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November 7 Benefit Concert & Art Auction

A boat at the foot of Notre Dame, live music, dancing, socializing, and bidding on local artists’ works with all proceeds going to charity…what better way to spend a rainy Sunday evening in Paris? Register in advance for a free signed copy of Heather’s Naughty Paris Guide.


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WHAT: A benefit concert with five bands and a silent auction by local artists to raise money for non-profit groups that donate solar lights to poor families in Africa. This supports not only sustainable development, but gives children a chance to study at night, and allows families a chance for light in areas without electricity. “In rural communities of Africa — where more than 95 percent of homes have no access to electricity — solar energy has the power to transform lives.” (CNN.com) 100% of all funds raised, after event costs, will go to charity. See below for the list of bands and auction artworks.

WHERE: On the covered and heated Six-Huit péniche, a boat moored at the foot of Notre-Dame on the Quai Montebello (Left Bank, metro St-Michel). Drinks and food will be available on the boat.

WHEN: Sunday, November 7, from 4pm-10pm+

HOW: You can simply pay €25 at the door, or donate at least US$20 (€15) in advance on the official Global Giving fundraising website or…

HEATHER’S NAUGHTY BONUS: Heather is donating free signed copies of Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City to the first 25 readers who pay €20 in advance via this PayPal link (the book will be at the door in your name). 100% of the proceeds will go to the same charity.


The pop-folk sounds of Enormous
A pop-folk band (left) that touches on covers, or funny, sad, natural, and touching life moments. They are dedicated to environmental movements, and have done other concerts in the Paris area.

The fun, interactive sounds of Hostal

Hostal is a group of friends from the “spanish-country” who just love to make music. A unique music experience, they lead you with a fun, interactive, sing-along theme you’re sure to remember.

Rock to the pop-soul sounds of ANEMA
ANEMA means “soul” in a southern Italian dialect. ANEMA has played on the Parisian scene, and have produced 2 albums, and they are now working on the third: “Tout c’qu’on veut”. The lyrics are in French in the style of pop rock, with a bit of jazzy, zouk, folk, and funk twists. “They play with the same voice, same feeling, same soul…ANEMA.” Check out their MySpace: www.myspace.com/anemamusic

Come check out Blue Chillen
The duo “Blue Chillen” consists of harmonica, vocals and guitar blues.

End the night with the rockin’ punk tunes of Yperite

This is one punk-rock band one is sure to remember. They formed in 2006 and have since played in many concerts around Paris, including other benefit concerts. Their music is influenced by the sounds of 70s and 80s punk music, all original music, all in French.


These are the items that have been donated for the silent art auction. Please bring CASH if you plan on bidding, all proceeds go to the same charity.

 Marcus McAllister has donated a painting, Firetime, an acrylic on canvas, 27x19cm (pictured, left).

Shauna Giesbrecht, a designer, jewler, and artist will be donating a wonderfully, hand made piece to the auction.

Nugent Koscielny An exceptional abstract painting by a painter of vidid, bright, unique pieces.

Oana. A painting created from emotions without thinking, using colors instead of words.

Armelle Estable, an expert in sculptures with an African theme, has donated two pieces from her Blue Collection. 

Spizz, an urban artist inspired by punk music (and, also the singer for one of our benefit bands, Ypérite!) is donating one of his urban art stencil pieces. To see an interview with him about his urban art, see Gadabout: www.gadaboutworld.com/spizz

Jade Maitre, a photographer with Getty Images, will be donating one image.

Urban Art by MaxShmax. Ever wanted your own urban art piece? Want that funky retro alternative decor in your own home? Here is your chance to get a couple different urban art pieces!

“Water Shadows” by Melanie Vaz. 50 x 70. A cool photo of ‘Paris Reflections. A unique, contrasted, perspective on Paris ice, with a wintery touch. You will love this print.

A wonderful original painting from Zhifang XU.

A photo print by Penny Reinecke.

Camilla Macfarlane will be donating a one hour violin lesson. She began playing violin at the age of 3, and has played with some of the most important violinists in the field. The person bidding on this needs to have their own violin!

Y-Lan, a photographer based in Paris is donating an image. Her work is influenced by the urban landscape.

Jiwon Lee, a fashion designer, will be donating a piece of jewelry and a hand-sewn bag.

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