RE/MAX Rockin’ All Stars brings down the house to benefit Children’s Miracle Network
By Shara Rutberg / Photography by Melissa Dex Guzman
Who knew there were so many Canadian RE/MAX agents who can rock the house?
Bruce Dougall had an inkling, so the professional trumpet player and Associate Broker with RE/MAX Kelowna in Kelowna, British Columbia, formed a 10-piece rhythm-and-blues band called the RE/MAX Rockin’ All Stars.
“I felt like Robin Hood picking his merry men,” Dougall says. “Each member is a stellar musician and a stellar real estate agent.”
Reminiscent of bands like Chicago, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind & Fire, the RE/MAX Rockin’ All Stars packed Vancouver’s 308-seat Metro Theatre during their first gig in November 2012, which raised more than $3,000 for BC Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
The hospital continues to receive 100% of the band’s proceeds.
“We do a real high-energy show,” says guitarist Ari Lahdekorpi, a former session musician who has worked with blues legends like Pinetop Perkins and Bo Diddley. “With a four-piece horn section and a six-piece rhythm section, we really have a full sound.”