(Event organizers Andrea Milne and David Milne during Cainerfest at Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, Ontario on Sunday, September 15, 2019. Photo above by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.)
The 5th annual CainerFest Music Festival in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association was held at Rockstar Music Hall on the weekend of September 13 to 15. The festival is held in memory of Jordan Caine who took his own life on August 13, 2014. The goal is to help raise awareness for mental health and to help his friends and family cope with his loss. Organizer Andrea Milne explained that music was a tool used for healing by Jordan. In that spirit the festival was created to also help his family and friends heal by bringing them and the community together with music.
The festival was started in 2015 as a one day, 6 hour event which raised $6000. CainerFest has grown into a 3 day festival raising a total of $40,000 in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Windsor – Essex County Branch and the CMHA Bereavement Program. The weekend featured three different themed days for the first time in its 5 year history with Metal Night, Rock/Alt Night and Sunday Family Day. The biggest act of the weekend was London’s Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold. The band has been been touring North America extensively in the lead up to their debut EP release, The Other Side of The Story. Band singer and guitarist Perry is involved in her own campaign in London, Defeat Depression, of which she is founder and Emcee. CainerFest seemed like a perfect fit for her. Other bands that performed were Laval, Jordan’s former band and many local bands such as Ignore the Evidence, Smoking Purple Monkeys, British Beat 66, Among the Rest, The Ride and many more.
This year’s event raised $8000 despite losing two major sponsors which previously accounted for $5000 alone. Co-organizer David Jr (Milne) stepped up this year after 3 years of lending a hand. This year he organized booking all 31 bands and guest speakers for each day. Saturday featured a talk by film maker Mathew Luppino and a showing of his short film about the effects of suicide. The movie was written, directed, produced and filmed by Luppino and is called H.O.P.E. (Hold. On. Pain. Ends.) and can be found on YouTube.
According to organizers the eventual goal is to grow the festival into an event big enough for Windsor’s Riverfront Festival Plaza and include the college and university crowds because their age group is one of the hardest hit by depression and suicide. If you would like to help support the CMHA you can find out more at their website at https://windsoressex.cmha.ca . There is also a Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk being held September 29 at the St. Clair College Sportplex. More information can be found on the Eyes On Windsor Event Calendar’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk listing.
Article by Dan Boshart
Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter or his 27th Floor Photography Facebook Page.