Tom Jackson — Actor, Recording Artist, ActivistNow, at an age when most are pulling back, the 69-year-old Tom Jackson is barrelling towards the busiest and most glittering chapter in his towering 40-plus year run at the forefront of contemporary film, TV, and music. His remarkable career includes countless marquee TV roles on hit shows like North of 60, Shining Time Station, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Law & Order, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Street Legal, and Relic Hunter. His big screen appearances include a forthcoming thriller (title TBD) opposite Liam Neeson. The Irish actor joins a long and very boldface list of onetime Jackson colleagues like Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek (Deadfall), Bruce Greenwood (Mee-Shee: The Water Giant), and Bryan Brown (Grizzly Falls). Notably, many small and big-screen parts have leveraged Jackson’s Indigenous heritage for their dynamic characters; still others have employed his mellifluous tones for voiceovers. Born to an English father and Cree mother, Tom carries the legacy of his parents’ selfless manner of keeping the door open for anyone who might need a meal or a conversation. While living on the streets of Winnipeg, his personal search for identity led to bonds with those outcast and marginalized. His voice became his way off the streets – figuratively and literally – and into radio stations, television studios, film sets and theatres. Penned the master of disaster, or minstrel with a message, it’s music – his first love – that draws him to create change with the touch of a song, a poem, a musical or a concert tour. Most often known for his annual Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series. Tom’s latest album, The Essential Tom Jackson, is a dazzling two-disc, 21-track retrospective, spotlighting Jackson’s inimitable talent as a folk-pop singer/songwriter of the highest order and an artist intrinsically linked to the world around him, both the real and the ethereal. He has been inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and received the 2007 Juno Humanitarian Award and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2014, as well as the 2007 Gemini Humanitarian Award.
Frank Ostaseski — End Of Life Care Pioneer, Author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. An internationally respected Buddhist teacher, Frank Ostaseski is the visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and Metta Institute. He has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. He has trained countless clinicians and caregivers in the art of mindful and compassionate care. In The Five Invitations, he distills the lessons gleaned over decades of selfless service offering an evocative and stirring guide that points to a radical path to transformation.
The Five Invitations:
Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing
Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience
Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things
Cultivate Don’t Know Mind
*Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama.
Flor Edwards — Ex-Apocalyptic Cult Member of The Children Of God, Author of Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times.Flor Edwards was born into a cult. She spent her entire childhood preparing for the apocalypse that would never come. Despite being denied a traditional education as a child such as learning to read and write, she took it upon herself to complete high school, complete an MFA in creative writing, and pen a moving debut memoir, Apocalypse Child. This memoir details her early life as a member of The Children of God. The group's nomadic existence was based on the belief that, as God's chosen people, they would be saved in the impending apocalypse that would envelop the rest of the world in 1993. Flor would be 12 years old. The group's charismatic leader, Father David, kept the family on the move, from Los Angeles to Bangkok to Chicago, where they would eventually disband, leaving Flor to make sense of the foreign world of mainstream society around her. Apocalypse Child is a cathartic journey through Flor's memories of growing up within a group with unconventional views on education, religion, and sex. Whimsically referring to herself as a real-life Kimmy Schmidt, Edwards' clear-eyed memoir is a story of survival in a childhood lived on the fringes.
*With Special Guest Co-Host: Lorelei Bachman
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Avery RaquelCanadian, singer/songwriter and recording artist Avery Raquel, started in the entertainment industry at a very young age. From television and radio, to animation, voice-over work and a number of professional stage productions across Canada, Avery’s passion for performing grew. Influenced by such Jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, and Carmen McRae, her second album focused on Avery’s jazz vocal style, while creating a contemporary Soul sound, reminiscent of artists like Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae and Amy Winehouse. Now, one year later, Avery is releasing her 3rd solo project, ‘My Heart Away’. Comprised of all original music, one can discern that Avery has matured into a strong songwriter, with catchy melodies, strong lyrics and a real sense of musicality, not often seen from someone so young. This 3rd album further moves Avery from her Jazz roots into more mainstream Soul/ RnB, which is exactly where she wants to be. The first single from that album, ‘Come Right Back To You’ debuted on the iTunes Canada Top 200 RnB/Soul song chart at #23. As a performer, Avery has taken the stage across North America, including at some famed New York City clubs like Birdland Jazz club, Metropolitan Room and Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret, as well as top Canadian venues like Koerner Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room, and many more. Avery Raquel has also garnered numerous vocal awards over the years, and has excelled on the festival circuit too, delivering winning performances across North America, including with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute on the Newport Jazz Festival stage in Rhode Island USA, as well as at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival, Brantford International Jazz Festival, TD Niagara Jazz Festival, and South Coast Jazz Festival, as well as other prominent music festivals in Ontario including Riverfest Elora and Beatlesfest in London. She has also been fortunate to the share the stage and studio with the likes of Juno and Grammy winning artist David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Matt Dusk, Lou Pomanti, Holly Cole, June Garber, and other prominent International artists. She’s even performed the national anthem in front of 43,000 people at a Toronto Blue Jays game. www.averyraquel.com
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