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First annual Country Music Benefit Concert features plenty of talent

Singer Elsie Morden is launching the Country Music Benefit Concert on May 13.
Singer Elsie Morden is launching the Country Music Benefit Concert on May 13.

WOLFVILLE NS – Elsie Morden knows that thousands of students across Canada are begging to stay home from school because of bullying.  

“I used to be one of them,” she says. That’s why the 22-year-old country singer gets students chanting the lyrics to her song about getting plowed in the face and losing a tooth.
That is also why Morden, aka Rachel Byrka, is hosting a benefit concert May 13 because all the proceeds will go to the No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society’s “No Time for That” tour.
Morden want to continue the free school visits that help empower Canadian youth. Because she’s unable to count how many times she ate her lunch in the bathroom stalls for safety, she wants to take a positive message on the road.
Morden says, “We have to stop bullying and end mental health stigma. Do something about it. Talk to someone and make positive choices.”
Performances by some of Atlantic Canada's award winning singer-songwriters are set for May 13 in support of the first annual Country Music Benefit Concert. They include: Ti King, Tyler Deveau, JD Clarke, Kevin Davison and Jason Price. There will also be acoustic performances by Annapolis Valley Regional School and Acadia University students.

During her senior year in high school in 2012, Morden created the ‘No Time for That’ presentation and she’s visited over 500 schools thus far.
"I've learned that it's okay not to be okay. Yes, I have some really bad days, but I also have really good days, and those good days are the days worth fighting for. Positivity is key and so is self-love."
She has picked up a number of awards for taking her message of empathy and empowerment on tour. Morden wants to continue sharing her belief that music can be an outlet for hard times.
Born in Manitoba, raised there and in British Columbia, Morden and her family recently moved to Port Williams. She says she fell in love with the Valley. On tour, she has backup from her musical dad, Ken Byrka.
The first annual Country Music Benefit Concert is set for the Wolfville Farmers Market at 7 p.m. The No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society is a registered Canadian charity.
Tickets are available at Muddy’s Convenience Store in Wolfville and Silver Horse Florist in Kentville. Tickets are also available online: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/no-time-for-that-anti-bullying-
Website: http://www.notimeforthattour.com/nova-scotia

 

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