Autism Awareness Month – Please help us by sharing the video

April 5, 2011

Autism Awareness

A Video for Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month which was kicked off with “Light it up Blue” ; a fantastic initiative to generate awareness in the many communities around the world. We participated by lighting up our house in blue. It was easy because we hadn’t taken down the Christmas lights yet and it was so convenient that they happened to be blue. Albeit, I am not sure how much interest or awareness we created because no one asked why on earth we had our Christmas lights on in April which would have given us an opportunity to answer.

Being the parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder “ASD” I believe that any chance we get to promote awareness is of great benefit not only to Autism but to other plights as well. It’s important to me that acceptance and inclusion of everyone makes our world an easier and better place to live. I have watched my son learn and grow in his school community and I see his peers supporting him in ways I never could have imagined. I have witnessed how important this is to the school community as a whole. It builds esteem for all because they are working together. Every child involved feels included and I am grateful for that.

So what to do now that “Light it Up Blue” has come and gone…

April 2, 2011 was World Autism Awareness Day but for me it doesn’t end there. This year I wanted to do more. I had started this year compiling some video of the kids and found some really beautiful moments. Not really knowing what I wanted to do with these and since “home movies” are only exciting for those involved I simply filed them.

Then inspiration hit again. Jodi and I recorded a song we ‘channeled’ called “Feel”. I prefer ‘channel’ to actually saying I wrote it. I’ll explain another day. As a result, it felt like the only right thing to do with this song was to put it to video and then ask for your help in spreading the message for the “Autism Awareness” campaign.

So won’t you please join us and help by sharing via a click of a button…

We would like to generate as much awareness as possible throughout the remainder of this month. You can access the video link above or right here “Feel”. We are very grateful that you would do this with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here are some quick stats on Autism via “Autism Speaks Canada”

Together with Autism Speaks, the founding organization in the United States, Autism Speaks Canada has grown into North America’s largest autism science, awareness and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The statistics are shocking:

  • 1 out of every 110 children will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Four times as many boys than girls will be diagnosed:1 in 70
  • Autism is more prevalent than pediatric cancer, AIDS and diabetes combined.
  • It can cost $80-$100K each year to treat someone with autism.
  • There is no medical detection for autism.
  • There is no known cure.
  • Autism doesn’t ‘go away’ .. it is a lifelong condition.

Join with us as we work to effect change for the Canadian autism community.

Autism Speaks .. its time to listen.



Has Your Greatest Fear Ever Come True

July 15, 2010

Question: What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

People judge us all the time, or so it seems, and the harshest judgements seemingly come from those who are closest to us in our friends and our family. While this may seem true, I believe that getting down to the core (stripping back the layers) of what is actually true that you will find it is really you judging yourself in that big mirror. That judgement comes from fear and fear is what holds us back.

Think about it for a second. Go back to a moment in your life when you were about to step out on a limb and you stopped dead in your tracks because the voice inside your head was saying “You can’t do that, everyone will think you’re crazy”.  You know that you should step out onto that limb because that is where the fruit is and when you look out onto that limb, there is a lot of room to move out there because everyone else is holding on to the trunk for safety.

Making a Decision

Holding on to that trunk for a long time can be extremely painful and eventually the arms and legs will fatigue and then finally stop serving you.  Somewhere along the way you will have to do something about it before it is too late. You have two choices:

  • Do nothing and continue holding on for dear life until you exit unfulfilled – OR – go out on that limb to where the fruit is.

Fact is we all have to make big decisions in life hopefully before it is too late. Making a decision liberates us; it frees us from the cage. There is this thing called the “Knowing-Doing” gap. This is where we know what to do and it comes from within and we just need to stop and listen. You see, it is our fear(s) that stops us from actually doing it. Fear of being judged, fear of rejection, fear of failure and so on. Let’s look at it more closely though and ask yourself, “Has your greatest fear ever come true”? I would guess that for most of us probably not even close.

Stepping out on that Limb in Awareness

My partner and best friend Jodi recently asked me this: “Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?”  I can say for certain that I was holding on to that trunk and I am so grateful that she asked me that question. As a result I began working on increasing my own awarness resulting in thinking a little deeper and listening more to those who have ventured out on to that limb and succeeded. They have confirmed that there is life out there on that limb and that you can begin to breathe again. You can see everything around you more clearly and it fills your heart with gratitude. They will also share that you needn’t worry about the others “holding on” back at the trunk either because you have just showed them a way and they now know it is possible. I say this because you cannot convince anyone of anything until their moment arrives and they are now aware that they need to do something different in order to get different results. Awareness is huge when we step out and awareness is so often small or lost when we get bogged down with the day to day activities of just trying to survive and “hold on”.  Awareness is also a choice and by choice we can do what we came here to do. Just know that it is never too late to come into awareness and make a decision.

I would like to leave you with a fitting song from Quiet Evolution called “Liars & Lovers”

Good luck on your journey and we would love it if you would share your successes.


Thank you!

