Vote out poverty / Make Poverty History
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Canadian Stars, Ontarians Gather to VOTE OUT POVERTY
TORONTO, September 28 — With a keynote address by Stephen Lewis, hosted by Mary Walsh, and featuring performances from such Canadian treasures as Susan Aglukark, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, The Hidden Cameras and The Nylons, Vote Out Poverty takes to Massey Hall TONIGHT at 7:30 pm.
Vote Out Poverty is a community gala, a coming together of people from all walks of life and political allegiances gathering for an evening of entertainment united by a desire to reduce poverty in Ontario, Canada and the world. The event coincides with the home stretch of the election in Ontario where one in seven people live in poverty.
Video vignettes in which Ontario’s poor talk about their experiences will be unveiled. The leaders of the major provincial political parties have been invited to speak.
Tonight, October 1, 7:30pm (run of show programme with scheduled times of who is on when below)
178 Victoria Street
Toronto, On. M5B 1T7
-Keynote: Stephen Lewis
-Host: Mary Walsh
-The Hidden Cameras
-Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson)
-assorted politicians from federal and provincial levels, including representatives from Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green parties
-Vote Out Poverty, an evening of music, humour and thoughtful discussion on poverty.
-Ticket price minimum of $8.00 with suggestion that patrons pay the equivalent to their hourly wage.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.roythomsonhall.com
Or by Phone to the Box Office at 416-872-4255
Nearly one in six children in Ontario is growing up in poverty. Over one million people in Ontario earn less than $10 an hour, working in jobs where they have trouble making ends meet. Vote Out Poverty is presented by The Ontario Coalition for Social Justice and Make Poverty History.
19:00 Doors open
19:30 Curtain – House lights down
Play 1st VOTE OUT POVERTY video – 3 minutes
19:33 to 19:40 David Langille and Dennis Howlett – welcoming remarks
David Langille and Dennis Howlett intro Mary Walsh
Mary Walsh gives opening remarks
Mary Walsh intros MPH video and Nylons
19:40 to 19:55 Play Make Poverty History video – 30 seconds
19:55 to 20:15 Play 2nd VOTE OUT POVERTY video plays – 3 minutes
Brief patter, then intros and welcomes participating provincial politicians
Provincial politicians interact with Mary Walsh
Mary Walsh introduces and interacts with federal politicians in the audience and they rise to acknowledge audience
20:15 to 20:35 Mary Intros Hidden Cameras; Hidden Cameras performance
20:35 to 20:40 Mary intros intermission and MMP video
Video concludes – House lights up and intermission
20:40 to 21:00 INTERMISSION
21:00– 21:05 House returns from intermission – house lights down
Play 3rd VOTE OUT POVERTY video – 3 minutes
Mary Walsh’s very brief welcome back – intro to Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
21:05 – 21:25 Blackie and the Rodeo Kings performance
21:25 to 21:30 Play 4th VOTE OUT POVERTY video – 3 minutes
Mary Walsh – banter and acknowledgements for evening
Mary Walsh intro to George Stromboulopolis
21:30 to 21:35 George Stromboulopolis intros Stephen Lewis
21:35 to 22:05 Stephen Lewis talk
22:05 to 22:10 Stephen Lewis concludes
Mary Walsh gives very brief acknowledgements and farewells
Mary Walsh intros Susan Aglukark and band
22:10 to FINISH Susan Aglukark and band performance
Play 5th VOTE OUT POVERTY video – 3 minutes
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