Country for a Cause


Alzheimer Society of Muskoka hosted an Online Music Night on World Alzheimer’s Day – September 21

Country for a Cause

Click the link below to watch the Country for a Cause concert


To mark World Alzheimer's Day on September 21, 2020, the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka is hosted an online concert presented by Country 102 FM and supported by Sawdust City Brewery and Quemby Electric. Country music star Deric Ruttan performed live from his home in Nashville. He was joined by Makayla Lynn, Isaac Boyes and Honeymead.

With all in-person programs and services temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, many people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are feeling very isolated at home. The goal of this 'Night Out' is to boost everyone's spirits and help raise some much-needed funds to support the charity.

All money raised stays in our community to support programs and services for families impacted by dementia in Muskoka and Parry Sound. To add to the excitement, Bracebridge Falls will be illuminated in blue on September 21st to raise awareness and challenge the stigma associated with dementia. Everyone is encouraged to get involved by wearing blue and to learn as much as they can about the disease.

“World Alzheimer’s Day is a great opportunity for us to recognize and support those in our families and communities who are affected by dementia. A lot of people still don’t really understand what dementia is or how it affects people.” says Karen Quemby, Executive Director, at the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka. “The way to understanding and acceptance is through knowledge and having open discussions, which is why we’re hosting this event.”

About Deric Ruttan

Canadian country music star, Juno-nominated singer, Grammy-nominated songwriter and record producer from Bracebridge, ON. A Nashville, TN resident, he has released four studio albums, written 6 #1 Country songs for artists like Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley, and has written or co-written more than 80 songs that have been recorded by other recording artists. Deric has received numerous nominations and wins from the Canadian Country Music Awards, the Country Music Association of Ontario, the Juno Awards and a much coveted “Country Song of the Year” Grammy nomination for writing the Blake Shelton hit ‘Mine Would Be You’.

About Makayla Lynn

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as a “new artist you need to know”, Canadian born Makayla Lynn is a fresh new face in Nashville making a name for herself on both sides of the border. Winner of the East Coast Music Award for Country Album of the Year after spending a little time at #1 on CMT’s 12 pack countdown, Makayla’s sound is often described as neither traditional nor mainstream, but instead a sweet spot right in the middle. Makayla took home the East Coast Music Award for Fan’s Choice Video of the Year in 2019 and was Music Nova Scotia’s Entertainer of the Year winner in 2018.

About Isaac Boyes

No stranger to the stage, Boyes is a local singer/songwriter who has been playing guitar since he was 13 and singing since he was 17. Since winning in his category during Gravenhurst Starquest, he has shared the stage with recording artist Jason McCoy and several others at the Opera House.

About Honeymead

This hometown Bracebridge band plays originals and covers in a rock/roots vein. Band members Meredith Warboys, Ian McKewen, Ryan Smith and Dave Hewitt share a long musical history. Whether you catch them at a local gig or lending their talents to raise funds for local charities, this band delivers a show that will leave you wanting more.