Saultites filled the auditorium at Korah Collegiate on Thursday evening for the fourth annual The Sky’s the Limit concert – a concert put on by Algoma Family Services that raises money in support of Children’s Mental Health Week.
Each year’s event features talented, young musicians from the area, and this year was no different. Six acts performed during the three-hour event, including headliners Tianna Legacy and L!ME.
“These kids are absolutely incredible, their performances blow me away every year and I’m always super happy to be here and I’m lucky enough to engage with them backstage and find out exactly what it is that brought them here to perform,” said AFS Chair Sonny Spina, who’s emceed this event for the past two years now.
This event originated four years ago, thanks to the first committee of AFS.
“It really caught fire and we just did it and here we are, the fourth year having it, and it’s just been such a success,” Sue Bryden – AFS Clinical Supervisor AFS and Co-Chair of Sky’s the Limit, told SaultOnline.
“You know there’s very few places where young people can really showcase their talents or go on stage for the first time and this event is open to everyone to come in.”
SaultOnline spoke to both Tianna Legacy and L!ME’s lead singer Madi Schomogyi, who both said they wanted to get involved because mental health is something close to their hearts.
“I think it’s important to show people who are struggling and who’re maybe not going to tell you that they’re struggling, just show them that you support them and you’re here for them,” Schomogyi said, “and it’s a good way to connect with people who might not come up to you and say ‘I’m struggling’ and they’re going to see you and know that you support this and you’re there for them.”
Legacy, who performed a mixture of covers and her own songs, performed for the third year in a row.
“The songs I perform give a message of support for people with mental health, and I really show that through being up on stage, showing that it is possible to overcome those fears and overcome what you’re feeling,” she said.
Spina said since he’s been involved, he’s seen a shift in the stigma surrounding mental health. He said he thinks events like this are helping to break that down.
“Anything we can do to bring awareness to mental health issues, especially in our town, is really important for us,” he said.
“We’re going to continue to do that, we’re going to continue to start conversations because really that’s the only way, by helping to break down those barriers to break the stigma and really help people get to talk about this.”
Bryden mirrored Spina’s sentiment, saying how crucial it is to talk about mental health – both struggles and successes.
“We really want to just make it part of the normal discourse of society, honouring that many many people struggle and that’s okay and hopefully they reach out.”