Chilliwack cancer benefit now a two-night party

The Smiley Band will be playing night two of the Rock Out Cancer Benefit Dance Party in Chilliwack on April 12. - Submitted
The Smiley Band will be playing night two of the Rock Out Cancer Benefit Dance Party in Chilliwack on April 12.
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It’s that time of year again as the fourth annual Rock Out Cancer Benefit Dance Party is set to go.

This event has gotten so big that it is now divided over two nights at the Echo Room in downtown Chilliwack.

Friday, April 11, is Club Night, hosted by Jack FM’s Kenny Jones and featuring recording artists Swaggerjack, Chilliwack’s own Pardon My Striptease, and  international sensations Destineak.

Swaggerjack is made up of four hard-working Vancouver guys with a real talent and passion for rock ‘n’roll.  They play with all the skill, power and swagger needed to get the good times rolling.  They were featured on Hockey Night in Canada on Nov. 9 and their song “Get Up” was a finalist in the HNIC Song Quest.

Pardon My Striptease, led by Andrew Christopher, is the local rock band particularly known for “Pray (for LJ)” which raised in excess of $120,000 for Children’s Hospital. This is a one-time reunion not to be missed.

Destineak can be summed up in one word: energy. This duo packs a punch of unadulterated live sound and visual stimulation that rocks any crowd. The sounds are pop, electro and progressive house featuring virtuostic live vocals and drums. Their latest single “Silenced” was recently released to radio stations nationwide.

Saturday, April 12, is Classic Rock Night, hosted by 89.5 The Drive’s Sadie and featuring Radio One, Rock Therapy, and the Smiley Band Family.

Radio One is a Vancouver band made up largely with members of The Odds.

Rock Therapy is the “house band” comprised of members of Team Rock the $#@! Out of Cancer. They have performed at the Ride to Conquer Cancer as well as at many venues around the Lower Mainland in support of Cancer Research. They also have an original song “The Journey [miles to go]” that was written about the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The Smiley Band’s talents have been appreciated by diverse and knowledgeable audiences across North America. Their full range of musical styles, memorable performances and show-stealing harmonies make the Smiley Band one of the most popular and sought after show bands in the Pacific Northwest.

The Rock Out Cancer Benefit Dance Party is a fundraiser presented by Team Rock the $#@! Out of Cancer to raise money for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.  This is the team’s fifth year participating in the ride, which takes bicyclists from Cloverdale to Seattle over two days. To date, this team has raised $200,000 for cancer research. The team consists of 12 members and their goal for 2014 is to raise $50,000. This event is the team’s largest fundraising effort and is expected to exceed the $15,000 that was raised in 2013.

• Tickets per night are $30 each. This is a 19-plus event and identification is required at the door. Available at The Echo Room Night Club (9282 Main St.), online at www.rockoutcancer.com, or by calling 604-768-5697

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