Tonight, Halifax’s music community is coming together to support Scott Jones. Gottingen Street for Scott Jones will take over the Marquee Ballroom, the Company House, the Bus Stop Theatre, Alteregos, Menz Bar and Plan B for a night of music and performance with artists including Rich Aucoin, Paper Lions, Erin Costelo, Rouge Fatale, Quake Matthews, Heather Green, Bill Wood and Billie Dre and the Poor Boys. The event begins at 5:20pm with a ceremony and sharing circle with Native elders at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre, with performances from local choirs and remarks from community leaders.
Scott Jones is a 27-year-old music teacher from New Glasgow who was stabbed over Thanksgiving weekend—supporters say his sexuality provoked the attack. His spine was severed and he is paralyzed. “Scott’s hope and message of positivity in the face of adversity is inspiring,” event organizer Georgia Richards said in a press release. “This event is an opportunity to support Scott financially as his whole life changes, and to celebrate his courageous spirit. It is also a chance to take a stand against intolerance. We won’t stop speaking up, protecting each other and making our community feel safe. Everyone deserves to be safe. And we need you to help us.”
Jones shared his appreciation in a statement. “To have these performers and businesses come together in my name is overwhelming,” he said. “This is going to be an amazing night and I am so thankful for their support and love.”