April 17, 2010

Thank-you for your CD contribution! We have started receiving the CD’s and the money and I want to tell you it feels great every time I go to the mailbox. Over the last few days, I am reminded that a pair of hands with good in their heart took their gift and gave it. I wanted to share with you that I have been truly inspired by Lorelei Loveridge, who while living in the U.K. thought up this fabulous idea of how to help a man in Edmonton who needs us to step up for him and that’s what we are all doing.  I’m confident that everyone who has donated a CD has read at least something about Kent Pankow’s situation and I’m sure feels something about the injustice of it.   I hope that at the end of the day, in whatever way we help, it represents something that when given a voice grows ever bigger.  I know when I look at the world through the eyes of someone experiencing injustice I often feel paralyzed because it looks as though it goes so deep into the ways in which we treat each other on the planet. Although the systems may let us down, we care and this caring within the human spirit is alive and powerful and can move mountains.  I want to suggest that however simplistic a few words of encouragement may seem from one person, imagine the impact if all of us musicians and artists said a few words from our hearts and in turn are able to see the common good in each other and inspire those who are in positions of power to act.

So my thought is that every one of us start talking about what is going on via Facebook and start making a noise that will be heard and watch the goodness begin to make ripples that become waves.  Lets stand together! Please leave a comment and we will pass it on or here are a couple of  other links to have those conversations.

Facebook – 100 Canadian CD’s Needed Now! or  Facebook – Team Kent Pankow or  Performing Songwriters (United Worldwide)

Song written for Kent Pankow –  Broken System


Update #2 – 100 CD’s from 100 Canadian Artists

April 15, 2010

Wow!… things are rolling now. Thank you again to everyone who has contributed thus far. Since the last update on April 9, we had 28 Canadian Recording Artists and we’ve now doubled that in 6 days. So let’s go for it and double it again to reach the 100 target or greater.  Six days is all we need. What a great package this is going to make for some lucky person. Also, please don’t forget to send your $5.00 along with the CD.

I cannot say this enough, on behalf of  Team Kent Pankow, Lorelei Loveridge and Quiet Evolution thank you again for your valued contribution to the event 100 Canadian CD’s NEEDED NOW… as seen on Facebook.

Contributing as of April 15, 2010

1. Quiet Evolution (Edmonton) – http://quietevolution.com
2. Mike Rud (Vancouver) – http://mikerud.com
3. Anna Beaumont (Edmonton) – http://www.annabeaumont.com
4. Chris Wynters – http://chriswynters.com
5. Ian McArthur – http://reverbnation.com/ianmcarthur
6. Joanne Myrol – http://myrolmusic.com
7. Holly Wood Assassyn – http://hollywoodassassyn.net
8. Bill Bourne – http://billbourne.com
9. Greg Amundson – http://myspace.com/gregamundson
10. Sue Hodge – http://soundtouch.ca
11. Souljah Fyah – http://www.souljahfyah.com
12. Amber Boucher – http://www.urbandivide.org/
13. Jim Findlay – http://www.myspace.com/jimfindlay
14. Tim Lovett – http://www.thetimlovettband.com
15. Jay Knutson – http://canoesongs.com
16. Oona McOuat – http://www.oonamcouat.com
17. Ty Cantwell
18. Harpdog Brown – http://www.harpdogbrown.com/
19. Kyler Schogen – http://www.myspace.com/kylerschogen
20. Sherry-Lee Heschel-Wisor – http://www.myspace.com/happyfeaturingsherrylee
21. Bobby Cameron – http://www.bobbycameron.com
22. Monica Munro – http://www.monicamunro.com
23. Celtara – http://www.celtara.ca
24. Magnus William Burdeniuk – http://www.myspace.com/shadowblademusic
25. Lorraine Segato (of Parachute Club) – http://www3.sympatico.ca/getoffmydress
26. The CHICKAdivas – http://chickadivas.com
27. James Murdoch Band – http://www.jamesmurdochband.com
28. Ben Sures – http://www.bensures.com
29. Dana Wylie – http://www.danawylie.net
30. Pat Strain – pat_strain@hotmail.com
31. Lennie Howell – http://www.angelrecordscanada.com
32. Tim Harwill – http://www.angelrecordscanada.com
33. Domino – http://www.dominobandsite.com
34. Allison Brown – http://www.alisonbrown.ca
35. Mae Moore – http://www.maemoore.com
36. Lester Quitzau – http://www.lesterq.com
37. Tannis Slimmon – http://www.tannis.ca
38. Rob Heath – http://robheath.com
39. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – http://www.rodeokings.com
40. Tom Wilson – http://www.tomwilson.net
41. Lee Harvey Osmond – http://latentrecordings.com/leeharveyosmond
42. John Mann – http://johnmann.ca
43. Barney Bentall – http://barneybentall.ca
44. 54*40 – http://5440.com
45. Ridley Bent – http://www.ridleybent.ca
46. Wendy McNeill – http://www.wendymcneill.com
47. The Give ’em Hell Boys
48. Daniel Moir – http://www.myspace.com/danielmoir
49. Two Tall Women – http://www.myspace.com/twotallwomen
50. Ember Swift – http://emberswift.com
51. Jessica Owen – http://jessicaowen.com
52. Chris Cummings – http://chriscummings.ca
53. Carrie Hryniw – http://www.carriehryniw.com
54. Jessica Heine – http://jessicaheine.com
55. Eric Miller – http://eric@doghousewryly.com
56. Martin Kerr – http://www.Martinkerrmusic.com


