We Want Peace Concert Celebrating Refugees
June 10th, 2017 - Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
We Want Peace and its partners are celebrating the extraordinary contributions, talents, resilience and hearts of refugees from across the world. An epic event spearheaded by former child soldier turned acclaimed recording artist, Emmanuel Jal. The night is bringing together a stunning line up of local and international guest artists including multi- Grammy and Juno award winner Nelly Furtado, the dynamic music of Faarrow, the inspirational sound of Love Peace Harmony Ensemble and beats of Vibe with the Tribe.
The evening will be epic, uplifting, inspirational and take time to truly honour and respect the struggle of refugees worldwide with the support of Love Peace and Harmony, whilst showcasing the magnificent strength and talent of refugees through performances by the Somali-Canadian sister act Faarrow and enigmatic South Sudanese and Toronto rapper Emmanuel Jal, accompanied by his good friend Nelly Furtado. Fusing together worlds as varied as hip-hop, jazz, R&B, afrobeats and spiritual sounds these artists are coming together on stage in the spirit of peace and unity much needed in a world today.
Tickets: $30 - $60. VIP Package available: $150 (including private reception with drinks and snacks, artist gift bag, and special meet & greet with Emmanuel Jal.)
The evening is presented by Rabba Fine Foods and supported by World Vision, CA. All ticket proceeds will be donated to our partner charities which provide support and education to those displaced by war, conflict and poverty: Gua Africa, Love Peace Harmony Foundation and Matthew House Refugees Centre. See below for more information on our sponsors and partners.
The Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, ON
3rd Floor Queen's Quay Terminal
June 10th, 2017
Community Event: 5-7pm
Rabba Fine Foods – Presenting Sponsor
For more than 50 years, the Rabba family has worked with its store managers and staff to provide Toronto-area communities with groceries and essentials in a convenient and friendly atmosphere. Founded by immigrants, the company believes in the power of community, solidarity among peoples and a diverse and caring society. Rabba is happy to join Emmanuel Jal and Want Peace to celebrate the many contributions of refugees and immigrants to the region – and beyond.
World Vision – Supporting Partner
World Vision values their partnership with Emmanuel Jal and is proud to join in this celebration of refugees, leading up to World Refugee Day. World Vision has been working with Canadians for 60 years, and we’ve seen that Canada’s love knows no bounds. From welcoming refugees to fighting injustice, Canadians have proven that love can do anything. And to celebrate Canada’s 150thbirthday, World Vision will be giving away 150 LOVE t-shirts to concert goers.
Gua Africa is the charity founded by Emmanuel Jal. Proceeds from the concert ticket sales will support the charity and we also aim to raise focus with the charity work Emmanuel has created to help other refugees from his home country.
Gua Africa promotes education in Africa through academic sponsorships to refugees who have survived war and genocide, construction of classrooms and the provision of resources such as books, pencils and teacher's salaries that ensure schools remain open during times of emergency. They have projects in both Kenya and South Sudan.
Matthew House is a nationally recognized leader in welcoming, assisting and resettling newly arrived refugee claimants who would otherwise be homeless. In addition to our main reception house, we have two transition homes where, particularly vulnerable residents, such as unaccompanied teens or single mothers, may stay and receive longer-term support. Our services include safe shelter, expert settlement and orientation support, assistance with their refugee claim process and finding and furnishing apartments.
The funds raised from the We Want Peace concert will go towards supporting our nutrition program. The program focuses on providing healthy and balanced meals for our residents. With the help of two nutritional counsellors, we are closely following the nutritional guidelines, while also working to lower our food expenses.
The foundation was created to bring love peace and harmony, health and happiness to communities, humanity and Mother Earth. The foundation works in partnership with local and global organizations and non-profits to bring service, resources, tools and assistance to communities around the world.
Local Love Peace Harmony groups worldwide participate in community humanitarian activities, including bringing Love, Peace and Harmony to schools, meditation centres, assisted living facilities, hospitals, homeless shelters, rural communities, disaster relief for displaced families and resources for refugees.
The foundation has partnered with WandAid in Nepal to support earthquake victims and the Tarayana Foundation to support children and their families living in poverty. A pilot outreach program was launched with the country of Bhutan for developing countries and remote locations. This program works with children and families in isolated villages to support access to education, healthcare and nutrition.
To create world love, peace and harmony, we hope to inspire 1.5 billion people to transform their consciousness and open their hearts by singing, chanting and spreading this powerful message.
We celebrate the power of the human spirit and its ability to transcend, transform and triumph to create happiness and health. Imagine a world where everyone holds the message of love, peace and harmony.