Sunday, September 9, 2012


Community News

Every Time I Look At You, I Go Ride  

Music Therapy riders and 54-40 hit Harrison Saturday

Staff/Voice photos


Dave Genn (L) and Phil Comparelli perform for bikers at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel for the Music Therapy Ride Saturday afternoon.


hat do music and riding a motorcycle have to do with each other? Nothing really, but they’re both great therapy.


On Saturday hundreds of bikers rode out to the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel after assembling at Fraser Downs in Cloverdale for the 11th Annual Music Therapy Ride.


Upon arriving, riders had a barbecue lunch at resort’s Lakeside Café. There was a live and silent auction and prizes were handed out to the best looking bikes followed by an entertaining acoustic set from 54-40 front man Phil Comparelli and guitarist Dave Genn.


According to the ride literature, Sophie, Nick and Shannon Tweed-Simmons, along with Nick "Mosh" Marshall from the reality TV show Family Jewels were on hand. Gene was on tour elsewhere.


The ride was under a full Vancouver Police Department escort through the Fraser Valley to Abbotsford where they stopped for half an hour before carrying on to Harrison Hot Springs.


About Music Therapy Ride

Established by members of the Vancouver music industry with representatives from booking agencies, radio stations, record labels, talent managers, concert promoters and recording artists, the Music Therapy Ride is a charity ride designed to raise funds for the community-based music therapy services in British Columbia.


As a result of ten years of dedication, support and generosity, the Music Therapy Ride has raised over $500,000 for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.  Proceeds of this year’s ride will go to the launch of “Band Wagon 2” – a mobile recording studio that will tour various care facilities throughout the lower mainland.


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Thanks to Glen Slingerland 89.5 Hawk morning show host

for letting the Voice know about the ride.