Friday, April 25, 2008


Michael Ondaatje, one of the world's foremost writers, joins the list of artists including Bruce Cockburn, Susan Aglukark, David Francey, Jenny Whiteley, Steven Heighton, Joey Wright, Terry Tufts, Unity and the Algonquin Drummers who will perform at the Artists for Bob Lovelace benefit concert on 7 p.m., Saturday, June 14th at Sydenham St. United Church. Bob Lovelace is the father, retired chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and Queen's University professor, who has been imprisoned for his peaceful opposition to uranium mining in North Frontenac. All proceeds from the benefit concert will go to Bob Lovelace through a trust fund established for him by OPIRG Kingston.

Michael Ondaatje, awarded the Order of Canada and the Booker Prize (the highest honour in the English-language) has written four collections of poetry and his novels include Divisadero (just released in paperback by Vintage Canada,) Anil's Ghost, The English Patient, In the Skin of a Lion and Coming Through Slaughter. Bruce Cockburn, an officer of the Order of Canada, has earned 20 gold and platinum records in Canada, 11 Juno Awards and is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Inuit singer-songwriter, Susan Aglukark, also awarded the Order of Canada is a multiple Juno Award winner as are singer-songwriters David Francey and Jenny Whiteley.

Unreserved seating is $30. Limited Free Bob Lovelace Supporter tickets are $100. And include preferred seating, Artists For The Algonquin compilation CD and a pass to the artist after-show party. Tickets are available at Brian's Record Option, Novel Idea, Tara Natural Foods and The Grand Theatre Box Office at City Hall, phone: 613- 530-2050. For online ordering contact:

• ARTISTS FOR BOB LOVELACE CONCERT: Paul Gervan [email protected] 613-387-3579
• ARDOCH ALGONQUIN FIRST NATION: Candy Bilow [email protected]

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