Smiling Land Foundation

Smiling Land Foundation

September 07, 2010 13:00 ET

Great Big Sea Set to Rock the Boat at The Smiling Land Foundation's Third Annual Rockin' Big Give

Renowned Newfoundland Band Returns as Headline Performer for Annual Fundraiser in Toronto on December 4

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - After taking Toronto by storm at the Smiling Land Foundation's first ever Rockin' Big Give in 2008, Great Big Sea is back to headline this year's fundraiser in support of Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador. The Newfoundland band will join this year's Honourary Chair, former Chief of Defence Staff for Canadian Forces General Rick Hillier, at Toronto's legendary Masonic Temple for an unparalleled mainland party filled with East Coast flair.

"We can't wait to return to Toronto to show everyone what a REAL party looks like," said Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle. "We are proud to once again partner with the Smiling Land Foundation through its Rockin' Big Give and raise money for the new Ronald McDonald House back home. It will be a great party for a wonderful cause…and the music won't be so bad either."

For over 17 years, Great Big Sea has captivated audiences across Canada and around the world with their unique sound that truly encompasses the energetic spirit of Newfoundland. Sean McCann, Bob Hallett and Alan Doyle started the band in 1993 in an attempt to create a new approach to Newfoundland folk music, one that combined their original music with the traditional sounds and instruments they grew up with. In 2002 and 2003, Great Big Sea added drummer Kris MacFarlane and bass player Murray Foster. The band has just released their tenth studio album, 'Safe Upon the Shore'

"Great East Coast music is central to the success of the Rockin' Big Give and we are ecstatic to welcome Great Big Sea back as our headline performer," said Paul Sparkes, founding member and chairman of the board of the Smiling Land Foundation. "Their sound and spirit will definitely add something special to this year's event."

Rockin' Big Give Event Details:

Where: Music Hall at the Masonic Temple (Northwest Corner of Davenport and Yonge)

When: Saturday, December 4, 2010

VIP Pre-Reception at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 8 p.m.

Who: Great Big Sea with host General Rick Hillier

The Smiling Land Foundation is now on Facebook ( – join us for all of the latest details on the third annual Rockin' Big Give. Newfoundland and Labrador hospitality means no friend request will be denied! 

About The Smiling Land Foundation

The Smiling Land Foundation consists of five ordinary people with extraordinary plans and the hearts to match. They are proud Newfoundland and Labradoreans who have come together to spread that feeling of joy to the province they love and beyond. The Foundation strives to spread Canada's warm and welcoming East Coast culture and spirit through the Rockin' Big Give fundraiser in support of a different Newfoundland and Labrador charity each year. This one-of-a-kind Toronto kitchen party caters to an adult audience looking for a uniquely Canadian cultural celebration while contributing to a worthwhile cause.

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