ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Who out there remembers Friday Night Videos? The prime-time NBC show which debut in 1983 and just played the latest music videos, by stars such as Duran Duran, Madonna, ZZ Top, Prince and, of course, Michael Jackson, back to back.
Well, if that was your time, and even if it wasn’t, you will not want to miss Back to the 80s, a concert fundraiser for Antigonight which is taking place this Saturday (June 23) at Immaculata Hall on the campus of St. F.X.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the licensed event (cash bar) getting underway at 8 p.m.
Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival co-ordinator Emma MacDonald said she came up with the idea following a successful concert her aunt, Michelle Cameron, organized earlier this year, which featured the music of Tom Petty and raised money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“After seeing how fun and successful that event was, I approached her about doing another show with proceeds going towards Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival,” MacDonald said.
“With the proceeds, we believe we’ll be able to make Antigonight even bigger than it has been before. The more money we have, the more artists we can bring to Antigonight and so forth.”
MacDonald said Antigonight organizers have run some fundraisers in the past but. she believes. this one might be the largest in scale.
“It has been pretty exciting,” the Antigonish resident said, noting last year she was an assistant to the director of the festival and she has been a youth board member with Antigonish Culture Alive.
“This is my first year as the Antigonight co-ordinator and, just earlier in the year, we were trying to think of some ideas as to how could we bring some more money in and make it bigger. Their Tom Petty show happened (in February) and then a light bulb went on – there it was.”
Cameron said many of the musicians who performed during the Petty show Won’t Back Down, will be back, and she is very excited Andre Pettipas and the Giants will be playing with all the success they’ve enjoyed in the past year.
“They’re doing such great things now,” Cameron said of the Antigonish County band.
Other performers for Back to the 80s make up an impressive list, which includes; The Benoits, Tom Curry, scrapes, Jenn and the Bad Apples, Clifton Pettipas, Sparrow, John MacDonald, Born in the 80's and The Undecided.
“They’re only covering 1980s songs; it’s going to be jammed-packed,” Cameron said, adding Fred Alexander from One Stop Entertainment will be providing the perfect setting with his lights and sounds skills.
“And everyone is encouraged to dress up [in 1980s styles]; the performers as well as people coming to the show,” she added.
Tickets are available at MacKinnon’s Pharmasave and Hawthorne Convenience and, for those living out of town or just find it more convenient, there is also an e-transfer payment method to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets will also be available at the door.