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Calgary musicians summon inner Winehouse to benefit Women’s Centre

The Torch fundraiser has artists cover Amy Winehouse for a good cause

Amy Winehouse was known for neo-soul songs like Rehab and Love is a Losing Game.

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Amy Winehouse was known for neo-soul songs like Rehab and Love is a Losing Game.

A few local musicians are using Amy Winehouse’s tragic journey as inspiration to help the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

The fundraiser, Torch Night, is organized by Torchettes band member Deicha Carter to raise funds for the WCC, by having female-led bands perform original songs in addition to putting their own personal spin on Amy Winehouse’s greatest hits.

“I think her art inspires,” said Carter. “Her story is quite sad and, for me personally, I look at her story as a tragic lesson.”

The bands selected for the fundraiser, which takes place Nov. 30, range from smoky jazz and hip-hop to more dark, witchy flavours.

Winehouse’s tragic tale, which ended with alcohol poisoning in 2011, is a reminder that there are institutions like the WCC that are available to help.

The WCC offers peer support, legal advice, basic needs assistance and more.

“As a single mother myself, who has reached out and used different community support groups or institutions in the last 13 years, I’m their number one fan,” said Carter. “What I really appreciate about the women’s centre is they don’t make you jump through hoops. You go to them and say I need help, for whatever reason, they’ll just support you.”

The show takes place at Dickens Pub, starting at 8 p.m.

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