Nov 28, 2018

Industry Builds Something Great in Bandjam

Article by the Edmonton Construction Association

This year’s inaugural BandJam played host to over 550 people and raised 50k for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. It’s a big win for EllisDon and BandJam Co-chairs Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson and Krista Ference. We see events like this come and go while failing to propagate the creator’s passion and commitment to the project. Maybe, it comes down to the experience of the BandJam team, or that this novel event was a draw even without a great cause attached, or, dare we say it, that our industry is more engaged than it has ever been.

For Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson, the event needed to accomplish two things:

-  Raise money for a cause that they are deeply involved with.
- Bring our industry together in a unique way that is really the opposite of the gala affair.

It’s unquestionable that Bandjam succeeded in raising a substantial amount of cash that will help bolster the work the Lois Hole Hospital for Women is doing. As for the second goal, we think the photos speak for themselves.

The Starlite Room saw some lesser known acts, but after this year’s showing, we’re sure to hear more from, ECDC, the Ellis Dominators, Kaydee Kay + Jeremy Gray, Street Meat, & Fred Woks the Dog – and don’t forget to pour one out for the Red Hot Holopenos who missed out due to a scheduling conflict.

Planning for BandJam 2 is underway and the team confirmed that you can expect next year’s event to be even bigger. We’re having trouble picturing a better night out, so we’re obviously excited to see the endless imagination of the Jeffrey Hansen-Carlsen and Krista Ferrence team willed into existence once again.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this amazing event. A massive thank you to EllisDon & Michael Kazda, the Women’s Society, Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson, Krista Ference, Jamie Klassen, & everyone on the planning team for making this possible. Your hard work and dedication didn’t go unnoticed and our industry is far better because of you. Jamie Klassen gave us some insight on how it all came together and what it meant to our industry.

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