Earth Day 2010 - Payback

Fundraising Reading and Concert

April 22 at the Christ Church, Bolton

"Returning for a second year and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day:
A fabulous evening of humour, music, and timely words
to benefit the planet, starting with our own green corner in Caledon."



Margaret Atwood - Author

Payback book cover Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent writers - winner of the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Literary Award, among many other honours.  She is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including the The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. She and her spouse, writer Graeme Gibson, are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Club within Birdlife International.  She is an International Vice President of PEN.

Our reading comes from her recent book, Payback, which comprises her 2008 Massey Lectures - a surprising look at the timely topic of debt.  We thank her for her enthusiastic support of this event.  See her Canadian Encyclopedia entry.


Laura Bird - Musician

Laura Bird

Laura Bird draws inspiration from a mosaic of musical influences beginning with early folk roots and bluegrass to old jazz standards.  Her songs tug at the familiar; contemporary set against the backdrop of a traditional musical panorama.  Through the keen eye of the observer her songs are sensitive, compassionate, and heartfelt, often drawing visual references from a childhood spent growing up in small town Ontario along the St. Lawrence River.  With her warm, relaxed stage presence, finely honed guitar work, a painters' eye for lush images, and sultry, smoky voice, you'll want to close your eyes and watch the mind movies inspired by Lauraís soundtrack.

The Water in Between, Laura Birdís latest recording has been receiving well-deserved praise since its release in November 2008.  Included in Penguin Eggs Magazineís DJ top ten favourites of 2008, it enjoyed top ten spins for three consecutive months (March-May 2009), ultimately listing among Galaxie Folk-Roots satellite radio 'top high rotation album releases of 2009'.  Birdís recent performances include the Red Roof Womenís Music Festival, Blue Skies Festival, and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, a variety of successful solo concerts including performances for the Haliburton, Orillia, and Kitchener Folk Societies and a return visit to Nova Scotia to tour with fellow songwriter Darren Arsenault.  Visit her web site.


Nonie Crete - Musician

Nonie Crete

Well-known to local concert-goers, Nonie lives many musical lives.  As a singer-songwriter she has released 8 albums to date, her newest release being Coming Home, recorded with her musical partner Eugene Rea.  As a blues musician she has performed at major festivals across Canada, and shared the stage with some of the greats.  Nonie is a member of the all-women blues band Grand Ladies of the Blues who have been creating a sensation everywhere they perform for the last couple of years.  As a Celtic performer Nonie has toured in Ireland with Clannad and Altan, and has appeared at major festivals throughout Canada.

Known as the hardest working musician in the K-W area, she and Eugene travel extensively from the East to West coasts of Canada and have appeared on TV and radio many times.  Nonie has opened for Tommy Makem, Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony McManus, just to name a few.  Visit her web site.


David Nairn - Reader

David Nairn

David Nairn is now in his 11th season as Artistic Director of Theatre Orangeville.  Some of his most recent directing credits include the World Premiere productions of The Giant's Garden, One Moment, Little Women - The Musical, A Matter of Time, Bedtime Stories, 'Twas, Dear Santa, Could You Wait?, Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun, and Step Right Up.  Other selected directing credits include Sexy Laundry, Mesa, Rope's End, Harvest Moon Rising, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Carol's Christmas, The Kitchen Witches, For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Test Drive, Anne, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, and The Drawer Boy

As an actor, David is familiar to Theatre Orangeville audiences from his starring performances in The Long Weekend, The Love List, Outlaw, Miniputt, Colours in the Storm, The Shooting of Dan McGrew, and Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang.  Toronto audiences will no doubt remember him as the cunning Master of the House, Thenardier, in Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.  David also starred in the long-running musical hit I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change in Toronto, Sudbury, Chicago, and Detroit.  His most recent appearance was in the Neptune Theatre World Premiere production of Skin Flick.


