CCLA and Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties Present the 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration

Saturday, May 3, 2014

8 pm, Doors open at 7 pm

 Post-show reception to follow concert

Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor St W, Toronto


$25 CCLA Members & Early-birds

$30 at the Door

Online ticket sales end at 3 p.m. on May 3rd.





Jason Collett

Arraymusic Ensemble performing an original composition by Owen Pallett

Kobo Town

Axé Capoeira Toronto

Clay and Paper Theatre

Lido Pimienta

Damian Rogers

“TBA” University of Toronto A Cappella Choir 

Hosted by CBC’s Garvia Bailey

Post-show reception featuring:

Visual art by Franke JamesMendelson Joe and others


The Details

The Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties is hosting a concert May 3rd, to honour the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)’s 50th anniversary. It will be a night of music, dance, visual art, and spoken word performance in celebration of CCLA and the rights and freedoms it has worked so tirelessly to promote and defend.

“We’re very excited about this concert,” said Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel of CCLA. “You can’t separate the arts from civil liberties advocacy. Musicians, writers, artists have always been at the forefront of civil liberties campaigns across the world and in Canada – in fact CCLA has always had strong representatives of the arts on our Board – we are grateful to Nathan Lawr and the artists he has brought together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCLA.”

Hosted by CBC’s Garvia Bailey, the concert will feature performances by Jason Collett, Broken Social Scene collaborator and celebrated solo artist; Arraymusic, playing an original piece by Oscar-nominated musician Owen Pallett; the Juno-nominated Kobotown; and many more. The post-show reception will include a display of banned and censored books, as well as work by environmental activist and artist Franke James, and other dynamic visual artists.








Hosted by Garvia Bailey
Garvia Bailey has been a broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for ten years. She got her start in the world of independent film with the start up production company Channel Zero – telling stories of social unrest around the world. Garvia is currently the host of Canada Live and Radio 2 Top 20 on CBC Radio 2, Backstage Pass on CBC-TV and a contributor at  Prior to that she served as host and producer of Big City Small World, a program devoted to Toronto’s vast and diverse cultural scene.
Jason Collett
Toronto native Jason Collett has earned accolades for his solo albums and tenure with several different bands — most notably Broken Social Scene. Revered among his peers, Collett is an engaged social activist, father, and artist.

Arraymusic Ensemble

Arraymusic is passionate about contemporary art music – the creative music of its countrymen in particular. To this end, Arraymusic has fostered, performed, commissioned, toured, promoted, taught and recorded Canadian contemporary classical music (new music) within an international context for four decades. The ensemble is an extension of this philosophy.

Owen Pallett

One of Toronto’s brightest musical lights, Owen is a highly decorated and dynamic musician. In addition to his active involvement in the indie music scene, he has had commissions from, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver CBC Orchestra, the BarbicanBang on a Can, the Ecstatic Music Festival, and Fine Young Classicals Chamber Opera Series. He is a winner of the Polaris Music Prize, and an Academy Award-nominee for Best Original Score for his collaboration with Will Butler on the movie Her. He also collaborated with Arcade Fire on their Grammy-winning album, The Suburbs. Owen’s most recent solo album, In Conflict, has been met with wide acclaim.

Kobo Town

Kobo Town has emerged in recent years as one of the most original artistic voices of the Caribbean diaspora and one of the grooviest touring bands anywhere. Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, an engaging storyteller whose songs draw heavily from the lyrical inventiveness of early calypso, their music has been described as “a unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”

Axé Capoeira Toronto

Grupo Axé Capoeira began in Recife in 1982. Today, as Canada’s first academy of Capoeira, the Group continues to rise as one of the world’s leading Capoeira organizations. Backed by worldwide releases of eight albums of music on CD, several VHS and DVD performance releases and the four Volume Instructional DVD compilation, enrollment continues to steadily increase with over 8000 students from all over the world.

Clay and Paper Theatre

Out amongst the community bake-ovens and lush gardens of Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park, Clay & Paper Theatre has been changing the world. Completely. Irrevocably. Medieval mystery plays, Punch and Judy shows, African myths, Indonesian shadow puppetry, Native Canadian masks – all these and more have been influencing Clay & Paper Theatre since its birth in 1994. This is theatre on the ground, for the groundlings, in the park and on the street. This is theatre of exaggeration, of giant puppetry, of satire and wit gone awry. This is a little theatre company asking big questions with humour and irreverence. This is Clay & Paper Theatre.

Lido Pimienta

Known as the “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister”, Lido Pimienta jumps back and forth from electronic beats, analog synths and Afro-Colombian rhythms to out-of-this-world chanting. The release of her first album Color LP opened the gate for several collaborations with artists in Canada and around the world, making her one of the most prolific song-writers, lyricist and an improv virtuosos of her generation.

Damian Rogers
Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit and now lives in Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. Her first book, Paper Radio, was published by ECW Press in 2009. She is currently Poetry Editor at House of Anansi Press.

TBA University of Toronto A Cappella Choir

TBA is an award-winning a cappella group at the University of Toronto. Since 2003, TBA has been acclaimed for its fresh sound, tight harmonies, and innovative arrangements. TBA has won the Outstanding Arrangement, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Vocal Percussion, and Outstanding Soloist awards at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

Franke James

Franke James has been called, “a wicked thorn in Stephen Harper’s side” and a ‘troublesome artist.’ Why? All for asking tough questions about Canada’s dirty oil, leaky pipelines, and failing environmental record. Her story “What is Harper afraid of?” has motivated nearly 8,000 people to write to Ottawa to register their concerns.
Mendelson JoeBorn Birrell Josef Mendelson on July 30th, 1944 in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Joe is a great Canadian original who has established himself as a consummate multi-media artist. Joe has been called “the quintessential Canadian outsider artist,” and he is famous for portraits that make pointed social commentary, mocking his political foes and revering his friends.