This is the Most Awesome Grassroots Fundraising Event in Vancouver in 2014 – #singitfwd


mostawesome2014 Sing It Forward (#SingItFwd) is a fundraising event masterminded by David Vertesi of Hey Ocean! and Ambrosia Humphrey, VP of Talent at Hootsuite, to benefit the St. James Music Academy For Kids, a non-profit music education program based out of St. James Church. The SJMA offers high quality music instruction to children living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside at no cost to students’ families. Started just three years ago, the event passed the $100,000 mark this year.

#SingItFwd was born from a shared desire to take action and build a stronger local environment of music by connecting with and mobilizing their community. The event has become known for it’s unique format, showcasing an acoustic side to acts renowned in the indie music scene. Although the event lineups have included artists from across Canada, especially awesome Vancouver-based past participants include Hannah Georgas, Shad, Dan Mangan, Said The Whale, Yukon Blonde, and C.R. Avery.

Beyond fundraising, the founders of #SingItFwd hope to provoke others to try and make a difference at a local grassroots level. “The whole idea is to rally people for a great cause that has a real and immediate impact on their community”, says Vertesi. “In the process, we hope to inspire them to continue to do the same in their own lives, however big or small that may be.” Here at Vancouver Is Awesome, we do our part by hosting videos created by local filmmakers in collaboration with the artists playing the show and the kids in the program.

All the videos can be seen at, and more info can be found at

David and Ambrosia. Photo: Christine McAvoy
David and Ambrosia. Photo: Christine McAvoy

This is one of our Editor’s Picks! Check out all of the winners of Most Awesome Awards from the Readers Choice below.

2014 Most Awesome Awards – Readers Choice

By Vancouver Is Awesome


Nominated by the readers of Click the links in each slide to learn more about the winners!

  • Most Awesome Building Manager

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    John Davis!

  • Most Awesome Teenager

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    Tomas Lang!

  • Most Awesome Amateur Sports League

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    Terminal City Roller Girls!

  • Most Awesome Sharing Advocate

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    Joni McKervey!

  • Most Awesome Good Will Ambassador

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    Bif Naked!

  • Most Awesome Graphic Design Advocates

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    Ross Milne and Grace Partridge!

  • Most Awesome Doctor

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    Doctor Julio Montaner!

  • Most Awesome Charitable Entrepreneur

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    Ken Lyotier of United We Can!

  • Most Awesome Sports Fans

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    Vancouver Whitecaps FC supporters!

  • Most Awesome Librarian

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    Sheila Mclean!

  • Most Awesome Free Thing

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    The Vancouver Public Library!

  • Most Awesome Walking Bridge

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    The one in East Van featured in The Raymur Mothers!

  • Most Awesome Place to Regain Faith in Humanity

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    Sol Convenience Store!

  • Most Awesome Public Park

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    Stanley Park!

  • Most Awesome Knitters

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    Knit Social!

  • Most Awesome TV Show

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    My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic!

  • Most Awesome Soup

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    Peaceful Noodle’s Spicy Tangy Dumpling Soup!

  • Most Awesome FREE Music Event Series

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  • Most Awesome Ocean Conservation Program

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    The Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise!

  • Most Awesome Local Food Advocate

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    Chad Brealey from Salt, Fresh & Field!

  • Most Awesome Animal Rights Organization

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    The BC SPCA’s Vancouver branch!

  • Most Awesome Kitchen Rescue Organization

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We’re excited that TELUS is helping us bring you the Most Awesome Awards. A longtime friend of V.I.A., TELUS is passionate about giving back to the community by recognizing, celebrating and supporting great community partners, friends and neighbours making a difference in the lives of others. Watch in the coming weeks as we roll out all of the Most Awesome Awards presented by TELUS.


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