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  • Catherine MacLellan
    Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada's finest and favourite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She's kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural P.E.I. She's worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative albums, culminating into the Juno Award-winning The Raven's Sun from 2014, to go along with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Most impressively, she has chosen to carve out her career path without trading on her family name. That's really hard to do, when your father is one of the country's most famous songwriters. Gene MacLellan wrote two world-wide, multi-million selling smash hits: “Snowbird” by Anne Murray, and “Put Your Hand in the Hand” by Ocean. There are dozens more gems, including The Call, Bidin' My Time, Shilo Song and The Reunion Song. But Catherine insisted on making it on her own out of her father’s shadow. But now, that's changed. MacLellan has gone from shying away from those songs to fully embracing them, with a stunning new album celebrating her father's musical legacy. If It's Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan contains 13 of her father's most famous compositions, songs that propelled him to fame nearly 50 years ago, and remain the gold standard for Canadian songwriting. With her grace and charm, Catherine MacLellan has captivated audiences since her 2004 solo debut. She's capable of the deepest emotional connections through her intimate lyrics as well as easy-going and light-hearted fun. There's some of all that on If It's Alright By You, as well as some surprising interpretations, a welcome reminder for old fans of her father's, and an introduction for a new generation. If It's Alright By You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan features two generations of Juno Award-winning artists.


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Special Guests

  • Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire — Led UN Peacekeeping Mission During Rwandan Genocide, Portrayed by Nick Nolte in HOTEL RWANDA, Author of SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL
    Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q., M.S.C., C.D., L.O.M. (U.S.), B.ésS., LL.D. (Hon.), D.Sc.Mil (Hon.), D.U. is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated advocate for human rights, especially in regards to child soldiers, veterans, and the prevention of mass atrocities, General Dallaire is also a respected government and UN advisor and former Canadian Senator. Throughout his distinguished military career, General Dallaire served in staff, training, and command positions through North America, Europe, and Africa, rising in rank from Army Cadet in 1960 to Lieutenant-General in 1998. Most notably, General Dallaire was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. General Dallaire provided the United Nations with information about the planned massacre, which ultimately took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days; yet, permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces. General Dallaire, along with a small contingent of Ghanaian soldiers and military observers, disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill their ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge with the UN forces. His courage and leadership during this mission earned him the Meritorious Service Cross, the United States Legion of Merit, the Aegis Award on Genocide Prevention, and the affection and admiration of people around the globe. His defiant dedication to humanity during that mission has been well-documented in films and books, including his own award-winning account: Shake Hands with the Devil: the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. General Dallaire’s 1997 revelation that he suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a direct result of his mission in Rwanda paved the way for destigmatizing this potentially-lethal Operational Stress Injury among military veterans as well as first-responders. Though it led to his being medically released from the Canadian Army in 2000, he has devoted decades of passionate leadership and advocacy to the issue on behalf of other veterans struggling with PTSD, including the publication of his bestselling memoir: Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD. However, with his acclaimed book, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers, General Dallaire proclaimed that the rest of his life will be devoted to the eradication of the use of children in war, and through the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative he continually seeks innovative ways to help end the use of child soldiers. Whether as military commander, humanitarian, senator or author, Roméo Dallaire has penetrated our national consciousness, often in supremely uncomfortable ways. Setting aside his natural reserve, he has felt compelled to bring national and international attention to situations too-often ignored, whether the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, the struggle that he and many other military veterans face with post-traumatic stress disorder, or the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

  • Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim — Recently Released On Sick Bail After 2+ Years In Isolation At North Korean Hard Labour Camp
    Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim immigrated to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea in 1986 and went on to be the longest serving Senior Pastor at the Light Presbyterian Church, currently located in Mississauga, Ontario. Under his leadership, the small five family church grew to become one of Canada’s largest Korean-Canadian congregations with approximately 3000 members. With his CCC background and training, the Light Presbyterian Church became a leader and model for Missions, in particular to the UUPG’s, amongst the Korean Diaspora churches. Reverend Lim has led missions trips and movements in nations such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Israel, China, Brazil, Cuba, Kazakhstan, India, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Mali, Mexico, Jordan, Pakistan, and North Korea to name a few. He has also been invited to speak on numerous occasions in Canada, the US and in South Korea, on the topic of missions, the Korean diaspora, and raising the next generation of leaders. Recently, he was released after being detained in North Korea from February 2015 until August 2017. Prior to his detainment, he has spearheaded an 18 year humanitarian missions to North Korea which included immediate relief, e.g. coats, blankets, food; education, e.g. technology and language; community building projects, e.g. orphanages, nursing homes, noodle factories, etc.; and long-term sustainable projects, e.g. farming, fishing, infrastructure organization, etc. Despite his detainment, he harbours no resentment or bitterness and continues to ask the global Church to keep North Korea in their prayers. He was detained in isolation and sentenced to hard labour, being released on “sick bail” after 2 years, 6 months and 9 days. He hopes to share about his experience to encourage, challenge and inspire others to live with a bold missional heart.


  • Bianka Kraszewski — Holocaust Survivor
    When Bianka was 13 years old, she was hidden away for two years by a Christian couple as the Nazi’s tried to eliminate every single Jew. When this couple went to work, Bianka was left completely alone and unable to go outside the tiny apartment - all day everyday for two years. Her mother would visit once a week to bring books for her to study by herself. Eventually, everyone she knew, including her parents, were killed. Many of them were made to dig trenches and then they were shot and buried in those same trenches . Today, Bianca is 88 years old and joins us in studio to share stories of a time we must remember. Her story has been included in a book called Before All Memory Is Lost - a one-of-a-kind collection of memoirs, poetry and diary excerpts from women Canadian Holocaust survivors. These remarkable stories of courage, terror, family and loss depict the experiences of women facing unimaginable situations and their struggles to save themselves and all they cherish. This is the Holocaust through the eyes of sister survivors.

  • Carl Wilson — Father of Canadian Soldier (Trooper Mark Andrew Wilson) Killed in Afghanistan
    Canada's involvement in Afghanistan convinced Mark to join and it was early 2003 when he went off to basic training at 35 years of age. Had he not been deployed to Afghanistan, his goals would not have been achieved. He embraced the army, from its disciplines and skills, to it's challenges and commitments. Training and exercises for some were trials of endurance, but for Mark they were the personification of his passions. Although he enlisted later in life, he still set the bar high for his younger comrades. Mark, referred to as 'old man Wilson' by most, always scored top marks in all areas of his training. He knew that if he didn't excel above the others, he would take a verbal beating by all his younger comrades. He was a qualified gunner and driver. Once outside the wire, he was part of the ISTAR Squadron, a reconnaissance unit involved in all activities of the Afghan war. During the following weeks and months, he and his unit were fully involved in Operation Medusa. This operation has been quoted as being some of Canada's fiercest and bloodiest battles since the Korean War. Mark was said to be fearless by his fellow comrades, and always volunteered for any duties needed. On October 7th, Mark was manning the gun of an RG31 Nyala, and on an early morning run to pick up a group of RCR Snipers in the Zhari District within the Province of Kandahar. His vehicle was hit by an IED and Mark was killed instantly. No other injuries were reported. Mark loved his job in the military. He fully believed in our mission in Afghanistan, and if he could, he would do it all over again. Mark was 39 years old, weeks away from his 40th birthday. He was Canada's 40th Casualty.

    Being a Principal for thirty years, Mark’s dad Carl Wilson was involved in numerous Remembrance celebrations. Little did he realize that Remembrance Day was to become a central focus in the lives of his own family. “I will never forget that Thanksgiving weekend we were away when Mark died and the events of that traumatic day. As the father of a fallen soldier, I can say that remembering Mark and all the fallen, has been so important to us and to the families of the fallen. Proudly, I can say that the citizens of Canada have been wonderful.” Carl joined the HOPE program, (Helping Others through Peer Empathy) centred in Ottawa, a volunteer group made up of people who have suffered a military loss.

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