May 02, 2020 / Communities Across Canada

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May 2nd Event Speakers & Artists

The Hunter Brothers - Performing for the National Stay at Home Gala on May 2, 2020
Performing Artist

Hunter Brothers

Tanika Charles - Stay at Home Gala 2020
Performing Artist

Tanika Charles

Once a Tree - Stay at Home Gala 2020
Performing Artist

Once a Tree

Hayley Wickenheiser - Stay at Home Gala 2020
Keynote Speaker

Hayley Wickenheiser

Lane Merrifield - Stay at Home Gala 2020
Keynote Speaker

Lane Merrifield

Andre Picard - Stay at Home Gala 2020
Keynote Speaker

Andre Picard

Chief Gibby Jacob - Speaker at Stay at Home Gala
Welcome / Blessing

Chief Gilbert Jacob

Erin Cebula - Stay at Home Gala 2020
Emcee / Host

Erin Cebula

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod - Presenting at the Stay at Home Gala on May 2 across Canada

Hal and Joanne

Barney Bentall - Stay at Home Gala National Performance on May 02, 2020
Performing Artist

Barney Bentall

Supported By

Erin Cebula

Erin Cebula wears many hats. She’s a Leo nominated TV Host and producer, a sought after emcee and travel writer and the Content Creator and Culture Builder at Blu Realty. This intrepid dabbler began her TV journey in 2000; landing the coveted role of Arts/Entertainment Reporter at Global BC. Erin then went on to host the Vancouver talk show Urban Rush, HGTV Canada’s feel good hit Makeover Wish and Entertainment Tonight Canada. During her 12 year stint on Canada’s #1 Entertainment show, this curious connector covered everything from the Oscars to the Junos, and fronted national Network specials for SURVIVOR, and History Channel’s VIKINGS. From 2015-2017 Erin co-hosted the only female fronted Survivor Podcast with legendary castaway Parvati Shallow.

This former farm girl and Chatty Cathy (believe us, she can talk :)) also lends her trademark spark to live events and campaigns for BC Children’s Hospital Lottery, The BC SPCA, Whistler Tourism, Eco Fashion Week, TEDX Kelowna, Skookum Festival, Black Hills Winery, and World Vision. Behind the camera, this globetrotter and smile seeker uncovers unique hotspots around the world for Drift and Vancouver Living Magazines.

Erin resides in Vancouver with her husband and rescue pup Pickles.

Hunter Brothers

Growing up in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty -- a.k.a. the Hunter Brothers -- cared about three things: hockey, music and farming. When they weren't working the fields, the five siblings spent summers singing gospel across Canada and the U.S., while winters were for hockey. Eventually, the brothers would play for major teams, including the Kelowna Rockets and the Edmonton Oilers.

Over the years, the brothers continued to find themselves drawn to the singing that united them in their childhood. Hours of youth spent mirroring Jackson 5 videos ignited a passion for performing from a young age, and naturally, an organic pop-meets-country sound emerged. There was something special in the brotherly harmonies. And soon, as the brothers went on to win six SCMA music awards, and seven CCMA Award nominations, the world would know it too.

2019 saw this multitalented group on the rise. Their record State of Mind was the #1 selling country album in Canada for four consecutive weeks following its release, and has amassed over 10 million streams worldwide. Earlier in 2019, the Hunter Brothers joined country superstars Paul Brandt, Jess Moskaluke and High Valley for The Journey Tour on 26 dates across Canada. They debuted at CMA Fest in Nashville, and also landed an impressive three CCMA Award nominations.

Tanika Charles

Formerly known as the best kept secret in soul music, Toronto-based singer Tanika Charles has become a staple of the scene both at home and abroad. Her music revels in honesty and attitude. Her live show is high energy and endearing. The 2x Juno Award nominated and 2x Polaris Prize long-listed singer continues to win audiences over one stream, one Shazam and one encore at a time.

Backed by her band The Wonderfuls, Tanika has embarked on 5 international tours across 9 countries since releasing Soul Run, including 70+ headlining performances. Together they oscillate between faithful recreations of her studio recordings and cross genre nods to rock, gospel and country influences. In 2019 she had the honour of being named the inaugural Polaris artist-in-residence for 2020 at the Studio Bell National Music Centre.

Once a Tree

Once A Tree is an electronic music duo made up of Jayli Wolf and Hayden Wolf. With heartfelt lyrics forged from their personal experiences, the couple released their debut album Phoenix in November of 2017.

