Music, of all different kinds. A-Capella, guitar, karaoke, and more. World issues portrayed in strings of strong, expressive words, spoken by the mouths of our very own teenagers. Delicious, mouth-watering food and refreshing beverage. Tables full of prizes and goodies, emphasizing the gratitude of the Burlington community on another level. People of all different ages and ethnicity joined together to celebrate a country we are blessed to have in common. This was the scene at the Canada 150 Coffee House and Poetry Slam.
This year, I was nominated for the RBC #Make150Count project. RBC gave selected youth around Canada a $150 grant, with the only instruction of “make your community better for 150.” As soon as I was nominated, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Above all, I wanted to bring together as many people as I could to celebrate Canada, hang-out, and have a chance to recognize the importance and strength being a community means.
This I felt could best be achieved in a coffee house and poetry slam, as performers of all ages could have a chance for their voice to be heard on a community platform. It also came to mind that I could incorporate fundraising for a global organization, WE Free the Children, a non-profit organization that provides food, water, education and a safe place to children in need worldwide.
Leading up to June 29th, the day of the Coffee House and Poetry Slam, I visited businesses across Burlington and was blown away in how each one was ready to donate and support the spectacular event to be. Check out the goods donated by the community in these pictures!
The Canada 150 Coffee House and Poetry Slam was more than I possibly could have imagined it to be. 15 talented performers worked up the nerve to get up on stage and perform with their powerful voices. $400 was raised for WE Free the Children through raffles, food purchases and the generosity of the community attending the event. Snapd Burlington captured the essence of this event in a fantastic Facebook Live video, which can be viewed if you click here. Our MC for the night was Tomy Bewick from the Burlington Poetry Slam! I am so thankful that I got the opportunity as Miss Teenage Halton to create such a mind-blowing, multi-purpose, fun, loving event. Thank you so much to my sponsors, performers, those who attended, and those who have endlessly showed me their support. I am forever grateful for my Canadian community, and it was an honor to celebrate that.