21st Annual Oakville Peace Concert

Oakville Community Centrefor Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)

P.O. Box 52007, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5

Tel/Fax: (905) 849-5501

E-mail: volunteer@oakvillepeacecentre.org

Website: www.oakvillepeacecentre.org

Media Release

Sunday, February 3, 2008

“BOOKS NOT BOMBS”: 21ST ANNUAL OAKVILLE PEACE CONCERT

“Books Not Bombs” is the theme of the 21st annual Oakville Peace Festival which takes place on Wednesday, February 20 from 7 pm to 9 pm at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (318 Queen Mary Drive at Stewart Street).

“Our theme questions whether humanity can achieve sustainable development without also accomplishing sustainable disarmament,” said Stephen Dankowich, executive director of the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR).

“Reverend Cheryl Lynn Fricker will welcome you to St. Aidan’s and then the peace concert will feature two keynote speakers and two musical artists,” remarked MC Mervyn Russell, chairperson of OCCPEHR.

“A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sarah Bollozos’ interest in international development has led her to postings in Uganda to work with landmine survivors and to Afghanistan where she lived for the past two years,” noted Mr. Russell.

“Our second keynote speaker is Janis Alton who is a board member of the International Peace Bureau (www.ipb.org), the world’s oldest and most comprehensive international peace network. In November 2007, she attended the IPB’s conference in Alexandria, Egypt on the theme of “Books or Bombs”. She focuses on the need to de-legitimize war and encourages the inclusion of women directly in all decision-making processes for peace building from conflict prevention to reconstruction,” related the event MC.

“Musical artists include the folk-rock band GCDC. Ricky Joe Vella and Ronnie J. MacKay comprise this local Oakville band which regularly performs at The Moonshine Cafe. These singer-songwriting guitarists perform covers and original songs. As well, Jay Clowater is a Burlington-based country-folk artist with twenty years of past musical experience including gigs at previous Oakville Peace Concerts,” said the OCCPEHR chairperson.

This year, the annual Concert For Peace has gained the financial support of the following sponsors: ACT For The Earth, Appleby College, Burlington Association For Nuclear Disarmament, MP Bonnie Brown, Glen Abbey Italian Bakery, Goodyear, International Campaign For The Innu And The Earth, Licks Restaurant, Peace Magazine, Physicians For Global Survival (Canada) and SAVIS: Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10, $5 for students and $1 for children twelve years of age or younger.

Please contact the organizers at (905) 849-5501, volunteer@oakvillepeacecentre.org or at www.oakvillepeacecentre.org for more information.

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EVENTS
March 7 – Abolishing Nuclear Weapons (Burlington)
March 8 – Peace Film Festival (Hamilton)
March 15 – Anti-war Demonstrations (Mississauga & Toronto)

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