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A global pride of 47 life-sized lion sculptures has appeared on the streets of cities around the world to raise awareness of the threats facing lions and raise funds to support conservation projects across Africa. The sculptures, painted by artists that include Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and actor John Cleese, first appeared on World Lion Day (Aug. 10) in Wellington, N.Z., London and Bristol in England, The Hamptons in New York, Edinburgh, Scotland, Nairobi, Kenya and Sydney, Australia. Collectively they’re known as The Tusk Lion Trail in recognition of Tusk, an organization that...
In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and to raise money for charities that grew out of the tragedy, more than a dozen top comedians will perform at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sept. 12. The NYC Still Rising After 20 Years: A Comedy Celebration event is the brainchild of comedians Jon Stewart and Pete Davidson, who will appear at the event along with Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Colin Jost, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Dave Chappelle, Jay Pharoah, Jimmy Fallon, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Ronny Chieng, Tom Segura and Wanda Sykes. “We wanted to put on a fun celebration to...
The annual Unison Charity Golf Classic is returning this year, abiding by covid safety measures and limited in capacity, and is still in need of sponsors. Funds raise support Unison, the non-profit that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. The Unison Charity Golf Classic will take place in Montreal at Beaconsfield Golf Club on Sept. 20, Toronto at Lionhead Golf Club on Sept. 28, and Vancouver at Tsawwassen Springs on Oct. 7. Registration for foursomes ($1000 for four players) is now open with limited capacity and even non-golfers are welcome...
The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle announced a new mentorship initiative called 40x40 on her 40th birthday on Aug. 4. 40x40 is part of Markle and husband Prince Harry's Archewell Foundation, which supports organizations fuelling systemic cultural change, and calls on professionals to dedicate 40 minutes of their time to mentor women re-entering the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Markle announced the program in a short video with fellow actress Melissa McCarthy on the Archewell Foundation's website. She explained that she’s calling on 40 friends to give 40 minutes of their time to...
Pop culture consumer products company Funko has announced a new philanthropic-driven initiative called Pops! With Purpose that ties Funko Pop! characters to social causes that are important to Funko fans and employees. “Throughout Funko's history, community has been at the heart of all of our efforts,” said Funko president Andrew Perlmutter in a media release. “When fans decide to purchase and display a Pops! With Purpose, they are signifying their support for a cause that contributes to making the world a more kind and equitable place for all.” Each Pops! With Purpose figure sold will...
A one-hour CBC TV and online special, Terry Fox: The Power of One, will air on Monday, Aug. 9, featuring an array of noted Canadians such as Sidney Crosby, Catherine O’Hara, Darryl Sittler, and Prime Minister Trudeau, plus performances from Alessia Cara, Tom Cochrane and William Prince.  Members of Fox’s family will also share personal memories.
Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs have pledged to donate a minimum of $150,000 over the next decade to help support various local charities, with a specific focus on those benefitting Indigenous peoples. A minimum of $15,000 will be given out each year. The band —  frontman Ewan Currie, guitarist Shamus Currie, bassist Ryan Gullen, drummer Sam Corbett and utility player Jim Bowskill — will raise the funds from a portion of ticket, physical album or t-shirt sales, plus non-ticketed show income, starting this Sunday (Aug. 7) with their set at the Saskatoon Jazz Festival. “We have been fortunate...
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) will raise funds for Hamilton Food Share and Tim Hortons Foundation Camps as part of the Sept. 3 to 5 CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend at Ancaster Fairgrounds. Pay what you can tickets for the Sept. 3 New Faces Showcase and the Sept. 4 Legacy Revival concert are available here. CMAOntario will donate a portion of the proceeds from the two shows to its two charitable partners. “We’re so proud that our events will generate real support for both Hamilton Food Share and Tim Hortons Foundation Camps,” CMAOntario president Steve Kassay...
USA Surfing teamed up with ocean conservation artist Wyland and his foundation to raise awareness and support for clean oceans as surfing made its Olympic debut this summer. The partnership involving USA Surfing, Wyland Foundation and Los Angeles-based virtual television stations KCBS2/KCAL9 kicked off in April with My Volunteer Water Project, where people were invited to form teams that made a concerted effort to conserve water in their homes, gardens and communities. An online auction of two surfboards painted by Wyland, which ran through June, commemorated surfing’s first Olympic Games....
The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Office of Adult Education has launched the “Never Too Late to Graduate” campaign featuring West Virginia native and 2011 America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. The campaign, which features Murphy on billboards throughout the state, encourages adults who haven’t completed high school to earn their high school equivalency diploma and pursue post-secondary training and courses that could open employment and career options for them. Murphy dropped out of high school and washed dishes, sold shoes and worked temporary jobs in an...
Aleksandra Odić’s 22-minute film, Frida, was the inaugural winner of the Lights on Women Award at the Cannes Film Festival. L’Oréal Paris announced the award in partnership with the festival’s Official Short Film Competition and the international school films program. The award program is specifically dedicated to recognizing female short filmmakers.  “We decided to champion this cause because we believe in working together to reduce bias and achieve greater gender balance in cinema,” L’Oréal Paris global brand president Delphine Viguier-Hovasse said in a media release. “The main obstacles...
Dave Matthews Band is inviting fans to enter a contest to help plant trees around the globe through donations to The Nature Conservancy via The Bama Works Fund. Having fully funded the planting of a million trees in 2020, Dave Matthews Band is on a mission to plant a million more in an effort to restore healthy forests, curb the effects of climate change, provide clean air and fresh drinking water, and secure homes for thousands of species of plants and animals. The effort is in support of The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees program, a forest restoration effort that will plant...
Dallas Green’s City and Colour is back on the road in September through December and one dollar from every ticket sold will go to Indspire, a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The chartitable donation is through Plus 1, founded by former Arcade Fire member Marika Anthony-Shaw, which works with touring artists to select a charity to which one dollar from every concert ticket sold goes. According to the City and Colour press release, to date, Green has donated over $80,000, to Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures Scholarship...
Canadian prog-rock duo Crown Lands, which just won the 2021 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year, has just released the final song in a trilogy about Indigenous rights. “White Buffalo” is produced by David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Tool, Muse, Godsmack, King Crimson), the music video directed by Alimzhan Sabir (watch below). The band, whose name means territory belonging to the monarch, or, more accurately, stolen from First Peoples, previously released “Mountain” about colonization and “End of the Road” about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (a staggering 1181 between...
Gibson Gives, the philanthropic arm of Gibson, the Nashville-based guitar manufacturers, exceeded expectations when it raised over US$2.5M worldwide to the point where it’s now expanding its charities. Supporting a mandate to create, develop and support non-profit organizations to advance musicians, youth-focused education and wellness initiatives, the Gibson organization has directed some of its brands to follow suit, announcing  the formation of three more charities to serve under its umbrella: Epiphone Empowered, Kramer Kares and Mesa Mission. With 100% of all donations with this...
ESPN’s seventh annual Sports Humanitarian Awards were presented on July 12 at New York City’s The Rooftop at Pier 17. The event, hosted by actor and author Taye Diggs, will air as a 90-minute television special on July 24 at 2 p.m. ET on ABC. ESPN will donate more than $1 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the award nominees and honourees. More than $12 million has been donated to the community on behalf of the Sports Humanitarian Awards to date. The awards and sponsorships benefitted the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the V Foundation for Cancer Research,...