Rootstock is a play on words for the combination of wine (grapevines) and music (the ever-so famous Woodstock), this vision is inspired by the fact that roots provide the core lifeline, foundation and identity that defines and creates fine music and fine wine. Rootstock is a special one night only gathering at the Amphitheatre, which will feature four artists who have established themselves in the Canadian music world.
Some people are unaware that way in the back behind Jackson-Triggs, Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard, there is an open air Amphitheatre. It hosts some of Canada’s greatest talents, and is by far one of the most beautiful places to sip wine and listen to great music. This passed Summer I attended their fundraiser for WAR CHILD, where Chef David Penny and his team had food stations positioned throughout the incredibly spacious and breathy JT building, everywhere from their cellers to outside by the vines.
After everyone had their fill they moved down to the Amphitheatre where Seamus O’Regan hosted a special evening of music and storytelling – this year with an East Coast flare – featuring Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), John Mann (Spirit of the West), Kim Stockwood and Matthew Barber.
Also in attendance was Dr. Samantha Nutt, War Child’s Founder and Executive Director, who said, “Jackson Triggs has been a wonderful supporter of War Child over the years and we are thrilled to be their “Charity of Choice” for Rootstock 2011. Through their generosity, and through the generous support of all those who are donating their time and their talents to this event, War Child is able to make a significant difference in the lives of children and families whose lives have been devastated by war.”
Together with the incredible list of artists, a silent auction, and a $50,000 donation from JT, nearly $100,000 dollars was raised for War Child.