Vote Out Poverty

Vote Out Poverty

October 01, 2007 16:00 ET

Reminder: Canadian Stars, Ontarians Gather to


Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO,ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY --(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - With a keynote address by Stephen Lewis, hosted by Mary Walsh, and featuring performances from such Canadian treasures as Susan Aglukark, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, The Hidden Cameras and The Nylons, Vote Out Poverty takes to Massey Hall TONIGHT at 7:30 pm.

Vote Out Poverty is a community gala, a coming together of people from all walks of life and political allegiances gathering for an evening of entertainment united by a desire to reduce poverty in Ontario, Canada and the world. The event coincides with the home stretch of the election in Ontario where one in seven people live in poverty.

Video vignettes in which Ontario's poor talk about their experiences will be unveiled. The leaders of the major provincial political parties have been invited to speak.

Tonight, October 1, 7:30pm
(run of show programme with scheduled times of who is on when below)

Massey Hall,
178 Victoria Street
Toronto, On. M5B 1T7

-Keynote: Stephen Lewis
-Host: Mary Walsh
-Susan Aglukark
-The Nylons
-The Hidden Cameras
-Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson)
-George Stroumboulopoulos
-assorted politicians from federal and provincial levels, including representatives from Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green parties

-Vote Out Poverty, an evening of music, humour and thoughtful discussion on poverty.
-Ticket price minimum of $8.00 with suggestion that patrons pay the equivalent to their hourly wage.

Tickets can be purchased online at
Or by Phone to the Box Office at 416-872-4255

Nearly one in six children in Ontario is growing up in poverty. Over one million people in Ontario earn less than $10 an hour, working in jobs where they have trouble making ends meet. Vote Out Poverty is presented by The Ontario Coalition for Social Justice and Make Poverty History.


Doors open

Curtain - House lights down
Play 1st VOTE OUT POVERTY video - 3 minutes

19:33 to 19:40
David Langille and Dennis Howlett - welcoming remarks
David Langille and Dennis Howlett intro Mary Walsh
Mary Walsh gives opening remarks
Mary Walsh intros MPH video and Nylons

19:40 to 19:55
Play Make Poverty History video - 30 seconds
Nylons' performance

19:55 to 20:15
Play 2nd VOTE OUT POVERTY video plays - 3 minutes
Brief patter, then intros and welcomes participating provincial politicians
Provincial politicians interact with Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh introduces and interacts with federal politicians in the audience and they rise to acknowledge audience

20:15 to 20:35
Mary Intros Hidden Cameras; Hidden Cameras performance

20:35 to 20:40
Mary intros intermission and MMP video
Video concludes - House lights up and intermission

20:40 to 21:00

21:00- 21:05
House returns from intermission - house lights down

Play 3rd VOTE OUT POVERTY video - 3 minutes

Mary Walsh's very brief welcome back - intro to Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

21:05 - 21:25
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings performance

21:25 to 21:30
Play 4th VOTE OUT POVERTY video - 3 minutes
Mary Walsh - banter and acknowledgements for evening
Mary Walsh intro to George Stromboulopolis

21:30 to 21:35
George Stromboulopolis intros Stephen Lewis

21:35 to 22:05
Stephen Lewis talk

22:05 to 22:10
Stephen Lewis concludes
Mary Walsh intros Susan Aglukark and band

22:10 to FINISH
Susan Aglukark and band performance
Play 5th VOTE OUT POVERTY video - 3 minutes


Note to editors: art available, select artist, speaker and organizer interviews available.

/For further information: /or to arrange for an interview, please contact:

Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 699-1846
Cell: (416) 568-5974 (on site at Massey Hall)

Deborah Keegan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 691-5168
cell: (416) 525-5177 (on site at Massey Hall)


Contact Information

  • Susan McLennan, Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-568-5974
    Secondary Phone: 416-699-1846