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Toronto, January 12, 2005 -- View Points a new series of discussions and points of views about contemporary culture, focusing on current affairs and issues locally, nationally and internationally. View Points will take place the first Thursday of each month. Some discussions will integrate music, theatre and visual arts. Participating guests will include writers, editors, artists, intellectuals, filmmakers and political activists. The upcoming series will feature Jane Sapp in Someone Sang for Me: Building Community Through Music; The New Brotherhood; There Goes the Neighbourhood and Bomb The Suburbs featuring William “Upski” Wimsatt. Each discussion take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $10 and $5 students. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com.

SERIES LINE UP:

February 3 Someone Sang for Me: Building Community Through Music

Featuring Jane Sapp, a powerful and highly regarded musician, civil rights activist and educator who has worked with middle and elementary school students from economically devasted neighbourhoods in Springfield, Massachusetts. Through the experience of participating in culture these young people have become leaders in their communities. Ms. Sapp has recorded four albums and performed throughout the U.S., Sweden, Canada, Senegal and Mali. She has also played at Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger. Jane will speak, sing and play the piano during the discussion. The moderator/interviewer at this session will be activist, advocate and spoken word artist Lillian Allen. Someone Sang for Me is co-produced with York University.


March 3 The New Brotherhood

A panel discussion about gender, class and vision of a new masculinity. Co-produced as part of HE.
(More information to follow)


April 7 There Goes the Neighbourhood

A panel discussion on the impact of gentrification on local communities. Co-produced with FUSE Magazine.
(More information to follow)


May 5 Bomb The Suburbs

William Wimsatt discusses race, activism and philanthropy. A journalist, author, multi-issue organizer, philanthropist and lecturer, Wimsatt has written two books, Bomb the Suburbs, (sold 35,000 plus copies largely by word of mouth) which Tupac Shakur called “the best book I read in prison”, and No More Prisons which boldly takes on the American penal system. He recently co-edited How To Get Stupid White Men Out of Office, the title, a take-off on Michael Moore’s Stupid White Men which tells the stories of how marginalized voters – gay, punk, black, Latino-organized to make a difference in contested electoral races. He has spoken at dozens of colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale and Oberlin. In 1996, he was the youngest person to be named a “Visionary” by Utne Reader. Currently, Wimsatt is Director of the League of Independent Voters (indyvoter.org).

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Media contact:
Ramona Noor, 416-973-4342 or rnoor@harbourfrontcentre.com
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