Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:06

The Wiebes help Rock Solid Refuge with southwestern Sask/southeastern Alberta tour

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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For the third year in a row, The Wiebes are hitting the road for their annual cross-country tour — an opportunity for them to share their music with the nation and help raise money to support a worthy organization.


The Wiebes are Shane and Angela Wiebe, a married couple who have been making music together since the very first time they met on a choir tour of Germany. When Angela moved to Shane’s hometown of Abbotsford, she contacted him to accompany her violin with his piano, and musically, Shane said, they clicked.
“We’re officially called The Wiebes, but we like to joke that so is everyone else in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” noted Shane Wiebe, who placed in the Top 5 on Canadian Idol in 2004. “We have a tough time labelling ourselves, because we are just influenced by so much. Everything from pop to bluegrass.”
While the couple is focused on their faith, they are inspired by more than just spirituality. Wiebe noted since they spend a good part of the year on the road, they are always experiencing new people and places, and are never short on inspiration.
“It’s really important for us that people can come out to our shows and see a variety of stuff — more heartfelt music, and then some humour as well,” he explained. “We want them to journey with us, hear our stories and hear what our inspiration has been throughout our lives. I don’t think there is a single age group who don’t have fun at our shows.”
In addition to wanting the audience to have a good time, The Wiebes also want to help out wherever they can. This year, their cross-country tour will include four shows to benefit Rock Solid Refuge, a residential program for teen boys who struggle with life-controlling issues.
“We usually do a benefit show to help out, but this year we are doing a few more,” Wiebe said. “It does a lot of good, and when you can find mutually-beneficial partnerships like that, it’s important to hang onto them and make them a priority.”
Wiebe considers himself blessed to have spent his life with two caring parents and friends who never led him into getting mixed up with drugs. In Wiebe’s words, “we are all one bad decision away from a potential catastrophe,” and it’s important for him to help those who maybe didn't have the tools to make the right choice.
“They're really no different than the rest of us, they just didn’t do the right thing and now they are paying dearly for it,” Wiebe explained. “That’s why Rock Solid Refuge is so important. They are giving them the tools to put their lives back together and get back on track. It’s such a powerful thing, and such an effective program.”
Benefit concerts to support the program will take place in Brooks July 18, in Medicine Hat July 19, and in Shaunavon July 20. For more information, visit their website at thewiebesmusic.com.

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