(Posted 7:30 a.m., April 26)
poets' work included in Gloucester Spoken Art anthology
By Fred Sherwin
By poets Amber Gordon and Matt Francis hold up a copy of the Gloucester
Spoken Art Society's Instant Anthology which contains two of their poems.
More Canada held their second annual "Sounds for
the Silent" acoustic showcase Saturday night and
the message was loud and clear -- we all need to do more
to help protect those who cannot protect themselves.
special guest speaker Max Keepng summed it up best; "Each
and everyone one of us has the capacity to make someone
else's life better".
More Canada is a group of dedicated young people based
in Orléans. The organization was founded in 2010 by it's
18-year-old executive director Justin Blake who wanted
to raise awareness about human rights abuses in war-torn
their sold-out inaugural showcase in November 2010, they
held a movie showing at the Silver City cinema in April
featuring the documentary "Attack On Darfur".
They then took their awareness campaign to the public
with information booths at the Orléans Festival and the
Cumberland Farmer's Market while planning for the second
annual acoustic showcase.
year's event featured seven acts, each of which donated
their time to the cause. The evening kicked off with a
haunting monologe in two voices entitled "I Will
Be Silent No More". Tony and Shoes then took the
stage with their unique blend of acoustic blues and raggae.
other performers included the quartet Kactus, led by Do
More Canada's vice-president Michel Labbél; Gatineau songstress
Cassandra McKewen-Dinel; Ken Guerin and Chris Gagnon from
Orleans; Trevor Harps, also from Orléans; fellow east-ender
Lindsay Coghill; and magician Graham Costain.
sold out concert was held in the intimate confines of
the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. When
Blake needed a few extra dollars to book the theatre,
his grandmother and biggest supporter Jeannine Bissonette
saved the day. Blake repaid her with one of the best seats
in the house.
money raised by the showcase will enable Do More Canada
to continue their mission. Blake is hoping to spread their
message to the leaders of tomorrow who are currently in
high school, a move that is wholeheartedly supported by
More Canada is a fascinating group of young people who
see the world as it should be and not as it is and they're
willing to do something to make the world more as it should
be and not as it is," said Keeping.
getting their message out to young people, Do More Canada
plans to partner with CARE Canada and help raise money
for humanitarian programs.
find out more visit www.domorecanada.com.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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