The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been fighting for the protection of fundamental freedoms since 1964. CCLA is non-partisan, not-for-profit, and does not receive any government funding. Its Board of Directors includes artists like David Cronenberg, Deepa Metha, and Joseph Boyden.The protection of our rights and freedoms, requires an engaged and informed civil society.Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties is an initiative of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and musician Nathan Lawr to help raise public awareness about the philosophy, mandate and goals of CCLA. Many artists have used art as a platform for protesting the infringement of civil rights. With the introduction of this initiative, artists can continually show their support for the protection of rights and freedoms. Musicians, painters, dancers, filmmakers, and other artists are invited to sign on to this project by offering their names to a list supporting CCLA. It is not a petition and requires no further obligation beyond a name. Artists are able to choose their level of commitment, and those on the list may also be invited to take part in or lend their support to specific events or issues.Artists such as Bry Webb of Constantines, Sarah Harmer, Leslie Feist, Dave Bidini, Chris Brown of Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Jim Bryson, Casey Mecija of Ohbijou, Gavin Gardiner of The Wooden Sky, Basia Bulat, Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Feist, Glenn Milchem of Blue Rodeo, and John K. Samson of The Weakerthans have added their names to the list. Check out the full list of artists who have taken the pledge below!
“Fundamental freedoms are the beating heart of our vibrant society. They enable us to express ourselves freely, to contribute to important debates and to make an impact on the world around us.
As a Canadian Artist for Civil Liberties, I am committed to protecting civil liberties and upholding democratic values, and I endorse the philosophy, mandate and goals of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.”
CCLA and Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties have organized a special concert event to celebrate free expression and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association taking place this year. The event will take place on Saturday May 3, 2014 at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church and will feature musicians, a spoken word artist, dancers and visual artists who have all come together to celebrate freedom of expression in the arts.
Join us for our 1st Annual Toronto Police vs. Artists Hockey Game!
Saturday, October 19th 2013, 5-6:30pm
Mattamy Athletic Centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens), 50 Carlton Street, Toronto
On October 19, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties will present the first annual hockey game between the Toronto Police Service team and a squad of Canadian musicians, writers, filmmakers and actors. The evening will include a post-game panel to discuss art and free expression’s relationship with authority and censorship (details below!).
The 2010 G20 protests in Toronto highlighted the importance of freedom of expression and issues of effective and accountable law enforcement. CCLA recognizes that both fair policing and free expression are necessary in a healthy democratic society. Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness and to help cultivate a greater understanding and mutual respect between law enforcement and proponents of free expression in Canada, while fostering good will and celebrating both artists and police with a show of sportsmanship.
And introducing the line-up of the Canadian Artists team:
Coach Kevin Lacroix
Nathan Lawr (Minotaurs)
Dave Bidini (Rheostatics)
Scott Remila (Raising the Fawn)
Michael O’Connell (Culture Reject)
Aj Johnson (Minotaurs, Cuff the Duke)
Greg Thomas (actor, Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue)
Keith Hamilton (Beams)
Andrew Frade (filmmaker)
Gavin Bradley Gardiner (The Wooden Sky)
Naty Trembley (the People’s Project and SKETCH Working Arts)
and between the pipes
Matt Barber !!
Post-Game Panel Discussion
Freedom to Create: Art, Freedom of Expression and Power
Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 7-8:30 pm
The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto – Rm 301
After the game, players, spectators and the general public are invited to attend an interactive panel discussion at The 519 Church Street Community Centre featuring artist and environmental activist Franke James, Elyse Parker of the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, and Michael Wheeler, artistic director of Praxis Theatre and director of the award-winning play You Should Have Stayed Home: A G20 Romp. Join them as they delve into the often complex relationship between art, censorship, freedom of expression and authority.