DECEMBER 18, 2018

Bloom Wealth presents 2nd benefit concert at Halifax Central Library in support of Catapult Youth Programs – 



(Halifax, Nova Scotia) – Just announced today, singer/songwriter Bruce Guthro will headline as the special musical guest at Illumination 2019! Fresh from four sold out holiday Songwriters’ Circle performances at Casino Nova Scotia and a spectacular 2018 finale tour with his Scottish-Celtic band Runrig, Guthro joins Illumination’s already-exciting musical lineup: Illumination will also feature performances by local country music sweetheart Makayla Lynn, harmonizing power trio Port Cities, and Illumination alumn Rose Cousins, who commanded a beautiful performance at the inaugural event in 2017.

Assante Financial Management Ltd. – Bloom Wealth Investment Consulting is partnering with the Catapult Leadership Society to present “Illumination” - a musically-themed fundraising soirée on January 18th, 2019. Emcee’d by Nancy Regan and Danny Graham, this benefit concert will take place in Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. All proceeds from the concert will go directly toward supporting Catapult’s world-class leadership programs for youth across Nova Scotia. 

 “Catapult’s focus is on a group of teens who have strong potential yet do not have access to experiences and opportunities that develop personal growth, confidence and leadership opportunities.  Catapult Camp and its Extended Programs show these students that anything is possible and that their current circumstances do not define who they are.”  Nicholas Hounsell, Assante Financial Management Ltd. - Bloom Wealth Investment Consulting 

 “Our program is life changing. We select students with natural leadership skills but who are vulnerable because of limited opportunities. We are thrilled to have the support of strong community leaders like Bloom Wealth.” Lori Barker, Executive Director - Catapult Leadership Society

Last year alone, Catapult students volunteered 1,282 hours and raised $33,115 for 70 charities. 30% became involved with their student government, 98% have graduated from high school and 73% have gone on to post-secondary education.

“We hope that Illumination creates an influx of funding towards their programs and an increased awareness among the business community who will step up and play a role in developing, mentoring, and hiring socially minded and highly capable individuals like Catapulters who are ready to establish themselves in the labour market.” Anna Hounsell, Assante Financial Management Ltd. - Bloom Wealth Investment Consulting 

In addition to the concert, Illumination will also feature several alluring raffle items, including golf, dining, and entertainment experiences, as well as other exciting fundraising initiatives – get ready to open your hearts and support the youth in our community who need a much-needed boost. Light snacks will be on hand, and be sure to visit the bar for a specialty cocktail. 

Illimination will be a fabulous evening filled with music, laughter and passion for giving.  This fantastic line-up of musical talent is sure to put on an incredible showcase while raising vital awareness and funds for youth in our community.  A limited number of tickets are on sale now and are expected to go quickly!  

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Those who are unable to attend the Illumination fundraising event but still wish to donate to Catapult are encouraged to visit

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Lori Barker                                                                       Nicholas Hounsell 

Executive Director                                                         Assante Financial Management Ltd. 

Catapult Leadership Society                                     Bloom Wealth Investment Consulting

 902-830- 5704                                                                 902-422-5666

Bruce Guthro

Bruce Guthro is an artist who has captivated audiences around the world with his honest, straight-to-the-heart songwriting and live performances that are as engaging and personable as the man himself. Troubadour and storyteller, Bruce’s music gets to the heart of the matter and his success can be attributed to his ability to connect with his audience. 

Rose Cousins

Canadian Folk Music Awardfor Contemporary Singer of the Year, Juno Awardas best Solo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Her music has made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine.

Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy.

Port Cities

Five Nova Scotia Music Awards, a SOCAN #1 Award and stints at #1 on CBC and Spotify charts. Port Cities has amassed over 1.5 million streams internationally, showcased at The Great Escape, Focus Wales, and the Reeperbahn Festival, and will be releasing their debut in the U.K. and Germany this year.

Makayla Lynn

2018 ECMA Country Album of the Year & 2017 Music Nova Scotia Country Album of the Year Winner

Named “One to Watch” by Rolling Stone Magazine and recently landing in the coveted #1 spot on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdow