Written by Paige Neddeau.
On October 19 the We Movement event We Day Toronto took place at the Air Canada Centre. The event brought together world-renowned speakers, A-list preformers and over 20,000 youth to celebrate and mark the start a year of social action.
The powerful event hosted by actress and UNAIDS ambassador Zendaya featured many well known speakers and performers such has Singer Jason Derulo, American Idol host Paula Abdul
and many Canadian change makers including Youtube entertainer Lilly Sigh, four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Penny Oleksiak, recording group Hedley, astronaut Chris Hadfield and lead singer of the Tragically Hip Gord Downie.
The co-founders of WE, Marc and Craig Kelburger spoke to the crowd to remind them of the importance of living WE. The event also featured a moving performance from Macklemore and Grod Downie. In a passionate performance Macklemore premiered his single “Drug Dealer” about his past addiction to prescription drugs. Later The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie preformed “The Stranger” the single to his new project “The Secret Path” in honour of the 50th anniversary of a young Ojibway boys death after his escape from a residential school. We Day also shared ways to create a change through we movement campaigns such as we scare hunger, we bake for change, and we schools.
Paige Neddeau is a SpiritLive Programmer appearing in our 2016 fall season.