For the 13th consecutive year, both LaFlavour and Jimmy & The Soulblazers will share the same stage on the evening of January 11, 2019 to benefit the Canton Ex-Newsboys Association, who provide clothing and shoes to underprivileged school children in the greater Stark County area. The program, which will consist of both concert material and dance favorites, is being sponsored by Papa Bear's Italian Restaurant and Pizza Oven. The benefit will be held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in the main auditorium. Doors will open at 6pm and music will begin at 7. The event will last until approx. midnight.

Jimmy & the Soul Blazers have been performing since the 60's with such artists as Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Ojays, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Three Dog Night, Uriah Heap, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Sly & the Family Stone, James Gang, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Four Tops, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and many more.

The band has had an album and two forty-fives released on Kapp Records, having signed a recording contract with MCA in the 70's. They have continued to tour and perform in concert and lounge format during the "eighties", especially the "Reunion Concerts". Still, in the "nineties" have maintained original personnel, repertoire and a high energy, professional show of the Motown sound, and more. Now in the new millennium they continue to entertain in venues large & small, along with the Soul Blazer horn section. Visit for more information.

LaFlavour first formed in the Massillon, Ohio area in 1967. In 1980 LaFlavour scored a Top 10 Billboard hit with "Mandolay" which eventually became a hit record for the group in 13 countries on 5 continents. For a complete bio, visit their HISTORY page at this website.

Pizza Oven was founded in 1956 by the late Joe DiPietro and is still family owned and operated by sons, Steven and David DiPietro. Parlayed from one small carry-out on West Tuscarawas to 8 Pizza Oven carry-out locations throughout the Stark County area. There is one Pizza Oven Quick Service Italian Restaurant and carry-out on Lincoln Way that offers casual dining, take-out and drive-thru services. The crown jewel of the family operation is Papa Bear's Italian Restaurant.

Papa Bear's Italian Restaurant is a 280-seat full-service dining establishment featuring Italian and American cuisine with an attached carry-out for pick-up orders. It is one of the few independent operations that exist in the Westfield Mall Shopping area (formerly the Belden Village area). Papa Bear's food is prepared with fresh ingredients and prepared to order. The menu is extremely diverse and can accommodate guests that practice the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Low Carb Diets and Vegetarianism. Special menu requests are gladly accommodated. Papa Bear's welcomes walk-in guests and also take reservations for large or small groups. Three private dining areas within the restaurant can accommodate large parties and special occasions. Visit for more information.


To donate directly to the Canton Ex-Newsboys Association, send a check or money order to:

Canton Ex-Newsboys Association P.O. Box 20124 Canton, OH 44701-0124