On Saturday, May 21, Njacko Backo & Valery Woloshyn are hosting their second benefit for École St. Albert Le Grand, the school Njacko attended as a child in Bazou Cameroon.
This year’s event will help provide sanitation facilities including the rebuilding of latrines and construction of a handwashing station.
This year, there are two different events. The afternoon (3-5pm) is a children’s event with Soli & Rob with Alistair Ant!, Marni’s Move-in Music, Bellwoods Trinity plus stories & music from Njacko. As well, Njacko will be selling copies of his first children’s storybook, Baki and the Magic Egg.
The evening features a diverse lineup:
Njacko Backo & Kalimba Kalimba, roots music legend Ken Whiteley, jazz duo Hannah Burgé & Paco Luviano, opera star Sahara Sloan with “Men Without Hats” Colin Doroschuk, Muhtadi & The World Drummers, plus The Marni Levitt Collective (with Terri Segal & Valery Woloshyn).
Video from last year’s event.
A great event to attend and support. Njacko is someone who has always been supportive of a wide variety of great causes that help make the world a better place (and he’s a great children’s entertainer as well) — and this day is a great way to provide some real help to some children who need it. Another small contribution to making the world just a tiny bit better..
Plus of course, some great kids entertainment — and terrific music for everyone. An excellent & diverse lineup in the venerable Gladstone Ballroom.
All moneys raised from donations go to the project. For more background, see http://www.bazouschool.blogspot.com/
Afternoon: 3-5pm; Evening 8pm. Suggested donation: $25 or pay what you can. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. (Note: for anyone driving, the Gardiner will be closed over the weekend)