Vote Out Poverty

Vote Out Poverty

September 27, 2007 07:30 ET

World's poorest film stars

seed hope and want action

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, MEDIA ADVISORY --(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2007) - They are arguably the poorest film stars you will ever meet - and today at 10:30am at the community vegetable garden at 50 Cornwall* Street (off of River, overlooking the DVP; *correction to September 26 advisory), they will gather to tend to the tomatoes and share their thoughts with the media about living in poverty.

Those gathering to ready for the harvest will include garden founder Mike Creek, Tammy Fournier and Mark Dukes, all of whom are featured in filmed vignettes that will be woven throughout the October 1 Vote Out Poverty evening at Massey Hall.

Creek, Fournier and Dukes are from Voices From the Street, a collective of individuals who have experienced homelessness and poverty and who are committed to educating and informing the public through their personal stories.

The vignettes were produced for Vote Out Poverty by Deveaux-Babin Productions, creators and producers of quality television and video programmes that are sold world-wide. The filmed vignettes, like the community garden, are a step in the journey towards rebuilt lives, a moment of empowerment in what can be a bewilderingly indifferent world for Ontario's poor.

In addition to the filmed vignettes, Vote Out Poverty features a keynote address by Stephen Lewis, is hosted by Mary Walsh, and includes performances by such Canadian treasures as Susan Aglukark, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, The Hidden Cameras, and The Nylons. Vote Out Poverty takes to Massey Hall on October 1 at 7:30 pm.

-the community garden at 50 Cornwall Street (off of River Street at the end of Cornwall overlooking the DVP), a stone's throw away from the Volvo and Mercedes Benz dealerships near Regent Park.

-10:30am, Thursday September 27, 2007

Ontarians living in poverty, featured in filmed vignettes to be shown at Vote Out Poverty, including:
-Mike Creek, a cancer survivor living in poverty; founder of the community garden who grows vegetables not only for himself but for those in his community too sick or old to do it themselves. Without this garden, fresh produce on a regular basis wouldn't be possible.
-Tammy Fournier, a trauma survivor who descends from the Commanda family of Nipissing First Nations and a member of Toronto's Aboriginal community. At 40, she feels stuck between the reserve and the city.
-Mark Dukes, a community advocate in Parkdale working to help the people of this neighbourhood with the economic and addiction issues that they face. He himself is trapped in a cycle of temp agencies and cheque cashing places.
-David Langille, Organizer of Vote Out Poverty and co-chair of the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice.

-A non partisan kick-off on September 27 to launch the Vote Out Poverty event on October 1 at Massey Hall.
-A chance for media to talk to Torontonians living in poverty who are able to articulate clearly the circumstances in which they live, how they got where they are, and their thoughts on the election and moving towards an Ontario where poverty is reduced.

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. In keeping with the spirit of the event, and on the honour system, tickets are priced according to one's hourly wage, so $8 for those making minimum wage, etc.

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.


Note to editors: b-roll (broadcast suitable excerpts from the soon to be finished vignettes on Beta SP), art available. Select artist and organizer interviews available separately.
/For further information: /or to arrange for an interview, please contact:

Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 699-1846
Cell: (416) 568-5974

Deborah Keegan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 691-5168
cell: (416) 525-5177


Contact Information

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