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Paige’s Passion continues to help cancer patients; fundraiser continues Sunday in Barrie

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

An ongoing fundraiser in memory of Paige Doucette, called Paige’s Passion Music Fest, will be held Sunday afternoon at Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill in downtown Barrie. SUBMITTED

An ongoing fundraiser in memory of Paige Doucette, called Paige’s Passion Music Fest, will be held Sunday afternoon at Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill in downtown Barrie. SUBMITTED

A local musician is holding a fundraiser for cancer care to remember her best friend.

The fifth Paige’s Passion Music Fest takes place this weekend.

Katherine Chabot hopes to raise $1,000 for the Paige Doucette Foundation and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

Over the past four events, held in Barrie and Guelph since 2013, she has raised $3,000, money that goes to help cover the basics, such as parking fees, which can really add up for cancer patients and their families.

It also contributed to a plaque in Doucette’s name at the hospital.

“Paige was a drummer and loved to sing in public, and growing up she always pushed me out of my comfort zone and was the first friend to encourage me to play on stage,” Chabot said. “Every year, we keep her memory alive by encouraging others in the community to get on stage as well.”

The fundraiser has become so popular among musicians who want to perform, it is no longer an open-mic night format.

Now, musicians who want to play, have to contact to Chabot in advance.

This year’s line-up includes Cardinal Street. The local band opened for Sloan at last year’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve celebration in Barrie.

Melissa Ellis and Danny Vo are also slated to perform at 1:30 p.m., followed by Full Throttle at 2:45 p.m.

There will also be another drum competition, because of the success of an impromptu one last year.

The winner is determined by audience applause.

Music Therapy Services of Simcoe County will be on site and Chabot said Vital Organs, Doucette’s brother Brad’s band may stop by.

Chabot and Doucette have been best friends since elementary school. Both are graduates of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School and then went to separate ways for post-secondary education.

Doucette went to McMaster University, but she had to withdraw early in her second year because of a rare form of cancer, fibrolamellar HCC, which took her life a few months later on Dec. 1, 2012.

She was 19 years old.

Doucette, who was a drummer, and Chabot played together although it was on an informal basis, playing covers in Doucette’s basement.

They also posted some YouTube videos together.

The first fundraiser was held a few months after Doucette’s death.

“Music is a really good way to deal with your emotions in a positive way, and by hosting an open mic to encourage people to go on stage,” Chabot said, “it was a positive way to remember her rather than spending all of our energy crying because she was such a positive person.”

Paige’s Passion Music Fest unfolds on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sticky Fingers Bar and Grill, located at 150 Dunlop St. W.

Tickets are $10 in advance, through www.eventbrite.ca or $15 at the door.