NEWS RELEASE: Cue the third annual Vale Sudbury concert series

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Ontario Mining Association member Vale aims to launch its third annual Vale Concert Series on the right note this evening with East Coast blues singer and song writer Charlie A’Court as the featured performer. This is the first of five monthly concerts from May to September being held at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre near Ramsey Lake. The start time for all events is 7 p.m. and while admission is free, donations to the Sudbury Food Bank are welcomed.

Vale announced the 2014 musical series on a high note with a $50,000 donation to the Sudbury Food Bank. Over the past two summers, the Vale Concert Series has raised $32,000 for the local food bank and collected more than 2,200 pounds of food.

The series also promotes Canadian musical culture by bringing a diverse range of musical talent to perform live for audiences in Sudbury. “Vale is proud to host what is quickly becoming a great tradition in our community and we sincerely hope that members of the community come out again to enjoy these amazing concerts,” said Kelly Strong, Vice President of Vale’s Ontario & U.K. Operations.

“Since beginning the Vale Concert Series two years ago, we have been amazed at the generosity of the people in our community who come out to enjoy the concerts,” said Mr. Strong, “We thought it was appropriate to show Vale’s continued support through this $50,000 donation, which will help the Sudbury Food Bank operate and feed more than 17,000 people a month in Greater Sudbury.”

“The Sudbury Food bank sincerely thanks Vale for their substantial and generous donation and for continuing to involve us in their annual concern series, which is truly a win-win for our community,” said Greg Fontaine, President of the Sudbury Food Bank. “We encourage everyone to come out to experience incredible Canadian music on the shores of Ramsey Lake, all while helping to feed the hungry.”

Following tonight’s show, the Vale Concert Series playbill includes Christina Martin and Liam Titcomb on June 18, Dave Carroll on July 16, The Spinney Brothers on August 13 and Barney Bentall in the finale on September 17. These are all accomplished and renowned musicians. Many are Juno award winners who will be providing a broad range of musical entertainment spanning many different genres for Sudbury audiences.

Vale operates six nickel-copper mines in the Sudbury area — Totten, Creighton, Stobie, Garson, Coleman and Copper Cliff North – a smelter and a refinery. Vale Canada Limited, which directly employs about 4,000 people, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Brazilian mining company Vale. Vale’s nickel mining and metals division is headquartered in Toronto.

Mining companies are responsible, solution-providing partners in society. They do more than find, extract and process minerals essential to our modern lifestyle. They volunteer and add great value to the quality of life in their communities and beyond.

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