Update – 100 CD’s from 100 Canadian Artists

April 9, 2010

A great big thank you goes out to the following Canadian Artists, your donation and your willingness to contribute is huge and we are so grateful. We ask for one more small thing and that is to keep spreading the word and take this to 100 CD’s.  On behalf of  Team Kent Pankow, Lorelei Loveridge and Quiet Evolution thank you again for your valued contribution to the event 100 Canadian CD’s NEEDED NOW… as seen on Facebook.

Contributing as of April 9, 2010:

  1. – Quiet Evolution (Edmonton) – http://quietevolution.com
  2. – Mike Rud (Vancouver) – http://mikerud.com
  3. – Anna Beaumont (Edmonton) – http://www.annabeaumont.com
  4. – Chris Wynters – http://chriswynters.com
  5. – Ian McArthur – http://reverbnation.com/ianmcarthur
  6. – Joanne Myrol – http://myrolmusic.com
  7. – Holly Wood Assassyn – http://hollywoodassassyn.net
  8. – Bill Bourne – http://billbourne.com
  9. – Greg Amundson – http://myspace.com/gregamundson
  10. – Sue Hodge – http://soundtouch.ca
  11. – Souljah Fyah – http://www.souljahfyah.com
  12. – Amber Boucher – http://www.urbandivide.org/
  13. – Jim Findlay – http://www.myspace.com/jimfindlay
  14. – Tim Lovett – http://www.thetimlovettband.com
  15. – Jay Knutson – http://canoesongs.com
  16. – Oona McOuat – http://www.oonamcouat.com
  17. – Ty Cantwell
  18. – Harpdog Brown – http://www.harpdogbrown.com/
  19. – Kyler Schogen – http://www.myspace.com/kylerschogen
  20. – Sherry-Lee Heschel-Wisor – http://www.myspace.com/happyfeaturingsherrylee
  21. – Bobby Cameron – http://www.bobbycameron.com
  22. – Monica Munro – http://www.monicamunro.com
  23. – Celtara – http://www.celtara.ca
  24. – Magnus William Burdeniuk – http://www.myspace.com/shadowblademusic
  25. – Lorraine Segato (of Parachute Club) – http://www3.sympatico.ca/getoffmydress
  26. – The CHICKAdivas – http://www.chickadivas.com
  27. – James Murdoch Band – http://www.jamesmurdochband.com
  28. – Ben Sures – http://www.bensures.com

100 CD’s from 100 Canadian Artist’s – Please Help!

April 3, 2010

This is easy and here is why!

My partner Jodi Seven and I have been following  the story of Kent Pankow and were extremely moved by this difficulty for Kent and his family.  We watched an online CTV report on Kent’s story (Man fighting brain tumor now in battle with Government) and became especially frustrated by a statement from health Minister Gene Zwozdesky as quoted “I’m very sympathetic to people who are in that situation and need help”.  Really, are we so helplessly bound by the systems that we created that common sense and compassion have no place to open doors.  I’m quite certain that if the minister of Health was experiencing Kent’s plight personally, something would have already been done.

Then we connected with a Facebook friend in Lorelei Loveridge, someone whom we’ve never met before and she asked us if we would join her in her quest to gather 100 CD’s from Canadian artists to match the 100 CD’s that she is collecting in the UK.  We want to help and hope we can count on you, the music community in Edmonton and Canada, in supporting us to organizing a concert fundraiser and to raffle off the 200 CD gift bag. Imagine all that music to add to your collection!

The Where and The How:

1. Donate a Canadian CD and $5 cash to this cause by sending it to Quiet Evolution at:

Quiet Evolution c/o Jodi and Bill
Site 204 Comp #9  RR #2
Onoway Alberta
TOE 1VO

For more information, contact Jodi or Bill of Quiet Evolution:
Email: quietevolution11@gmail.com

Phone: +780 700 2633

2. Tell others and be represented in a very personal but important cause and story. Your love will be appreciated and your music will be too.

‘Share’ this Facebook event and pass it on to others!!!  100 Canadian CD\’s NEEDED NOW!

Many thanks,

Bill and Jodi

Final Note: We want to leave you with a song  \”Broken System\” by Quiet Evolution

We want to share this with you in awareness not just to one person’s predicament but to anyone who has been frustrated by the bureaucratic systems. It can certainly drain the good will out of us but if I were to blame anyone… I would start with myself because that is the only truth in me that can make a change.
Thanks for listening and please feel free to share if you will.