Great music replacing great food: performance by
acclaimed singer-songwriter Cliff Erickson taking the
place of pancake breakfast
SARNIA, 10 June 2020 – Sarnia is getting a chance next month to enjoy a performance
by one of its favourite entertainers. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Cliff Erickson has
agreed to bring his popular mix of ballads, soft rock and anthems to town in a one-night only benefit concert hosted by the Rotary Club of Sarnia. The performance will be online on Friday, July 10, 8-9 pm.
The idea came from the Club as it faced the prospect of cancelling the signature
Pancake Breakfast that kicks off the Mackinac sailboat race in early July. “We knew the breakfast couldn’t be held this year,” said organizer Jamie Pole. “But we still wanted to mark the event, and keep alive the tradition of bringing the community together to support important local services.”
The club reached out to the Port Huron artist to see if he’d be willing to share his talents. “I’m happy to help out,” Erickson said in a phone interview from his home in Port Huron. “Rotary is a group of people who donate their time to wonderful causes.”
As well as writing his own songs, Erickson is loved for his fabulous covers of songs by Elvis, the Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot and The Doors.
Asked how he’s managing during this time of social distancing, he admitted it was tough to have had to cancel performances across Florida and the American southeast. “But I haven’t stopped playing – I’ve got a nice studio and I’ve been using the time to practice my repertoire and acquire new techniques.” Playing has enabled Erickson to stay positive. “My message to others is to stay healthy, take care of yourselves, and help each other. The pendulum will swing back.”
That encouraging message will be part of the exclusive online live performance for the community in July. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Sarnia, the concert will benefit local causes, including Rotary’s $600,000 commitment toward the rebuilding of the
therapeutic pool at the Pathways Centre for Children. The price of a ticket is a donation to Rotary. Tickets for the event are available at www.rotarysarnia.com. As one of two big fundraisers for the year the Rotary Club of Sarnia is counting on community support to help others locally.