First Nations Medicine Song Woman Boosts Toronto's Vital Signs

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The City of Toronto’s “Vital Signs 2006” reports a five year “slow decline in the city’s health.” On November 5, 2006, National Aboriginal Achievement Awards nominee Brenda MacIntyre will kick off Peace Week at the University of Toronto with a welcome prayer and Aboriginal drumming performance. The Juno Award winning "Medicine Song Woman" just may be the CPR – Culture, Peace and Rhythm – that Toronto is looking for.

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Drumming represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth and all people. When I sound my drum and voice, I'm spreading Peace from my heart to yours. If we have to create days and weeks dedicated to Peace, you know something's wrong. We need to create a healthy, peaceful environment for our children.

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National Aboriginal Achievement Awards nominee Brenda MacIntyre will kick off Peace Week on November 5, 2006 at the University of Toronto with a welcome prayer and Aboriginal drumming performance.

With Toronto's "Vital Signs 2006" reporting a five year "slow decline in the city's health," the Juno Award winning Aboriginal singer just may be the CPR – Culture, Peace and Rhythm – that Toronto is looking for. Snatam Kaur, Guru Ganesha Singh and Krishan Prakash will be joined by First Nations drummer Brenda MacIntyre a.k.a. Medicine Song Woman who will inaugurate the week's events at 7 p.m., Sunday November 5, 2006 at Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart Circle in Toronto.

It is curious that "Vital Signs," deemed the "annual fall check-up on the health of our city," does not contain a single reference to the city's First Peoples, even though Statistics Canada's 2001 Census puts Toronto's Aboriginal population at more than 20,000. Could it be that the heart of Toronto is skipping a beat?

According to MacIntyre, "Drumming represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth and all people. When I sound my drum and voice, I'm spreading Peace from my heart to yours. If we have to create days and weeks dedicated to Peace, you know something's wrong. We need to create a healthy, peaceful environment for our children."

Peace Week is an extraordinary week of presentations, forums, music, art and reflection on the prospects of creating a sustainable culture of peace. Peace Week is for everyone. It is a time for truth, for healing, sharing, and aspiring toward a world of greater peace.

The events of Peace Week are organized and presented by the following individuals and representatives of the following organizations: Hart House Social Justice Committee, Trinity Chaplain, U of T Graduate Students Union, U of T Lutheran Chaplain, U of T Sikh Chaplain, U of T Students Administrative Council and U of T Students of Science for Peace.

Peace Week is presented through the generosity of its sponsors:

  •     U of T Student Affairs
  •     U of T Students Administrative Council
  •     Hart House
  •     U of T Campus Chaplains Association
  •     U of T Provost
  •     U of T Arts & Science Dean
  •     U of T Provost-Students
  •     Trinity College Chaplain
  •     Franz Blumenfeld Peace Fund
  •     New College Principal
  •     U of T Student Services
  •     U of T Graduate Students Union
  •     U of T Arts and Science Students Union
  •     The Varsity Newspaper
  •     CIUT 89.5 FM
  •     NOW Magazine
  •     Sunder Design
  •     Monika Stoyanova

Brenda MacIntyre, a.k.a. Medicine Song Woman, is a Juno award-winner, National Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2007 nominee, Aboriginal singer, drummer and inspirational speaker. As an inspirational speaker, she teaches empowerment, confidence-building and Aboriginal drumming across Ontario, bringing inspiration through Aboriginal tradition. Brenda's CDs and singles have earned international radio play that includes 3 Top Ten debuts.

http://www.BrendaMacIntyre.com 416-519-SONG MySpace.com/brendamacintyre

Sunday November 5, 2006, 7 p.m.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart Circle

Peace Week Concert featuring Snatam Kaur & Brenda MacIntyre

Free admission. All Welcome.

For further information about Peace Week 2006 at University of Toronto, call 647-868-3966 or visit http://www.peaceweek.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brenda MacIntyre

416-519-SONG (7664) http://www.BrendaMacIntyre.com

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