Jory Nash - Musician

Jory Nash

Jory Nash is a Toronto-based independent singer-songwriter, blending elements of folk, jazz, pop, country, soul, and blues.  He is very active on the Ontario folk festival circuit, and is a past recipient of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals' Songs from the Heart songwriting award.  Jory has also crisscrossed North America several times and has loyal fans all over the continent.  He is also known for co-founding a Gordon Lightfoot Tribute concert which has been held annually since 2003.

Jory's music has been played on over 200 music programs/stations around the world, including the BBC, National Public Radio, XM Satellite, and frequently on CBC.  He recently released his sixth solo CD, titled New Blue Day.  Outside of music, Nash has a Bachelor of Science in Biogeography from the University of Toronto, and also has environmental activism tendencies (as evidenced by his ongoing campaign to teach major fast food chains about reusable travel mugs - one of the countless stories he often relates from his many travels and tours).  Visit his web site.


Shelley Peterson - Reader

Shelley Peterson

Shelley Peterson is the best-selling author of four young adult novels: Dancer, Abby Malone, Stagestruck, and Sundancer.  Newly released is Mystery at Saddle Creek, and she is currently busy writing the sixth, as well as recording her books into audio format.  She studied theatre at Dalhousie University, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and Western University, and has over one hundred acting stage and screen credits to her name, including starring roles in the CBC TV series Not My Department and YTV's Dog House.

Shelley also owns and operates Fox Ridge, a Caledon horse facility, stabling 20 horses.  She and her husband David have three grown children and one young grandson, and share their time between Toronto and Caledon.  As well as being the mother of three accomplished children, a businesswoman, actress, and author, Shelley has long been active in the communities of Toronto and Caledon.  Whether knocking on doors, sitting on committees, acting as chairperson, fundraising, or planning events, she's assisted the United Way, Family Transition Place, The Cancer Society, Children's Help-line, and Journalists for Human Rights - among many others in the performing and literary arts.


Dave Seglins - Reader

Dave Seglins

Award-winning radio journalist Dave Seglins is a CBC News reporter and host of CBC Radio's The World This Weekend.  Raised locally in Bolton, Seglins has more than a decade of experience in daily news, documentaries, investigative reporting and hosting.  He began his career as a summer reporter with CBC in Sudbury, Ont. before moving to Halifax, and then Toronto.  In 1998, he helped open CBC's new bureau in London, Ontario, and was the first broadcast journalist on the ground in Walkerton when the town's drinking water system became contaminated with deadly E.coli back in May of 2000.  He moved to Toronto in the same year and has since worked as a reporter, host and news editor with CBC Radio, TV and, working most closely with CBC Toronto's Metro Morning, Ontario Morning, as well as a summer stint at CBC Yukon.

Dave has won numerous awards for his breaking news and investigative reports on the Walkerton water crisis, SARS, corruption within Toronto's police force, and addiction and crime linked to Canada's casino industry.  Before CBC, Dave got his start at CFRB Radio in Toronto.  He holds a B.A History/Politics (McMaster, 1993), M.A. Canadian History (Queen's, 1995), and M.A. Journalism (University Western Ontario, 1996).


Andrew Welch - Reader/Producer

Andrew Welch

Andrew Welch is an actor, writer, and (increasingly) champion of the environment.  His favourite performance medium is voice work, having recorded audio books and characters for animation, as well as participating in staged readings around Ontario.  For many years he has performed solo readings of Dickens' A Christmas Carol in both Canada and the U.S.

Andrew has over 100 theatre credits, including roles in television, film, and radio, and an extensive set and lighting design portfolio, and is past Artistic Director of the Caledon TownHall Players.  He now lives in Alton with his wife, Elswyth, and continues to serve on a number of local volunteer service boards.

In other fields, Welch is most widely known for WattPlot, a software suite that he created for monitoring the performance of small renewable-energy systems, which is now sold and installed around the world.  He is also in the final stages of getting his first book published: The Value Crisis - an Exploration of the Un-human Power of Numbers, which is very much related to environmental issues.  Visit his web site.

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