of Guess Jeans; $3.6 million from Saban and wife Cheryl; $2 million from Steve Tisch, chairman and executive vice president of the New York Giants; $1 million from Leo David, founder of the Western Region of the FIDF; and $1.6 million from The Helmsley Charitable Trust. In addition, first-time attendees and donors Michael and Susan Dell gave $1.8 million to fundIMPACT! educational scholarship programs.

Other co-chairs and supporters included Marvel Studios founder and former CEO Avi Arad, Electus founder Ben Silverman, Alan Horn and wife Cindy, Barry Meyer, Israeli billionaire Vivi Nevo, Barbra Streisand, developer and Los Angeles Police Commission president Steve Soboroff, Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz, David Foster, Pamela Anderson, Chris Tucker, Jordan Farmar and Spencer Hawes.

“This event is always one of the most inspiring and emotional evenings of the year,” said Streisand. “The soldiers of the IDF deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for all that they sacrifice to protect Israel, the only democratic state in the region.”

The Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces are, in fact, a unique organization with chapters across the United States. Under Saban’s longtime patronage, the western region chapter’s annual fundraiser for the group has become a multimillion dollar affair. The funds go to provide educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for serving IDF personnel, as well as to support the families of fallen soldiers and to injured veterans. The group also helps IDF members who are alone in Israel to maintain contact with their families in other countries.

“In my mind, there is no greater honor than supporting some of the bravest people in the world, and I thank FIDF for providing us with this opportunity year-after-year to celebrate and support these soldiers,” said the Oracle founder Ellison. “These men and women come together with indefatigable purpose, to defend Israel and strive to co-exist in peace.”

The Sabans helped fly in a number of young Israeli soldiers, who had received honors for serving in the recent war in Gaza, for the event. They also arranged for tearful reunions between “lone soldiers” and their parents.

As one of the program’s highlights, U.S. Marine Core Sgt. Greg Grutter, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, talked about how his life was changed when he went to Israel where he met with IDF veteran Zvika Comay as part of the FIDF’s Heroes to Heroes program, which brings together Israeli and American military heroes. Sharing similar combat experiences, the two became close friends. Comay, who made a surprise visit to the US for the gala, came out onto the stage where he and Grutter embraced.

With David Foster at the helm, the evening also featured a number of musical performances, with sets performed by Ricky Martin, Canada’s Tenors, and members of the crowd, including a 22-year-old female Israeli solder who wowed the audience with her rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel.”

“It’s a humbling experience to be here amongst these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country,” said computer magnate Dell, “Susan and I are honored to be able to support their higher education” Tisch expressed similar sentiments, adding that “The men and women of the IDF sacrifice so much to ensure that our history is safeguarded and our future is bright. It is the least we can do to celebrate and support them here tonight.”

Said Arad: “After spending my own time defending Israel, I know that now more than ever the soldiers of the IDF need our support. This summer we experienced the worst bloodshed and devastation that we have seen in recent history. Our community of civilians has a moral responsibility to rise up and show our gratitude for these soldiers’ bravery as they fight terrorism and defend our frontlines.”

Source:Haim Saban Raises $34M to Support Israeli Defense Forces.

David Foster on Twitter: “Spending time with the incredible @TenorsMusic in the studio today #newmusic #comingsoon”

David Foster on Twitter: “Spending time with the incredible @TenorsMusic in the studio today #newmusic #comingsoon”.

[Interview] The Tenors and David Foster: concert tour of Asia


Source: http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/799327-the-tenors-hit-town

THE WELL-GROOMED voices of the Tenors have a universe of classical and pop melodies they could choose to wrap their resonant vocal cords around, but it turns out one of their concert favourites is Song for the Mira.

Sitting in a booth at the Delta Halifax’s Harbour City Bar & Grill to chat up their Canadian tour and Juno Award-nominated album Lead With Your Heart, half of the quartet — Torontonian Victor Micallef and B.C. native Clifton Murray — say they’ve sung the tune on five continents.


Without fail, the pastoral setting described by Cape Breton’s Allister MacGillivray and made famous by Springhill’s Anne Murray touches a nerve that’s universal.

“You know what? Song for the Mira is a hit worldwide. It’s one of our most popular songs,” says Micallef, who joins his brothers in arias at Sydney’s Centre 200 on Friday and the Halifax Metro Centre on Tuesday, with guest Jimmy Rankin.

