Simply People at Nathan Phillips Square

In Disability, Events, Writing (all kinds) on February 21, 2016 at 3:00 AM

July 11, 2008

Hundreds to gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 22nd at the 5th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto

TORONTO—To mark the 5th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto, Simply People: Celebrating Our Lives & Identities, hundreds will gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 22 from 5:30PM to 9:00PM. This free outdoor event is open for all to attend (rain or shine) and the keynote speakers will include Toronto’s Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Councillor Adrian Heaps.

The evening will be filled with live performances and guest speakers. There will be many display tables by various organizations/groups, along with an experiential learning workshop by diversityworX.

On stage, performers with/without disabilities include: Humorist Libby Thaw, Country Music Singer Christina Doyle, Comedian Nick Reynoldson, R&B Singer Shel-B, DJ Ro, Comedian Andre Arruda, Fire & Black (band), Inertias Course (band) and Pianist JP Pampena (accompanied on guitar by Raj Tribhuwan).

“Our vision is to bring as many people together to celebrate our lives and identities in an inclusive environment of positive synergies and attitudes of being proud,” says Uzma Khan, one of the founders and the lead organizer of this year’s event.

“The bonds that we have created over the past several years have assisted us in reaching this huge milestone in the disability rights movement,” says Julia Munk, another founder of this event.

This event is brought to you by Canada-Wide Accessibility for Post-Secondary Students (CANWAPSS) and friends of CANWAPSS, including LinkUp Employment Services, Abilities Arts Festival, VoicePrint, Easter Seals Canada (Access 2 Entertainment) and diversityworX.

ASL interpretation, attendant care and transcription services will be available onsite.

For more information about this outdoors event, please e-mail the organizers at

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