Hey Soulsters! What’s the good word?
I’ve been around trying to find my holiday spirit. I’m here getting things together for my Best of 2016 album list for y’all. It’s on the horizon, so keep your eyes peeled as it should be floating through your timeline very soon.
Alright, back to the lecture at hand.
As many of y’all are aware, apart from my freelance writing I do own a small business and part of my bread and butter comes from the amazing projects that I get to work on in the creative community. This was one of them. I was so honored when international artist/DJ Sandy Duperval asked me to assist. Sandy and choreographer/artistic director extraordinaire Hollywood Jade, in collaboration with TD Bank, have come together to bring you the One Luv Benefit Concert. At the Mod Club on December 17, 2016, a few prominent Toronto artists and DJ’s will come together to help feed and donate gifts such as clothing and nonperishable goods to 200 homeless individuals from the LGBTQ community at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto.
This is a quote. Please use the quote block. This is such a fantastic endeavour and I’m all about giving selflessly and simply loving on the one you love during the holiday season. Unfortunate for many in the LGBTQ community, they are not afforded that opportunity. So why not lend a hand anyway you can?
Research shows that the suicide attempt rate increases substantially around this time of the year, especially in the LGBTQ community. 20% of youth in the shelter system face discrimination due to homophobia and transphobia, which in turn prevents them from receiving the needed accommodations and nourishment available in the city. Reasons such as homophobia and transphobia in the home, family excommunication and loneliness also attribute to some having nowhere to stay or anyone to celebrate the holidays with.
Artists and DJ’s on the bill include DJ Lissa Monet, Tika Simone, Andres Sierra, D!xon, Monsieur Desire and Sandy herself. There will also be a live band on deck, so you know the sounds will be stellar. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the dinner. And if you’re not able to attend the dinner, you can still support the initiative by donating new warm winter items (hats, scarves, gloves, socks etc.) and non-perishable goods.