Putting the "Tea" in "Charity"
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Putting the “Tea” in “Charity”

Photo courtesy of Erin Lang.

Tea, cupcakes, crafts, and folk music are always a relaxing and satisfying combination on a weekend afternoon. But this Sunday at the Resistor Gallery on College Street, they’re also a way to bolster a good cause. The Hibiscus and Rosehips collective, spearheaded by local folk songstress Erin Lang, will be providing a feast for your tongue, ears, and eyes with a family-friendly tea party, bake sale, art show, and live music performance in support of the Hibiscus Fund for Hope, which helps cancer patients and their families.
Lang’s drive to support the Hibiscus Fund comes from a very personal place. In 2007, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. During her treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital, Lang became close with her nurse practitioner, Tracy Nagy, who told her about the fund and its work for lymphoma patients in need. The newfound friends, who share a love for music (Lang continued to play shows throughout her illness), soon found themselves trying to hash out their own particular way to give the fund a boost.
“People are maybe a little oversaturated by being approached by [charities] all the time,” Lang told Torontoist from her parents’ Mississauga home, where she was busy burning compilation CDs for the upcoming show. “So I wanted to do something where, you know okay, it’s a charity, but you’re also having a great time doing something and that also promotes all these great people in the community as well.”
Among those great people are Owl Eyes, Snowblink, Luxury Pond, The Youngest, and Montreal’s Jesse Smith, all of whom will be playing at Sunday’s show. The compilation CD, proceeds of which will go to the Hibiscus Fund, includes tracks from local artists including Forest City Lovers, Timber Timbre and Ohbijou, as well as luminaries and newcomers from farther-flung locales. Tealish is providing the steeped goodness, and a gaggle of local artists and artisans will be selling their suitably quirky wares. The event is family friendly, so the kids can come and enjoy the folky fun. But don’t worry—childless hipster-types are more than welcome too.