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The Great Big Dig for the IWK

Saturday, November 10, 2018  | 
The Cunard Centre, Halifax

The Event

Welcome to The Kent Great Big Dig – The region’s most anticipated and exciting fundraising evening for the IWK Health Centre. The Kent Great Big Dig is an event that has raised over 3.1 million dollars in the past 16 years! This year’s event promises to carry on the tradition of success and generosity by raising over $250,000 during an unforgettable evening of food, entertainment, spectacular auction items and prizes. This year the funds from The Kent Great Big Dig will go towards purchasing a piece of much needed equipment for the IWK Health Centre.

The Purpose

Funds raised in 2018 will go towards the purchase of a new Heart Lung Bypass Machine. This specialized piece of equipment is vital to performing open heart surgery. During open heart surgery, the heart needs to stop beating so it can be repaired so patients are put on bypass using the Heart Lung Bypass Machine.This amazing machine acts as a patient’s heart and lungs during the surgery – filtering, heating or cooling, and oxygenating blood and pumping it back into the body. The Heart Lung Bypass Machine is essential to performing open heart surgeries and providing the best care possible right here in the Maritimes!



The Mellotones

Bringing tight harmonies, powerful horns and a funky rhythm section, the ‘Tones energetic stage show keeps the party going. Performing so regularly, the band has camaraderie and a tightness that crowds cannot deny. Audiences from across North America have witnessed this band’s extreme talent and they are never short of completely impressed. Any Halifax local will tell you, The Mellotones are the best dance band in town!


Songs & Sounds of the East Coast - Rosanna Burrill

Rosanna Burrill is a singer/violinist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is one fifth of the indie-rock band Hillsburn. Rosanna is emerging as one of the strongest musicians to front a band out of Halifax. Her band is taking stages by storm across Canada and most recently a tour in Europe. Rosanna holds an undergraduate degree in violin performance from Dalhousie University. 


Songs & Sounds of the East Coast - Jon Landry

Jon Landry is the lead singer of The Stanfields. His voice is a staple of the east coast music scene. You'd never call The Stanfields traditional, but being from Nova Scotia, they can't help soaking up those influences, especially the storytelling. "It's in my blood," confirms Landry. "Somebody told me that I sound like I write songs from 100 years ago, which is a fantastic compliment for my sake. Jon's band have won countless ECMA and Music Nova Scotia Awards and has toured several times across Canada and Europe. 

Great Big Dig - Reeny Smith

Songs & Sounds of the East Coast - Reeny Smith

Reeny Smith is a powerhouse on the stage and in the studio. As a 25-year-old singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, her age - and her modest disposition - may be deceiving. Whether she is playing with a full band, as a trio with her backup singers or solo on the keys, Reeny delivers magic every time, lighting up the room. Her extraordinary vocals, confident stage presence, and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertaining experience.

Evening Schedule

6:30pm Reception & Silent Auction Viewing
7:30pm Dinner & Entertainment
10:30pm After Party

The Westin Nova Scotian is pleased to offer Kent Great Big Dig attendees a special room rate of $135 based on availability. Call 1-877-993-7846 or 902-496-8585 or click here for more information and booking.

Formal Attire | Complimentary Parking

Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


John Flemming
Event Chair
Ocean Contractors

Jennifer Parkhill
Event Coordinator
Parkhill Events

Adam Newhouse

Allison Deveau
Toromont Cat

Brian Paquette
Bird Construction

Christina Bradshaw

Christine Murphy
73 Realty Group

Dan Rudisuela

Graham Langill

Jackie Casey
Parkhill Events

Jeremy Stewart
Marco Group

Liz Rigney

Sarah Alguire
Parkhill Events

Kathryn Levandier
IWK Foundation

Stephanie Sancton

Victoria Stanhope
Stanhope Simpson Insurance

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