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Biz Dojo to hold Biz DoJAM fundraiser for Calgary Food Bank

When deciding on a way to celebrate a successful sixth season of the Biz Dojo podcast, the hosts knew they wanted to do it in a way that was meaningful and would give back to the community.

Helping the Calgary Food Bank was a natural choice.

“Ultimately, the goal is to just raise some money for the Calgary Food Bank. They’ve had a big surplus in demand the last few months, so we wanted to help them out,” said Seth Anderson, co-host of Biz Dojo.

Anderson, along with his co-hosts J.P. Gaston and Sean Mills will be recording the final episode of the season live at Tailgunner Brewery on June 8, interviewing Olympian Alysia Rissling, Local Laundry co-founder Connor Curran, and the Calgary Surge’s Elijah Lufilé.

The topics: giving back to the community, and what it takes to be elite in their chosen professions.

The live recording will be followed by performances by hip-hop artist Mark Logan followed by The Steadies—fronted by former Wide Mouth Mason founding member Earl Pereira.

Tickets for the event are $40, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going towards the Calgary Food Bank thanks to donated space from Tailgunner and the support of Logan and The Steadies.

“The other thing too, is the food bank will actually be on site for the evening. So if anyone wants to come and drop off a non-perishable food item, or food items, we’ve got a list of their the top items to donate.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-biz-dojam-podcast-concert-fundraiser-for-the-calgary-food-bank-tickets-624123880327.

Stepping up to support the community

Anderson said that this wasn’t the first time that his podcast has supported community initiatives, but this would be the biggest one yet.

Previously they’ve helped to support local youth sports in Redwood Meadows and did a pop-up podcast in support of Kids Cancer Care.

“This will be our first ever live big event that we’re running, but we have been involved in trying to help the community where we can,” he said.

Anderson said that a lot of the support that has come together for the evening has come from previous guests on the podcast.

The emcee for the evening, 98.5 Virgin Radio’s Danaye Maier, was one such guest, alongside Pereira who also was on the podcast.

“We’ve made a pretty big push to all of our former guests that are in the area, and we’ve had a variety of folks say that they are coming, and we’ve had a couple of people donate,” Anderson said.

“So we’ve actually seen a great reciprocation from the folks that have been on the show previously, in terms of supporting the event one way or another.”

If supporting a good cause and listening to good conversations and music wasn’t enough, Anderson also said that the evening would be a great way to come and network.

“I think we’re gonna have some really interesting people there. It’s kind of one of those things where you can come for a little bit… so if you just want to come for an hour after work, or when it comes to the music, it’s open that way,” he said.