IMAGINATE: We All Have A Story returning to Victoria Hall March 29, 2019
Mark your calendar. Green Wood Coalition’s IMAGINATE – last year’s sell-out social awareness, One-Day Conference and ‘Evening of Possibility’ – is back, returning to Cobourg’s Victoria Hall on March 29, 2019.
Featuring prominent social justice leaders, artists and musicians, IMAGINATE will combine workshops, short talks, film and music to explore urgent social issues while informing, entertaining and motivating. Headlining this year’s daytime conference is Dr. Gary Bloch, St. Michael’s Hospital family physician and Associate Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bloch is the recipient of numerous honours, including this year’s prestigious AMS Phoenix Fellowship for his groundbreaking work in providing compassionate and socially equitable frontline medicine to the homeless and other marginalized individuals.
IMAGINATE will also feature Juno Award-winning, singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan, who will moderate a screening of The Song and the Sorrow, a 2018 National Film Board documentary chronicling the mental health struggles of her musician father, Gene MacLellan. Legendary for writing Snowbird and Put Your Hand in the Hand, made famous by Anne Murray, MacLellan committed suicide when Catherine was 14. Through interviews and song, the film opens up a conversation about mental illness, including Catherine’s own inherited battle.
IMAGINATE, the annual evening of music and storytelling, was expanded for the first time last year to include the daytime conference, so that Green Wood could bring more diverse voices, lived experience and depth to exploring the issues of poverty, mental illness, addiction and social equity that have become IMAGINATE’s trademark. The conference was a run-away success, selling out weeks before the event.
“I cried, I laughed, I cried again,” said one conference attendee. “The courage of the speakers in sharing their stories that were both raw and inspiring left a profound impact on all who were there.” Continue to watch the website for the full line-up of presenters and other details.