Aimie Laws – Rock 4 MS comes back to Kelowna

Rock 4 MSSalmon Arm’s Aimie Laws has been on the road since May 25th on her “Rock 4 MS” tour aimed at raising funds and awareness about the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. With 9 shows in 11 days, Aimie is hitting the communities of Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Kamloops Vancouver and Salmon Arm, armed with educational materials provided by the MS Society, and set the bar high with a goal of raising a thousand dollars before the tour even started.

A portion of all Aimie’s ONLY HUMAN album sales, plus any merchandise and donations collected between the dates of May 25th – June 4th 2011 will be donated to the Mulitple Sclerosis Society.

Aimie isn’t alone on this endeavor, she is joined on some dates by some of the British Columbia’s top touring and performing artists, of multiple genre’s including, Versus The Nothing, Columbia, Grim Hymn and the Horrors, Furthermore, Immaculate, Ashley Dempster, Shannon Beth Ireland, and many more.

The MS Society of Canada is a leader in the fight to find the cure, and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. MS is something that hits close to home for Aimie so I had a quick chat with her about the Rock 4 MS tour.

Q: What inspired you to start up the Rock for MS Tour?

AL: My step father was diagnosed with MS 7 years ago and through music I have the fortune of being able to bring people together and spread a message.

Q: How has multiple sclerosis affected your life/why did you choose MS as your cause?

AL: Having someone in my family diagnosed with MS gave me a certain sense of hopelessness. All you can do is be there.

Q: As an artist you have a platform which gives you the opportunity to convey any subject to your audience – how important is it to you to raise awareness to your audiences about MS?

AL: Well British Columbia actually has the highest percentage of MS in Canada but as we’ve began this venture, starting back in January we realized that very little people even know what Multiple Sclerosis is. It’s a scary thought. To the point that there are procedures and research on ways of reversing certain symptoms and you can’t find it in Canada. Something I’ve experienced first-hand.

Q: You are currently in the works of writing a follow up album to Only Human, can you give us the inside scoop on what we can expect?

AL: I’ve really been experimenting lately. I like the sound that Im discovering. It’s something new. Its something different. And I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I am really sticking to my roots when writing but I will be touching on some subjects that are going to surprise people, especially if they know what I have written before.

Q: Is there anyone that you would like to thank for making the Rock for MS 2011 tour possible?

AL: Ben Stewart from Richard Rachael Promotions, the entire community of Salmon Arm. So many local business’ and supporters have helped with donations. K96.3 helped us out with all our promotion in Kelowna. Fellow acts, Columbia, Nicole Comis, and Vancouver hip hop artist Furthermore.

You can catch Aimie Laws at The House tomorrow night (June 3rd, 2011) at 8pm. Tickets are $10. For more information on how you can donate to the cause visit www.aimielaws.com.


Leave a Comment