On September 26, 2010, from 1-5pm, ViRTUS is sponsoring the first annual Gimme Shelter event at the Roundhouse Theatre in Yaletown. Here’s a quick video on the event (with a little humour added!):
And here are the details:
Everyday we make choices that affect our health, environment and the animals we raise for food, SUSTAINABILTY, COMPASSION, FACTORY FARMING, FREE RANGE, ORGANIC, are just some of the topics that will be discussed. Learn how you too can make a difference for a healthier lifestyle and make better more informed choices about what you’re eating and how you view your food.
1:00 Doors open listen to Evan Kennedy playing acoustic live. Evan categorizes his music primarily as roots/acoustic folk, though reggae and other genres can be found in the mix. Influences on Evan’s songwriting include Tom Petty, Neil Young and the vocal stylings of Ben Harper. Reflecting the positive, life-affirming tone of Evan Kennedy’s music, his lyrics are not mere platitudes—they’re about finding joy and optimism in day-to-day life. Inspired by his life experiences, love, friendships and travel, Evan’s songwriting draws from a rich family history of roots, acoustic folk, rhythm and rock music.
1:20 PM Welcome and Introduction
1:30 Eleanor Boyle, Author of Sustainable Food, Attainable Health. Eleanor gives presentations on topics of food sustainability, personal and social change. She has facilitated discussions on these topics with student, business, and community groups. Eleanor’s presentations are inclusive, compassionate, and optimistic. She creates opportunities for people to share ideas and strategies for sustainable living and eating.
1:50 PM Q&A
2:00 PM Introduction & Video Graham Hill: Why I’m a weekday vegetarian We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals, but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion.
2:20 PM Rex Wyler. “Rex Weyler was a director of the original Greenpeace Foundation, the editor of the organisation’s first newsletter, and a cofounder of Greenpeace International in 1979. He was a photographer and reporter on the early Greenpeace whale and seal campaigns, and has written one of the best and most comprehensive histories of the organisation.”
2:40 PM Q&A
3:00 PM Intermission~ Tea, Coffee, Juice & Vegan Baked Goods Listen to Music By Evan Kennedy Acoustic Live
3:30 PM Introduction & Video Mark Bittman on, What’s wrong with what we eat. In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.
3:50 PM Welcome Gene Baur
4:00 PM Keynote Speaker – Gene Baur Farm Sanctuary. Gene grew up in Hollywood, California and worked in commercials for McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants. He adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1985, and today, he campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He lives in rural New York state and is the co founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, which runs the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America.
4:40 PM PM Q&A
5:00 PM Closing & Thank You, Wine & Canapes, book signing with Gene Baur, live music by Fera Group.
Live Music by The Fera Group, The identical twins Courtney and Stephanie Fera cut their musical teeth on everything from The Beatles to Patty Griffin and Bryan Adams. Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., the songwriting sisters – known simply as FERA – started their music career in 2000. Courtney and Stephanie’s life-long love affair with songwriting led to an opportunity at the 2008 CCMA Music Conference.
After releasing two singles to Canadian country radio in 2008, FERA had opportunities to open for Lisa Brokop, One More Girl and Prairie Oyster; and shared the stage with artists such as Jessie Farrell, Aaron Pritchett, Ian Tyson, Randy Bachman, Bill Henderson and many more.
This event is a sponsored event, thank you to our sponsors: ViRTUS, Mac Marketing Solutions, McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group, United Animal Way.
Tickets Sales: http://becomethevoice-efbevent.eventbrite.com/
We Hope To See You There! All proceed are 100% non-profit and are being donated to Liberation BC and Farm Sanctuary.