WE Day thrills Toronto as Dallas Green, Nelly Furtado draw a crowd

Nelly Furtado at WE Day 2011

Charming Nelly Furtado was more than accommodating to her young fans.

[One of the most inspirational organizations going is Free the Children and on Tuesday its annual WE Day celebrations took place at the Air Canada Centre, attracting thousands of fans and some big-name celebrities. Photographer extraordinaire Julia Pelish was on hand to take some exclusive photos. Here they are, along with her report.]

Around 18,000 students were in attendance from schools all over the Ontario region for this year’s WE Day celebrations. Students even came from as far away as Connecticut and Texas.


Julia Pelish

I was one of the many photographers who were dispersed throughout the Air Canada Centre. Posted in the “Meet and Greet” room, my assignment was to photograph the talent who participated in the event as they stopped by to meet some very lucky fans waiting for them.

The lineup was amazing and we witnessed some gracious personalities: Waneek Horn-Miller (Canadian Olympian), Rick Hansen (the legendary “Man in Motion”), Nelly Furtado (who doesn’t know of Nelly?), Dallas Green (aka City and Colour), Shawn Desman (what a dancer and charmer, the kids loved him!), Neverest (Toronto group and crowd favourite), Spencer West (inspirational speaker), Dr. Patch Adams (well known medical doctor and commedian), Mary Robinson (former president and first female leader of Ireland) as well as Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor David Onley. They all spent time posing for photos with their delighted fans.

Dallas Green at WE Day

A City and Colour fan gets a coveted Dallas Green autograph at the ACC.

Until last year, I had never heard of We Day or Free the Children. I have since learned that this amazing organization runs on the energy of self-motivated youth dedicated to taking action. I encourage you to visit their online sites of Free the Children and We Day to learn more about this organization. It is the movement started by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger and they have inspired throngs of young people to become deeply involved and committed to becoming activists for local and global change.



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