DAVE GUNNING Tours With “No More Pennies”

Updated: December 5, 2012

Dave Gunning’s Penny Drive raises $6,287.66 for the IWK Health Centre in Halifax

(Halifax, NS) – With the release of his tenth album "No More Pennies" in September, Dave Gunning embarked on a Penny Drive, collecting pennies at his Atlantic Canadian performances throughout the fall, raising $6,287.66 in support of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

Dave GunningTo support the effort, the Scotia Bank in New Glasgow offered to roll the pennies and match the funds up to $5,000.

"Thanks so much to Karen MacNeil and everyone at the Scotia Bank at the West Side Shopping Centre in New Glasgow,” said Gunning yesterday at the cheque presentation at the Scotia Bank in New Glasgow. “Their kind offer to roll up all the pennies and then match the donation was incredible. I would not have been able to do this without them. Thanks also to all of the supporters who stood up for this cause and brought pennies to my shows throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond.  What started out scary in the beginning with the Canadian Mint coming after me ended up as a positive story."

Gunning has seven more Maritime performance leading up to Christmas. They include:

December 7  Chester, NS - Chester Playhouse
December 8  Margaretsville, NS - Evergreen Theatre
December 14  Hunter River, PE – Harmony House Theatre
December 15  Truro, NS - Marigold Cultural Centre
December 17  Pictou, NS - Marigold Cultural Centre
December 21 & 22  Antigonish, NS - Dragonfly Cafe

For more information on Dave Gunning, visit: www.davegunning.com

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A Sweet Release...

In support of his new album, No More Pennies, Dave Gunning tours the Maritimes and continues 'Penny Drive' in support of the IWK Children’s Hospital

(Halifax, NS) – With the release of his tenth album "No More Pennies", Dave Gunning kicks off an extensive Canadian tour this month, including 14 dates in the Maritimes, Sept. 22-Dec. 21 and a 'Penny Drive' in support of the IWK Children’s Hospital.

Maritime performance dates include:

September 22 Antigonish, NS - The Havre Boucher Community Centre
September 23 Glace Bay, NS - The Savoy Theatre
September 26 Halifax, NS - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium "The Power of Songs, Rally For Ron"
September 28 Hunter River, PE - Harmony House Theatre
October 4 Pictou, NS - deCoste Entertainment Centre
October 5 Saint John, NB - Imperial Theatre
October 6 Lunenburg, NS - Lunenburg Cultural Centre
November 22 Moncton, NB - Capitol Theatre
November 23 Halifax, NS - Saint Matthews United Church
December 2 Bristol, NB - Carleton North Theatre
December 7 Chester, NS - Chester Playhouse
December 8 Margaretsville, NS - Evergreen Theatre
December 15 Truro, NS - Marigold Cultural Centre
December 21 Antigonish, NS - Dragonfly Cafe

Since the Royal Canadian Mint reversed their decision and is now allowing Gunning to use the image of the penny on his album package at no cost, Gunning has decided to continue his plans for a 'Penny Drive' and give all proceeds to the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax. At each Atlantic Canadian performance this Fall, Gunning will be accepting penny donations.

“Now with the recent happy ending to the penny copyright issue thanks to the Royal Canadian Mint, I’ve decided to continue the ‘Penny Drive’ as a fundraiser for the IWK. Many generous folks have offered their encouragement and support and I want to put it towards a great cause,” said Gunning. “The Scotia Bank in New Glasgow has generously offered to roll all of the pennies and ‘Match The Funds’ up to $5,000. This cause is worthy of every penny so bring your coins to my live shows or drop them off at the Scotiabank Westside Shopping Centre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.”

"No More Pennies", featuring 12 new songs, was produced by Jamie Robinson. It celebrates life's journey, the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows and the goodness in the hearts of people.  The album includes co-writes with George Canyon, David Francey, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Jamie Robinson, Jim Dorie and Scottish songstress, Karine Polwart. The album's signature track, "These Hands" was co-written with George Canyon and will be released as a new video.(original video above)

Gunning’s previous release ... a tribute to John Allan Cameron was honored with a 2012 Juno Award nomination and won two 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards and two ECMA Awards. He was the winner of the Indie International Song Contest (for his song, “Hard Workin’ Hands”, co-written with Ron Hynes) and was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest.

For more features on Dave Gunning check out DAVE GUNNING A Cents of Satisfaction, Dave Gunning & Allie Bennett Backstage at the 2011 ECMAs, Harmony House Songwriters Circle and Dave's Artist PLAY List.

For everything else including  a full list of Canadian tour dates, visit: www.davegunning.com

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