CTV and Free the Children announce additions to lineup for We Day, Sept. 30 and Oct. 15

CTV and Free The Children unveiled the latest additions to the lineup for the fourth annual WE DAY, the largest youth-empowerment event of its kind, happening this year in Toronto (Sept. 30) and Vancouver (Oct. 15). The latest additions include some of the most influential and powerful social leaders, entertainers and achievers of our time. Below is the line-up for both events: 

Toronto – September 30 at the Air Canada Centre

• Alexandre Bilodeau – Canada’s first Olympian to win gold on home turf

• Betty Williams – Nobel peace laureate, author and activist

• Cast members from DEGRASSI

• Cast of MTV’s hit TV series – THE BURIED LIFE 

• Cherie Blair – Wife of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, and best-selling author 

• Craig & Marc Kielburger – Co-Founders of international children’s charity, Free The Children

• Deepak Chopra – Bestselling author, renowned speaker, physician and media personality 

• Down With Webster – Toronto’s hottest seven member pop rock/hip hop band 

• Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish – Author and peace activist

• Greyson Chance – 13-year-old singer, songwriter, pianist and YouTube phenom

• Jacob Hoggard – Lead singer for Hedley, multi-platinum recording artists 

• K’naan – Internationally celebrated Canadian poet, rapper and musician

• Michel Chikwanine – Former child soldier and Me to We motivational speaker

• Rocky Dawuni – Ghana’s international music star 

• Scott Hammell – Magician and Me to We motivational speaker

• Spencer West – Me to We motivational speaker

• Wangari Maathai – Green Belt movement founder and Nobel Peace Prize Winner


Vancouver – October 15 at the Rogers Arena

• Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore – author and Nobel Laureate

• Barenaked Ladies – Multi-award winning and iconic Canadian rock band 

• Colbie Caillat – American pop and country singer-songwriter

• Craig & Marc Kielburger – Co-Founders of Free The Children and international

children’s rights activists

• Ethan Zohn – Winner of the hit TV show SURVIVOR, co-founder of Grassroot Soccer and motivational speaker

• Hedley – Multi-platinum recording artists

• Martin Sheen – Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor and activist

• Michel Chikwanine – Former child soldier and Me to We motivational speaker

• Philippe Cousteau – Chief Ocean Correspondent for Animal Planet and Planet Green, and co-founder of EarthEcho

• Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr. – civil rights leader and politician

• Rick Hansen – Canadian athlete, activist and six time Paralympian

• Robin Wiszowaty – Author of My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah and community development worker

• Scott Hammell – Magician and Me to We motivational speaker

• Spencer West – Me to We motivational speaker


Celebrating North America’s young leaders’ commitments to global and local change and the cultivation of youth empowerment, We Day brings together 38,000 student leaders from nearly 2,000 schools across three cities, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Thousands more will tune in to watch the live stream of the Toronto and Vancouver events at www.weday.ctv.ca. The events are being taped for the CTV special CTV PRESENTS: WE DAY 2010, airing later this year. CTV has partnered with Free The Children on We Day since its inception in 2006. 

Students and educators leave We Day with a renewed passion to create change for a better world and the tools to make this change a reality. In the months following the event, students participate in a unique year-long program – We Schools in Action – in the classroom and their communities that puts them at the forefront of active global citizenship and youth leadership.

We Day is a Free The Children initiative. The event is made possible at no cost to students and schools through the sponsorship and support of numerous companies and organizations. National Bank Financial Group and OMERS Worldwide are the co-title sponsors of We Day.

About Free The Children

Free The Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has a proven track record of success. Through the energy and passion of youth, Free The Children has built more than 650 schools around the world, providing education to over 55,000 children every day. The organization has received the Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah’s Angel Network. For more information please visit www.freethechildren.com.For more information please visit www.freethechildren.com.

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