The two met while leaving the dooms day religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. They fell in love and began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. When Jayli won a songwriting competition, the two were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video. They arrived in the city with two suitcases and a guitar; looking for a fresh start and determined to pursue their dreams.

After relocating to Toronto, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project where he was able to hone his music production skills. The two began to evolve their sound, infusing mellow beats with dream pop melodies. Once A Tree was born.

Hayley Wickenheiser

Olympic gold medalist, author and motivational speaker

Seven World Championships; Six Olympic appearances; Five Olympic medals; Four Olympic Gold medals – Hayley Wickenheiser is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice.

Considered one of the best female players in the game, her hockey IQ is highly respected in all areas of both the male and female game. She has played in or coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first woman in history to have done so. She is also still holds the record for the most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National team.

Hayley joined the Canadian National Women’s Team at just 15 years old and had a career spanning 23 years, retiring in 2017 to begin her pursuit of a career in medicine, which she is currently studying at the University of Calgary. She is a member of the Order of Canada, a member of the IOC Athlete’s Commission, Founder of The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, the Vice Chair of the Calgary 2026 Bid Committee and most importantly, a mom to her grown son Noah.

Lane Merrifield

The newest “dragon” to join CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den, Lane Merrifield is one of Canada’s leading tech entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Club Penguin, the largest children’s online social network. At age 28, he sold it to Disney for $350 million, and, as their youngest executive vice president, turned it into a billion- dollar brand.

In 2012, Lane returned to his entrepreneurial roots and launched FreshGrade, a learning assessment tool that connects teachers, parents, and students to help personalize and improve learning. It’s now used in 80% of districts across Canada. Lane is also the founder of Wheelhouse, an organization that invests in and supports early-stage tech companies and entrepreneurs through mentorship, access to capital, and connections to global business networks.

Under his leadership, Lane’s teams have won dozens of awards including a Webby and the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) award for Club Penguin. Lane is also the recipient of an Honorary Fellows Award, Business Leader of the Year, and was named as one of the “Top 35 Executives Under 35” by The Hollywood Reporter. Lane currently sits on the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation board and is an advisor for Dreamscape Immersive and several other startups.

Andre Picard

André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books.André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism.

He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

Chief Gilbert Jacob

Squamish Nation hereditary Chief Gilbert "Gibby" Jacob is one of the most influential Native leaders in Canada. He is a man with quiet power and was twice recognized as a significant member of society and honoured with Vancouver Magazine's Power 50 Award.

Chief Gibby Jacob helped broker the deal that established the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, the CLC and MST Lands Partnership as well as the Olympic land Legacy and amongst other Legacies that resulted in the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations gaining several tracts of land in the Whistler community – including the Baxter Creek area above the Rainbow subdivision that is being developed for housing.

Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan is a poet, author and performer. He performed at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, where an audience of more than 1 billion people worldwide heard his piece “We Are More.”

He has published three books: Stickboy, Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty and Visiting Hours, selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists.

In 2012, he released a full-length album with his band Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. The album includes the viral hit “To This Day,” which explores the anguish of anyone who grew up feeling different or just a little bit alone. To bring visual life to this image-rich poem, Koyczan invited artists from around the world to contribute 20-second segments of animation to the project.

Hal Johnson & Joanne McLeod

For over 30 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod have been encouraging Canadians to live a healthy, active lifestyle. They show just how practical and easy it is to do. A few years ago, they put their motto “Keep Fit & Have Fun” to the test on Season 1 of The Amazing Race Canada and most recently, they received from the Governor General of Canada, the Meritorious Service Medal for their years of dedication to helping Canadians.

Barney Bentall

Canadian pop/rock singer-songwriter who is most well known for his 1990s-era band, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts. The bands hit Canadian singles included "Something to Live For", "Life Could Be Worse", "Crime Against Love" and "Come Back to Me". Bentall recorded and toured with his band, the Legendary Hearts, for ten years before teaming up with Ulrich again in 2010 to form The High Bar Gang, a bluegrass-styled band. After a half decade layoff from recording on his own, Barney Bentall has recently returned with his finest, his most powerful, and most incisive album to date, The Drifter & The Preacher on True North Records. A rugged, fiercely ambitious work, The Drifter & The Preacher combines an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of a public figure coming to terms with his ordered life as a musician, as a songwriter, as a husband, as a father, and as a son while turning in his most urgent, and forceful performance in memory.

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