In a world where bullying, depression, suicide and violence have reached epidemic proportions, ‘Kindness’ is not just a nice concept; it is critical to the well-being of our world.

Already going strong for 11 years, The World Kindness Concert gathers world class performers to both celebrate and promote the messages of kindness, compassion, love and peace, and to touch the hearts of people around the world. More than just an evening of music, funds raised for this special night will help to eliminate violence, bullying, suicide, cruelty and abuse in our society.

Some of the music industry’s most inspiring and powerful performing artists will gather at The Centre For Performing Arts in Vancouver on November 4, to become part of a growing global movement to see these issues eradicated.

This event promises a memorable evening of entertainment, where everyone will be touched by a simple and yet most powerful message: kindness.

Brock Tully, Founder WKC
[Brock Tully, World Kindness Concert founder]

In light of this being more of a community and awareness building event, rather than a charity fundraiser, an important objective for concert founder Brock Tully is to create access for all people to attend the concert, regardless of their financial status. The organization utilizes revenue from both ticket sales and sponsorship contributions to help cover production and advertising costs, keeping ticket prices as low as possible for the general public. Any surplus of funds that The World Kindness Concert generates after expenses will go towards supporting and sustaining organizations that help to nurture a kinder and more compassionate world, such as Kindness Rocks, a bullying prevention program for youth. 

The roster of performers is impressive and reaches all corners of the world:
Leora Cashe, a jazz and gospel vocalist, who according to Marke Andrews from the Vancouver Sun, is “blessed with a rich resounding voice”.

Michael Vincent
[Michael Vincent]

Michael Vincent, who’s toured across the continent and around the world. His latest solo CD, “Thank You” has made the Province Playlist twice.

Ranj Singh & The Descriminators – Self taught guitarist/singer/songwriter Ranj Singh has developed a new genre of music labelled “Indo-Folk”. Raised in western Canada, Ranj has added a small taste of his roots from India to his western upbringing. Think of world famous ghazal singer Jagjit Singh sharing a hookha with Neil Young, and then jamming together!

Sibel Thrasher – Ohio-born and raised, Sibel Thrasher’s enjoyed a successful career in music, theatre, film and television. She was inducted into the 2004 BC Entertainment Hall of Fame for her lifelong contribution to the arts.

Metropolis Glee Club, a powerful and talented a cappella group that performs both modern hits and perennial favourites. Many of its members also perform locally with both theatre companies and bands.

Jane Mortifee has an Actra Award nomination and three Jessie Awards under her belt. You’ll have to read her impressive bio to take in the variety and amount of incredible achievements she’s added to her resume thus far, in addition to R&B singer.

Leora Cashe, Bill Henderson, Shari Ulrich
[Leora Cashe, Bill Henderson, Shari Ulrich]

Shari Ulrich has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene since the early 70’s and has also won a Juno award in addition to being a BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee.

Dirty Radio (aka Farshad Edalat) is a Vancouver based singer/songwriter/producer who’s quickly grown among the ranks of local pop music performers. He’s even remixed for K-OS.

Veronika Iza and Tiffany Hambrook
[Veronika Iza and Tiffany Hambrook]

Veronica Iza is from Uruguay, but grew up across Canada, spending time in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Victoria. She’s appeared at previous World Kindness Concerts, and has called Vancouver home for the past four years. Her gorgeous soulful music will warm your heart.

ABRA Cadabra, rounding off the list of talent, has been touring the world for over a decade, bringing audiences the timeless music of 70’s Swedish sensation ABBA. The cast has travelled to Malaysia to perform for the Prime Minister, and on the other end of the spectrum, has entertained for shoe designer Jimmy Choo.

The 11th Annual World Kindness Concert
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Venue: The Centre for Performing Arts
777 Homer Street, Vancouver
Time: Doors 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Early bird ticket pricing is in effect until October 1st, at $37

The festival also welcomes volunteers in many capacities, including being part of a virtual street team, professional photography, and hospitality.

All photos courtesy of Robert Darwoon.

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