The Fifth Annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham  on SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2022, that featured musicians from across the Durham Region at The BILTMORE THEATRE  in Oshawa, was another huge success, thanks to Joe Solway form the Rotary Club of Bowmanville and the other 9 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region. Proceeds went to help feed their neighbours in the fifth annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham. As in past years, the event showcased an award-winning line-up of performers from a cross-section of genres – pop, country, R&B, gospel, folk, classical and more.

The event’s scope has grown over the years, becoming a Durham-wide Rotary event, with the Rotary clubs in Durham Region joining as co-presenters. Over $30,000 will go to Feed the Need in Durham – and the need has never been greater. The agency collects and distributes food and other essential items to more than 60 emergency food providers across Durham, including food banks, shelters, meal and snack programs and other social service agencies.  Please Read more....


The inaugural concert was presented in December 2018 by the Bowmanville Rotary Club and staged live, with two shows in the auditorium of the Bowmanville High School, for which the club received District 7070’s Tibor Gregor Community Service Award. That was followed in 2019 by a live event in the BHS aud., but last year, due to Covid, the concert was on line – as a telethon. This year, with the easing of restrictions, the show will be a hybrid -- in-person (with vaccination requirements), along with a virtual option.

The event’s scope has grown over the years, becoming a Durham-wide Rotary event, with the Rotary clubs in the Region so far joining as co-presenters. “It’s so gratifying to see the power of Rotary, and what we can do working together.” said the concert’s producer, Bowmanville Rotarian Joe Solway. 

Here's Joe to tell you in his own words:"

In September 2018, my first year as a Bowmanville Rotarian, I got the idea that our club could raise finds to help ease hunger in our community by holding a concert in support of the organization "Feed the Need in Durham". They distribute food to agencies like food banks and shelters. Our club threw its whole-hearted support behind the project, seeing it through with countless volunteer hours; musicians - who are among the most generous folks anywhere - came on board, donating their time and talent; members of other other Rotary Clubs in Durham bought tickets by the dozens, as did the public; and the first "Concert to Feed the Need on Durham" was staged in the auditorium of the Bowmanville High School.

On Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Biltmore Theatre in downtown Oshawa, Ontario Canada, award winning artists from right here in Durham Region entertained concert goers to over two hours of fantastic music, with all of the proceeds going to Feed The Need in Durham .

Over $27,000 was raised to assist Feed The Need in their collection and distribution of food to over 65 emergency food providers across Durham Region including food banks, shelters, meal and snack programs and other service agencies. Feed The Need provides over 1.5 million meals to Durham residents annually.

Thank you to Bowmanville Rotary member Joe Solway for creating and producing this 5th annual event, that was co-hosted by 9 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region: The Rotary Clubs of Bowmanville, Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood, Whitby, Whitby Sunrise, Ajax, Pickering, Uxbridge and G.O.A.L.S.

Mayors Dan Carter (Oshawa), Liz Roy (Whitby), Dave Barton (Uxbridge) and Adrian Foster (Clarington) along with many councilors were on hand to lend their support.

Ben Erle, Executive Director of Feed the Need Durham was on hand to tell everyone about Feed The Need and thanked everyone, including the many generous sponsors, for their tremendous support.

KX96FM's Jerry Archer and CKDO's Chris Koppin emceed the show that featured the Doozies, Tania Joy, Hunter and Ken Sheridan, Alicia Robicheau, Cale Crowe, Dipo D Voice, New Koon Junction, and Kalista Wilson.

Thank you to Oshawa Rotarian Randy Nickerson for some absolutely, fantastic photos . Here is the link: