Opponents of the Ford government’s controversial plan to build a prison in Kemptville outside Ottawa are holding a benefit concert headlined by Mohawk singer-songwriter Logan Staats. The fundraiser, presented by the Coalition Against the Proposed Prison (CAPP), takes place on Friday, November 3, 2023, at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC) in downtown Ottawa. All proceeds will go to support the legal challenge waged by local residents against the Ford government’s plan to build the 235- bed prison on farmland in Kemptville, which is located on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory.
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Taking place in CDCC’s historic and beautiful Sanctuary, audience members are in for a rare musical concert experience with an intimate performance by Logan Staats (https://www.loganstaats.ca/), the multi-awardwinning Mohawk singer-songwriter and Indigenous rights advocate you’ll recognize as a past winner of CTV’s The Launch. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, Staats’ haunting voice is sure to inspire. Says Staats: “We don’t need another prison on stolen Indigenous land. We need land back. That’s why I’m joining forces with CAPP to stop Ford’s Kemptville prison”. Trevor Alguire (https://trevoralguire.com/), a local favourite, reminds us with his special blend of country-rock why quality of life in rural Ontario is worth fighting for. “Small town and rural Ontario need to be respected and our voices need to be heard”, states Alguire. “I was shocked to hear that the Ford government didn’t consult with the residents of Kemptville before deciding to build a prison in their town. Paving over farmland to build that prison is simply irresponsible when our province is losing more than 300 acres of farmland a day. I’m joining forces with CAPP to stop Ford’s Kemptville prison”.
The audience will be in good hands with host Adrian Harewood. Bringing together entertainment and social issues comes naturally to this award-winning former CBC Ottawa news anchor and Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication professor. He notes: “As a journalist, I’ve covered the most pressing issues facing our communities. Today, many are concerned about the future use of agricultural and environmentally sensitive lands. We all want to make communities safer for everyone. I’m honoured to be hosting the Joining Forces concert that brings all these issues into focus”. CAPP invites everyone to join forces with them for an evening of music and fellowship to STOP FORD’S KEMPTVILLE PRISON, save farmland, and build communities, not cages.
• CAPP’s Concert Fundraiser takes place on Friday, Nov. 03, 2023.
• Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
• The concert entrance for the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre is located at 290 Lisgar Street, Ottawa, ON.
• Cash bar, along with artist and campaign merchandise, available.
• Buy tickets at noprison.eventbrite.com