By Lori Bosworth
Free The Children, in partnership with MTV and Much, and sponsored by RBC and TELUS will be hosting We Day Toronto on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre. Approximately 40,000 students will attend the We Day Toronto event as a result of local and global service they have provided. The event will be broadcast on MTV and Much on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. ET and will be streamed live at MTV We Day.
Darren Criss from Glee will host the Toronto We Day event. (Contest: Torontonicity is giving away two copies of Glee‘s Season 4 in Blu-ray. Like us on Facebook, RT this post on Twitter or post a comment at the bottom of this blog post to be entered. Contest closes September 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.)
Free The Children co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger will share the stage with guest performers and speakers who share the Kielburgers’ passion for change including Human Rights Advocate Martin Luther King III, who will be speaking at We Day events across North America. One of the most extraordinary inspirational speakers at We Day Toronto is Spencer West, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who in June 2012 climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair.
Other speakers and performers appearing at We Day in Toronto include:
- The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
- The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, first elected female Head of State in Africa
- Demi Lovato, Singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador
- Jonas Brothers, multi-platinum artists
- Austin Mahone, American pop singer and YouTube sensation
- Col. Chris Hadfield, retired Canadian astronaut and first Canadian to walk in space
- Serena Ryder, JUNO Award-winning artist
- Barenaked Ladies, JUNO Award-winning rock band
- Cast members from the TV series, Degrassi
- Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, CFL Hall of Famer, Vice Chair of the Toronto Argonauts
- Kenyan Boys Choir, Traditional African male choir, who sang at the 2009 inauguration of President Obama
- Youth speakers Hannah Alper, Vishal Vijay and Sydney Brouillard-Coyle
- Molly Burke, Visually impaired Me to We motivational speaker who speaks out against bullying and the power of hope
- Robin Wiszowaty, Me to We motivational speaker, author and Free The Children Program Director in Ghana and Kenya
- Chris Tse – Me to We inspirational speaker, national spoken word champion and humanitarian.
We Day is an event involving young people galvanizing local and global change. We Act, a year-long program, provides students and teachers with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials. Youth participating in the We Act program have raised $37 million dollars towards over 1,000 global and local causes since 2007.
We Day will stop in twelve cities across North America during 2013 and in the United Kingdom in Spring 2014.
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