“When we played near Prague — we were at a festival in this beautiful Renaissance town, Cesky Krumlov — it was a huge hit there. And in Berlin too.

“I think it’s so Canadian and so unique, it’s like a novelty. They don’t get that view of life every day. We like to have fun with it, and it’s like sitting around a campfire.”

Murray says it’s the perfect storytelling song.

“People hear it and they understand a little bit more about Canada.”

Murray gets that East Coast feeling; although he grew up in Port McNeill, at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, his parents hail from Newfoundland, and he likes the idea of including more music from this part of the world in the Tenors’ repertoire.

An obvious choice would be another Cape Breton standard, Leon Dubinsky’s Rise Again, turned into a hit by the Rankin Family. It includes an emotional climax that requires a trained voice like Micallef’s or Murray’s, or their fellow Tenors, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters.

But thematically, it’s hard not to think of Hank Snow’s I’ve Been Everywhere as the two recount the adventures over the past five or so years of the group that began as the Canadian Tenors.

Their following grew rapidly after high-profile appearances like joining Celine Dion on Oprah and performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah during the In Memoriam segment of the 2011 Emmy Awards. Then there are those once-in-a-lifetime moments like singing at a private gathering at Canadian producer (and Tenors mentor) David Foster’s Malibu home with Barbra Streisand sitting only a few feet away, and serenading Queen Elizabeth II during a reception in London.

“At the last minute, they asked us if we could also sing God Save the Queen, and we just said yes, even though we’d never sung it before,” says Murray, noting how they pieced together an a cappella arrangement in the taxi on the way to their royal audience.

“If that cabbie wasn’t feeling patriotic when we got in, I’m sure he did by the time we got to the palace.”

They admit to feeling more than a bit patriotic themselves when they get the chance to play to a new audience in a different country. Even though they’ve dropped “Canadian” from their name, they make sure their listeners understand where they’re from, and they get a cultural education of their own in return.

“China was an absolute different mentality and world,” recalls Micallef, who joined the Tenors on a concert tour of Asia with Foster.

“It took a while to get used to, to be honest. The people were great, but they’re very reserved during a show. So you’re not getting any kind of feedback during a show. Sometimes they don’t even clap between numbers, and you’re up there thinking, ‘We suuuuuck!’”

Murray says the group always steps up and does a bow to applause at halftime.

“But they stopped clapping and we were bowing in silence. And then you walk off stage.”

But by the end of the concert, “they’re swarming you and going crazy, clapping and all that. They save it for the end. It’s unbelievable,” continues Micallef, who says they had a much different experience in the Philippines, where the crowd was much more vocal.

“During the show, David Foster goes out into the audience and says to people, ‘I can make you a superstar, show me what you got,’” says Murray. “And he’ll give the mike to random people, and usually they suck.

“But in the Phillipines, every single person he picked (had talent). Three girls jumped up and started singing in perfect three-part harmony. It was amazing!”

You’d think performing in Atlantic Canada would seem a bit more mundane compared to the Far East or a one-on-one with Streisand, but Micallef and Murray say they’ve learned to enjoy the road no matter where it takes them. On their last visit to the region, they dimly recall a night in St. John’s where they wound up partying with a group of figure skaters and singing songs into the wee hours.

“Every time we come back to the Maritimes, we end up getting into a lot of trouble and having tons of fun. We’re just looking forward to coming back and showcasing our new album and telling more stories that we’ve accumulated over the last couple of years,” says Murray, eagerly anticipating a stop at favourite regional restaurants like Halifax’s Five Fishermen.

“We’ve hit every continent, and it’s a great way to meet people and get to know their culture, through their food. And we’re all foodies, so we love to do it. East Coast? Gotta have the seafood.”

“Especially the lobster,” adds Micallef. From the sound of his voice, you can tell he can’t wait for the moment that he covers his silk shirt with that plastic bib.


Fans buying tickets for the Tenors’ shows on Friday at Centre 200 in Sydney and March 5 at the Halifax Metro Centre can help Feed Nova Scotia by using promo code FEEDNOVASCOTIA when purchasing tickets. $15 will go to Feed Nova Scotia.

Tickets for the Tenors at Centre 200 are available at the arena’s box office (564-2200) and tickets.capebreton.ca for $79, $89.50 and $105.

Halifax Metro Centre tickets are $61.50, $74, $98.50 and $114 at Ticket Atlantic box office (451-1221 or ticketatlantic.com) and Atlantic Superstore outlets.

Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.