Everyone has been touched by cancer and Grace Grant of the Soul Sisters is no different.
“We have a good family friend who was diagnosed with cancer,” said Grant, who is performing with her sister Belle at the Relay for Life on Saturday.
“It was really hard because he had always been athletic, he did a bunch of Iron Man and triathlons and stuff,” Grant said. “When he was diagnosed he wasn’t able to do it anymore, so it was hard to watch him not be able to do what he loved, but he’s been doing really well and I think most of his cancer is gone.”
The pop duo are joining seven other local acts performing from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the running track at Pen High. The relay being put on by the Penticton unit of the Canadian Cancer Society is being held during the day for the first time and Grant said it’s a fun way to support the community.
“That’s one of the ways we like to contribute because people like to hear it and we like to do it and it’s fun for us to do.”
The sisters mostly perform as a duo, but the Soul Sisters are bringing along a full band with drums, bass and guitar. The band is comprised of students of their father Don Grant, who is a music teacher at Princess Margaret.
The performances start at 1 p.m. with main-stage producer Allan “Dr. Eclectic” Markin kicking things off.
“Local, talented performers are giving generously of their time and I encourage the public to come and enjoy the free show,” said Markin in a press release.
Performances by country artist Terri Bremner, Mat Duffus, blue grass band Crazy Hearts, folk/pop artist Maiya Robbie, blues band About Time and rockabilly surf rockers Surf Cats
For more information on how to register call the Penticton Cancer Unit office at 250-490-9681. Those who register can enter to win a houseboat excursion on Shuswap Lake.