A sucessful Weday Tour in fall 2013

The Kenyan Boys Choir had an amazing in Canada. They performed in a series of concerts organized by charity organization, Free the Children network. The choir jetted out of Nairobi on 10th September and returned back on December  7th. Free the Children is the same organization that hosted Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes in Kenya in August as well as X Factor judge, Demi Lovato. Demi celebrated her birthday at the Maasai Mara while doing charity work. She was serenaded by the Kenyan Boys Choir on her 21st birthday.

We Day is a celebration of the youth service with events that feature musicians, celebrities, youth and activists. It is run by the Free the Children network, a charity founded by child rights activists Craig Kielburger and his brother, Marc. It started in Toronto in 2007 and now is held in 12 locations around Canada, the US and UK. The Kenyan Boys Choir are honored to have been part of We Day events  in fall 2013.

The Kenyan Boys Choir helped to raise awareness in Canada  on the various charity activities going on in Kenya including building schools in a campaign dubbed We Day.

The boys’ choir had an opportunity to interact with famous stars like Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen, as well as musicians such as Nelly Furtado, Classified, Hedley, Kardinal Offishall, Tyler Shaw and Shawn Desman.

The series of events begun in Toronto on 20 September and continued throughout various Canadian cities till 27th November when it concludes in Atlantic Canada.

Memories of spectacular collaborations of the choir with trending artists remain edged in minds of fans who were thrilled during WE Day 2013. These artists included

  • Demi Lovato – Award-winning singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador
  • NellyFurtado – Grammy and JUNO award-winner and Free The Children ambassador
  • Shawn Desman – Platinum-selling, JUNO and MMVA Award-winning recording artist and host of We Day Alberta
  • Kardinal Offishall – Award-winning Canadian rapper and record producer
  • Karl Wolf – International recording artist, Socan& MTV Europe Music Award winner
  • The Tenors – Juno Award-winning Multi-platinum singers
  • Darren Criss – Cast member from the Emmy Award-winning series Glee (host for We Day Toronto)
  • Chris Tse – Me to We inspirational speaker, national spoken-word champion and humanitarian
  • Hedley – Multi-platinum, JUNO and MMVA Award-winning recording artists

The Choir also got to interact with luminaries who were motivational speakers during this tour and imparted the noble initiative of being the Change they want around the world.

  • Craig and Marc Kielburger– International activists and co-founders of Free The Children
  • Kofi Annan – Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, who has recently launched the ‘Kofi Annan Dialogues’, a series of online conversations inspiring young people to lead
  • The Honourable Kathleen Wynne – Premier of Ontario
  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – President of Liberia and first elected female Head of State in Africa
  • Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
  • Barbara Pierce Bush – Humanitarian, Co-founder and President, Global Health Corps, and daughter of Former US President George W. Bush
  • Mark Dayton  – Governor of Minnesota
  • Brenda Cassellius – Commissioner of Education, Minnesota
  • Chris Coleman – Mayor of St. Paul
  • Debby Ryan– Disney Channel actress and musician
  • Mia Farrow – Award-winning actress, activist and United Nations ambassador
  • Jack Jablonski – Local Benilde – St. Margaret’s teen who suffered a spinal cord injury during a hockey game
  • Marissa Mohammed – Youth speaker from the Banyan Community Centre
  • Native Pride Arts – Indigenous youth performers whose mission is to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities
  • Magic Johnson – NBA legend, two-time hall of famer and philanthropist
  • Amanda Lindhout – New York Times best-selling author of A House in the Sky, Founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation
  • Mikhail Gorbachev – Former President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Liz Murray – Author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Breaking Night: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
  • Hannah Taylor – 16 year old social activist and founder of The Ladybug Foundation and The Ladybug Foundation Education Program
  • Honourable Justice Sinclair – Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Manitoba’s first Aboriginal Judge
  • Martin Sheen – Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor and activist
    • Wilson and Jackson – Maasai warriors, authors of The Last Maasai Warriors; and Free The Children ambassadors
    • Mia Farrow – Award-winning actress, activist and United Nations ambassador
  • Col. Chris Hadfield – Retired Canadian astronaut and first Canadian to walk in space
  • Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons – CFL Hall of Famer, Vice Chair of the Toronto Argonauts
  • Youth speakers – Hannah Alper, Vishal Vijay, and Sydney Brouillard-Coyle
  • Spencer West – Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair in June, 2012
  • Molly Burke – Visually impaired Me to We motivational speaker who speaks out against bullying and the power of hope
  • Robin Wiszowaty – Me to We motivational speaker, author and Free The Children Program Director in Ghana and Kenya
  • The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire – Lieutenant-General and author
  • MTV hosts Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and Scott Willats (hosts for We Day Vancouver).
  • Jillian Martin – Miss Teen Canada-World 2013