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Colonel By poets' work included in Gloucester Spoken Art anthology
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Colonel 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. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Do 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.

Perhaps 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".

Do 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 Darfur.

After 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.

This 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 Keeping.

"Do 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.

Besides getting their message out to young people, Do More Canada plans to partner with CARE Canada and help raise money for humanitarian programs.

To find out more visit www.domorecanada.com.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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