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War Child: Busking For Change - Our Lady Peace, Die Mannequin

06-Oct-2008 09:00 am Contributed by: pete Music News
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The Streets of Toronto, Ontario
Photos by: Pete Nema
War Child: Busking For Change
Our Lady Peace
Die Mannequin
October 2, 2008
Full Photo Set (8 photos)

In 2007, Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace set out to the streets with two goals: To raise $30,000 for War Child by busking on the streets of Toronto, and at the same time make a music video for his latest solo hit song Yellow Brick Road. Amazingly, he managed to raise over $22,000 that one day for War Child, with many thousands more coming in after-the-fact, once people learned about what he did. This year, the event grew to be much larger, with 34 bands and over 50 musicians participating throughout the day, even in the rain.

War Child is a charity dedicated to helping children who are affected by war. Last year's funds went toward rebuilding a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As far as I can tell, this year's funds are not earmarked for any specific project, but instead will go toward many different active War Child projects. The amount collected has not yet been counted, so if you were unable to catch the bands during on Thursday, you can still donate to the Busking For Change event online, effectively supporting both War Child and the musicians that put their effort toward raising funds and awareness.

Our Lady Peace

This year, it wasn't just Raine Maida out playing solo, it was all members of Our Lady Peace. For them, it was a pretty full day, starting at 7:40am when they did an interview for the 104.5 CHUM FM morning show, and then busked from 8am through until at least 5pm. I managed to catch them at Brookfield Place, which is situated just South of King St. and Wellington Ave.

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Info: Our Lady Peace | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

Die Mannequin

Up at the new storefront studio of 102.1, the glass doors were wide open, and Die Mannequin performed two songs on-air for the event. As they finished their set, the rain set in, possibly reducing the number of people that got out to see the performers, but did not stop the efforts of the musicians.

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Info: Die Mannequin | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

102.1 Coverage

Here's a three minute video from 102.1 that was edited from clips taken throughout the day:

Participating Bands

The bands/musicians that participated in this year's event were:
  • Aengus Finnan
  • The Apollo Effect
  • Arkells
  • The Artist Life
  • Brian Byrne
  • Brian Melo
  • Brown Brigade
  • Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Dave Bidini
  • Die Mannequin
  • Dodger
  • Flash Lighnin'
  • Great Lake Swimmers
  • Hello Beautiful
  • Hunter Valentine
  • James Black & Rick Jackett (of Finger Eleven)
  • Jeremy Fisher
  • Joshua Bartholomew
  • Kim Stockwood & Damhnait Doyle
  • Lowest Of The Low
  • Mother Mother
  • Neverending White Lights
  • Our Lady Peace
  • The Painted Birds
  • Saint Alvia Cartel
  • The Samba Punk Sound System
  • Shiloh
  • Skydiggers
  • Smokey
  • Staylefish
  • Suzie McNeil
  • Tomi Swick
  • The Waking Eyes
  • Zach Werner
If you're feelin' it, why not donate to War Child now?


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Authored by: Anonymous on 02-Apr-2010 08:43 am
Keeping an eye on every childrens entertainment that feeds our kids is a part of parents supervision, including advertisements. Besides, I can get closer to them, if itís done correctly. Children belong to family. So, the first and basic education should start within the family. But unfortunately, many children donít have family. We must help those children, they are everywhere, they might be even near your area. So, this kind of charity for children is a good program. Children are a nationís assets and also the future of the country. We must focus on their prosperity. What important for them are education, health care, and donít forget kids entertainment. with love from children magician