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Benefit Concert for the city of Lac-Mégantic, Québec

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bilingual Benefit Concert
for the
City of Lac-Mégantic, Québec

An afternoon of friendship from one lake city to another

Guest artists:
Josée Allard, Gary Henry, Rich Sutphen, Josée Vachon

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Stafford Theatre, Clinton Community College

This concert is being underwritten by the Cultural Affairs Committee,
the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of Clinton Community College,
the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, Alpha Stereo,
Dame’s Discount Liquor and Wine and LPG Business Services.

On July 6, 2013, more than forty-two people were killed in the rail disaster that devastated the city of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, when a driverless train carrying petroleum products derailed. The fire and explosion of multiple tank cars destroyed more than 30 buildings in the town's center, roughly half of the downtown area. Initial newspaper reports described a 1 km blast radius.

Damages to the environment via contamination of the land and air as well as cleanup costs have been staggering. The waterfront at Veteran's Park and the town marina were contaminated by hydrocarbons, which were contained by a series of booms. Decontamination of the water expected to take until late August 2013 to complete. A severe blow was also dealt to the region’s tourist industry.

This report from the Huffington Post includes some 100 photographs of the incident.

Further reports can be found here:

Our entertainment for this bilingual concert features two Francophone performers, Josée Allard and Josée Vachon. Josée Allard (, who lives in Lyon Mountain, crosses the border regularly performing both in Québec and the US. Josée Vachon (, whose parents live in Lac-Mègantic, tours throughout the northeast. Josée last appeared in the area in 2009 during the Champlain Quadricentennial.

Our two local Anglophone artists are Gary Henry (, who often performs at local venues when not teaching at Clinton Community College and Rich Sutphen (, who has a significant local following, both as a solo act and as a member of the group Towne Meeting.

Special thanks to all who helped us with this event:

Alpha Stereo
332 Cornelia St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 561-2822

Dame’s Discount Liquor and Wine

457 Route 3 (Cornelia Street), Plattsburgh, NY


LPG Business Services

344 Trim Road, Morrisonville, NY 122962


La Petite Bibliothèque Verte
4, rue Lorne, suite 103, Huntingdon, QC, J0S 1H0


Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce

7061 State Route 9

Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 563-1000

Koffee Kat Expresso Bar

104 Margaret Street, Plattsburgh, New York 12901

(518) 566-8433

Nancy Blais at Malone NY Middle School and
Francine Jolicoeur at Clinton Community College

Persons wishing to make further donations should send checks made out to:

Cultural Affairs Committee, care of Ian Burcroff

Clinton Community College

136 Clinton Point Drive

Plattsburgh, NY 12901