COMMUNITY ROCKS at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Nov 15, 2014)

Party with a purpose!

And the purpose was to support a worthwhile cause — Community Rocks.

As per Community Living Toronto:

“Community Living Toronto changes the lives of people with an intellectual disability by giving them a voice and supporting their choices where they live, learn, work and play

Since 1948, we have been a source of support for thousands of individuals with an intellectual disability searching for accessible and meaningful ways to live in the community. Whether it’s living alone or with a roommate, working in a supported environment or participating in community activities, we are here to help individuals realize their full potential and dreams.”

Upon entering the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET), you couldn’t help but be moved by the great turnout. The theme was Canada, and it was on full display. As a patriotic Canadian, I couldn’t be prouder.

The QET was adorned with our Canadian flag as inspiration, as well as our Canadiana lifestyle. From campfires, canoes, table hockey to a big ol’ moose. Volunteers in Canadian themed shirts and Mountie garb.

The food was also inspirationally Canadian — blueberry pancakes + maple syrup, beans + wieners, PEI mussels, Calgary beef along with Canadian wine and beer.

The entertainment included The Good Acoustics who joyfully entertained the attendees not just on stage but throughout the entire venue.

The festivities were hosted CTV’s eTalk, Ben Mulroney.

The first act was Toronto based singer, songwriter, and spoken word poet, Aria Tesolin who empowered the crowd with two powerful poems.

Next were headliners, Canadian rock radio staples, Trooper.

SInce 1975, Trooper have experienced worldwide success with anthemic popular radio favourites such as “Raise a Little Hell”, “”We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long time)” and “Two For The Show.”

Like a greatest hits Trooper CD, the crowd enjoyed the above as well as equally popular songs including “3 Dressed Up As A 9” and “The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car.”

In closing (as per Community Living Toronto):

Community Living Toronto currently provides support to over 6,000 people and their families:

  • Over 800 live in our neighbourhoods
  • Over 1,000 work in local stores, businesses and community centres
  • Over 600 attend daycares and schools in their community
  • Thousands of others volunteer or participate in community activities that build their skills, confidence and independent living skills.

But,

  • Over 70% live in poverty
  • Over 2,000 are waiting for support
  • 80% are still seeking a job opportunity

So many people still need our help and we can’t do it alone.

If you want to donate, please visit here…

For more information, visit here… 

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A very special thank you to Karolina Kluska of Community Living Toronto and all the hard working volunteers who made the event a very special night.