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World AIDS Day Event: Canadian Artists Support Grassroots Arts Initiatives in Africa

November 25, 2011

Stephen Lewis Foundation,

For Immediate Release
November 24, 2011

CELEBRATED CANADIAN PERFORMERS MOLLY JOHNSON AND D’BI YOUNG SHARE THE STAGE WITH STEPHEN LEWIS, ZAMBIAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVES, SHOWCASING HOW ART BRINGS HEALING AND HOPE TO COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY HIV AND AIDS IN AFRICA

WHAT: To mark World AIDS Day, the Canadian artistic community will participate in an intimate evening of art, performance and discussion. The evening shines a celebratory spotlight on how African grassroots organizations use the arts to bring healing and hope to communities responding to the AIDS pandemic. At the culmination of this stellar evening, the Stephen Lewis Foundation will launch its new Arts Fund.

WHERE: The Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Doors open at 5:30 PM, Programme begins 6 PM sharp

WHO: Participating Canadian Artists and Supporters:

  • Molly Johnson, Singer/Songwriter, SLF Arts Fund Advisor
  • d’bi young, Dub Poet/Actor/Playwright, SLF Arts Fund Advisor
  • Kwasi Dunyo, Master Ghanaian Drummer, U of T Faculty of Music
  • Susan Cole, NOW Magazine Sr. Entertainment Editor, SLF Arts Fund Advisor
  • Stephen Lewis, Co-Founder & Chair, Stephen Lewis Foundation

Participating African Representatives:

  • Getrude Kamanga Sakala, Young Happy Healthy Safe, Zambia
  • Daphine Mugala,  Young Happy Healthy Safe, Zambia
  • Sunelle Fouche, Music Therapy Community Clinic, South Africa
  • Mzwanele ‘Zwai’ Mvimbi, Music Therapy Community Clinic, South Africa

A wide selection of artists from the Toronto arts community will be attending this spectacular evening.

WHY: Community-based organizations are at the heart of the response to the AIDS pandemic in Africa. Many of these organizations are using the arts – including innovative techniques like music therapy, storytelling, and memory books – to help millions of children orphaned by AIDS and their communities to heal from loss and move forward.

HOSTED BY: Hart House, the University of Toronto’s Global Health Division - Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS:

  • Interviews available upon request
  • Bios, project descriptions and photos available upon request
  • Audio feed available for media at the November 30th event

MEDIA CONTACT: Caryl Canzius, Stephen Lewis Foundation, 416-533-9292 ext.222 ccanzius@stephenlewisfoundation.org


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Since 2003, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has supported more than 700 initatives with over 300 community-based organizations working to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS in 15 African countries. For more information, please visit www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.



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