It is time to say 'goodbye'...

After [not quite] three and a half years of running Basement Entertainment, I have decided to say 'goodbye' and move forward with the next chapter in my life.

It is hard to say this considering I have spent the better half of my teenage years invested in this project. However, I know that it is time to 'hang my hat' with this part of my life and move on to the next adventure.

The journey to Basement Entertainment all started in 2007, when I was [just] thirteen. I set out to promote a few local artists and bands as a hobby. But, little did I know it would take me even close to where it has!

Over the years I slowly developed more hobbies, from promotion to interviews, reviews, events and everything else that followed. And, before I knew it, I had the bones of Basement Entertainment.

February 1st 2011 marked the official launch of the Basement Entertainment website, as well as the 'opening' of the company. And, in the years to come I devoted every moment of free time to grow the company as much as I possibly could. Heck, I even finished grade twelve a semester early so I could do even more events!

Along the way I was interviewed by a young man at Conestoga College and I even won the 2012 Kitchener Youth Action Council (KYAC) Youth Entrepreneurship Award during a ceremony at the Kitchener, Ontario City Hall (where my name now sits on a plaque on the wall). And, in amongst those achievements, I was also offered an internship at a record label that I turned down so I could remain focused on the growth and development of Basement Entertainment.

From day one I set out in the hopes of improving the local music scene by providing positive exposure for artists and bands. As well, I stayed true to my morals and worked hard to ensure that every artist and band could receive fair compensation for their work. And, in the end, I think I achieved that during my run.

As I sit here and write this message I cannot even begin to grasp the unbelievable experiences and opportunities I have been a part of, as well as the phenomenal people I have met along the way. It leaves me speechless when I even try and look back at everything that has taken place during this journey. It quite honestly blows my mind...

Basement Entertainment began as nothing but a simple hobby and I am now leaving it with over two thousand fans on Facebook, over four hundred followers on Twitter and over forty thousand views on Youtube. Plus, hundreds of thousands of continuous visits on the official website.

At the end of it all, I cannot walk away from Basement Entertainment without saying one heck of a giant THANK YOU. The company would not have been ANYTHING without the [continuous] love and support from our incredible fans and my support system that helped me start it in the first place. THANK YOU to my unbelievable family and friends; my brother who got my official website off the ground and stayed with it along the way, my parents who risked their hearing as they sat through forty events and my best friend, Emily, who was there for the whole ride as well, plus the rest of my family and friends who have showed their support through buying tickets for events and being there through it all (you know who you are). And, last but not least, THANK YOU to the fans who kept this dream alive. When I look back I will [always] have nothing but unbelievable and unforgettable memories of where this company began and how it ended.

So, from the bottom of my heart, I truly say THANK YOU to each and every person out there who played a part in this company. I met some of the most unbelievably talented artists and bands this world has to offer and I will never forget a moment of this journey.

As I move forward with my next chapter in life, working as a certified personal training specialist, I will always be reminded of each and every one of you. And, I will always be thankful.

So, I will see you around folks, I mean who knows, I may have an itch to write a new article every so often...

In the meantime, do not forget and please remember, "Let's spread the music."...

Sincerely,
Amy Blackwell
(Founder/Operator)

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