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'Terry Fox ran a marathon, so we're doing a marathon of musical performances'

Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm EDT

Photo courtesy of @MarathonofShows

Organizers of the Wilmot Terry Fox Run are holding a ‘Marathon of Shows’ to help raise money for the annual run in September.

The day starts at 10 am today, with live acts performing at six different venues throughout downtown New Hamburg. These acts include Tim Louis, Todd Donald, Allister Bradley and more.

The final headlining act begins at 1 pm at Norm S. Hill Park, where Tragically Hip Tribute Band, ‘The Almost Hip,’ will perform.

“The symmetry is not lost on ‘The Hip’ coming with of course, Mr. Downie also having his own trials and tribulations with cancer, so it’s kind of a nice symmetry for the day for us,” explains co-organizer Cheryl Gordijk.

Admission is free-will donation, encouraging those attending to donate what they can.

To encourage people to explore New Hamburg during the performances, they have a passport system set up.

“We had some great support from businesses in the Township, and they donated prizes, so we have a gift basket prize for people who’ve attended. In order to help with that, we’ve come up with a passport. So people who come out to visit the shows will be given a passport, and when you go to each of the venues, we’ll be stamping those, and the idea is to help promote that you’ve gone to them. And then come to Norm Hill Park, drop off your passport that’s been stamped, in for the draw, and we’ll be drawing that after ‘The Almost Hip’ is finished performing.”

Video courtesy of @MarathonofShows