Promising to inform, entertain and educate, IMAGINATE, Green Wood Coalition’s Evening of Possibility and social justice conference, returns to the Victoria Hall stage April 16 and 17.
Bringing together prominent social justice leaders, artists and the voices of lived experience, IMAGINATE invites participants to explore some of the most pressing social issues of our time. Headlining this year’s conference will be nationally renowned human rights advocate Senator Kim Pate, who has dedicated her life to working for equality and justice for marginalized men, women and youth in the legal system. A member of the Order of Canada and recipient of numerous awards and honourary doctorates, Pate is a driving force for the rights of victimized and incarcerated women.
IMAGINATE will also feature Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Alysha Brilla, known for promoting the voices of youth across the world for their perspectives on the environment and social issues. Brilla will bring her soulful and upbeat sound, infused with the Indian and African rhythms of her roots, to IMAGINATE’s day and evening audiences.
Staged over two days this year, IMAGINATE will kick off Thursday, April 16, with an evening of entertainment, storytelling and music. The next day’s conference will lead participants through a choice of facilitated sessions focusing on themes of equity, community building and social change.
Artistic director David Sheffield says IMAGINATE’s goal is to motivate people toward action to solve some of the problems facing our community. “If we mistakenly believe we’re not equipped to take on these challenges, that we need to rely on someone else, change won’t happen. IMAGINATE is a call to action for each of us to believe, ‘I can do something to make a difference.’ This is how we build compassionate and inclusive communities.”