Backgrounder: Performers and Speakers at the First Meeting of Council
December 4, 2018
Indigenous Greeting – Bob Goulais, Anishinaabe, Nipissing First Nation
Bob Goulais is a well-known speaker, traditional teacher, facilitator and Master of Ceremonies, providing cultural context, history and traditional knowledge to diverse audiences across Canada.
Bob is a second-degree member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, a traditional society of the Anishinaabe (Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatami) people. He is a strong advocate for the retention and proliferation of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway language) and Anishinaabe culture.
Bob is a well-versed and experienced senior executive and consultant having provided over 20 years of service to industry, not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations. Currently, Mr. Goulais is President and Senior Principal of Nbisiing Consulting Inc. a boutique firm that he founded in 2015.
Mayor’s Guest – Ms. Marcia Brown
Marcia Brown founded Trust 15 Youth Community Support Organization in 2011. She started her career with the Toronto District School Board as an Educational Assistant in 2005. She has been working diligently to educate, mentor and inspire the young men and women in her community ever since.
Marcia recognized that there was a significant need in her community for a place where youth could come and feel safe and accepted, and receive much needed support. So she decided to walk from door-to-door in the neighbourhood asking parents if they would allow their children to participate in this enriching after-school program.
Earning the trust from the community and the 15 girls that showed up on the first day the program started, led to the name, Trust 15.
Marcia was awarded the Premier’s Award of Ontario for Teaching Excellence Support Staff (2011), Urban Hero Award for Education (2011), The Women of Honour Award (BBPA) (2012), Rotary Club of Toronto-Youth Impact Award (Individual Category) (2015).
National Anthem – Bruised Years Choir
Workman Arts’ Bruised Years Choir was launched in 2015 as a 6-week course, and has since grown to become a season-long initiative with more than 25 engaged Members. The Choir is led by Dora Award winning music/theatre artist Jim LeFrancois (Director, Piano) and musician Rob Joy (Guitar) and is composed of Workman Arts Members. The Choir has a vast repertoire of innovative, re-arranged popular songs, many of which explore themes of madness and hope.
Workman Arts is the longest-running multi-disciplinary arts and mental health organization in North America, and supports the professional development of aspiring, emerging and established artists with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues.
Procession Piper – MCpl Alexander Brown
Master Corporal Alexander Brown is a member of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
The 48th Highlanders are a reserve infantry regiment located in the heart of downtown Toronto out of the Moss Park Armory. The unit was founded in 1891 and has been serving Canadians to the present day.
Reception Band – Anthony D’Alessandro Trio
The award-winning Anthony D’Alessandro Trio is a swinging piano trio featuring Nick Donovan on drums and Evan Gratham on bass. The Trio was assembled by pianist and bandleader Anthony D’Alessandro, as a means to pay homage to the rich tradition of the jazz piano trio, while simultaneously composing new and exciting music audiences of the modern generation can appreciate and enjoy.
The Anthony D’Alessandro Trio has performed in many of Ontario’s finest venues and concert series including the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, the Jazz Sudbury Festival, the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, the Old Mill Toronto’s Year ‘Round Jazz Festival, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the Home Smith Bar, Heliconian Hall and Lula Lounge. In July 2018, the Toronto Summer Music Festival featured the Anthony D’Alessandro Trio in concert alongside the great jazz trumpeter Chase Sanborn.
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