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Survivorman Les Stroud in Concert for the Peace - Victoria, B.C.

Survivorman Les Stroud in Concert for the Peace - Victoria, B.C.
Join filmmaker, musician and documentary television star Les Stroud for an evening of music and conversation in support of Peace River Protectors on Jan. 10, 2017 in Victoria, B.C.
Jan 10, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM (Canada/Pacific / UTC-800)
Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria, B.C.
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Join filmmaker, musician and documentary television star Les Stroud for an evening of music and conversation in support of Peace River Protectors. 

Following Les' solo musical performance, DeSmog Canada's executive director Emma Gilchrist will lead a conversation about the Site C dam featuring Les, Tyee contributing editor and journalist Christopher Pollon, photojournalist Ben Nelms and M.P. for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Elizabeth May. 

When: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 / doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. (Pacific time)

Where: The Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria, BC (part of the newly renovated Oak Bay High School) 

Cost: Tickets are on a $10 to $20 sliding scale donation. All proceeds go to groups fighting Site C. 

About the participants:  

Les Stroud is best known as the Canadian Screen Award winning producer, creator and star of the hit TV series Survivorman (OLN Canada, The Science Channel US, Discovery Channel International, City TV (Rogers) Canada). Les is the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone. With Les known as the original genre creator of ‘Survival TV’, Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of OLN Canada, the Science Channel US and Discovery Channel US and remains the highest rated repeat show on the Discovery Channel. Survivorman is licensed for broadcast worldwide, with ratings in the US hitting 2 million on individual episodes. He has been nominated for 21 Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Geminis) and has won for Best Writer (twice) and Best Photography. 

Musically, Stroud has shared the stage with the top in the business, including Slash, Journey, Jonny Lang, James Cotton, Steve Stevens, Alice Cooper, Steven Stills, Tommy Shaw, Robbie Krieger, Blues Traveler, Tesla, Jakob Dylan, Randy Bachman, Chicago, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Roots. Revered worldwide for his iconic harmonica playing, Les’s songwriting style runs an eclectic gambit, from art-folk-roots rock to contemporary art rock. He is currently recording his fifth and sixth albums. Mother Earth is an art rock genre album and is being produced by none other than rock legend Mike Clink and includes a solo from Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame on the lead single “One Giant Farm” as well as a feature solo from Steve Vai on the song “Mother Earth”. In 2013, he performed at the prestigious Green Ball in Washington, DC where he met Vice President Joe Biden and was the MC for the inaugural Oceana Ball in New York with Susan Rockefeller.

Emma Gilchrist is Executive Director of DeSmog Canada. She is a writer, editor and citizen engagement specialist based in Victoria, B.C. Emma has worked as a reporter and editor in Canada and the U.K., including stints at the Calgary Sun, Calgary Herald, Cambridge Evening News and BBC Essex. While at the Calgary Herald, Emma created a weekly environmental column and website called The Green Guide, which won an Alberta Emerald Award, a Canadian Newspaper Association Great Ideas Award and was featured by the Online Journalism Review. You can follow her on Twitter at @reporteremma

Christopher Pollon is a Vancouver-based independent journalist who reports on the politics of natural resources, focusing on energy, mines and oceans. His work has appeared in The Walrus, Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail, National Geographic Books and many more. He has been a feature writer and contributing editor of The Tyee since 2008. He recently released a book about the Site C dam with photographer Ben Nelms called "The Peace in Peril". You can follow him on Twitter at @C_Pollon

Ben Nelms is a photojournalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born and raised in the heart of the prairies in Edmonton, Alberta, and studied photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. After graduating from Loyalist, Ben took a leap into freelance photojournalism and has since worked for such clients as National Post, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Macleans, Sports Illustrated and Canadian Geographic. Ben is deeply passionate about the power of visual storytelling through photographs. When not photographing daily editorial assignments, Ben’s intense curiosity leads him to continually seek out and photograph new personal stories. He recently released a book about the Site C dam with journalist Christopher Pollon called "The Peace in Peril".

Elizabeth May is Leader of the Green Party of Canada and its first elected Member of Parliament, representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in southern Vancouver Island. In 2005, Elizabeth May was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement. She graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment (1986- 1988). For seventeen years Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. A proud mother and grandmother, she lives in Sidney, British Columbia. Elizabeth is the author of eight books, including her most recent book Who we are: Reflections on my life and on Canada.

Many generous people have come together to offer this event. It is officially sponsored by the Peace Valley Landowners Association and Poets for the Peace and is one of 50 #forthePeace, a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Peace River Protectors. Find out more at our website: poetsforthepeace.ca 

This event is taking place on traditional Lekwungen Territory.

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