Serena Ryder, Bear Witness to Play Toronto Wet'suwet'en Benefit Show

Chantal Kreviazuk, Julian Taylor, Witch Prophet, Cris Derksen and more will also perform

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 25, 2020

In solidarity with action taking place on unceded and sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory and in support of the hereditary chiefs and land defenders, the International Indigenous Music Summit is launching a benefit concert series in Toronto this week.

The "We Are the Stronghold" benefit, set to take place at Toronto's Great Hall on Thursday (February 27), will work to "amplify and hold space for collaboration and collective action in support of Wet'suwet'en" through an evening of music, ceremony and celebration.

Artists set to take part in the Toronto event include (in alphabetical order) Amanda Rheaume, A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness, Chantal Kreviazuk, Cris Derksen, Charging Horse Singers, Digging Roots, Julian Taylor, New Tradition Music, Sarain Fox, Serena Ryder, Witch Prophet, Zoey Pricelys Roy and more.

Proceeds from the evening will support Raven Trust, the legal defence fund of Wet'suwet'en protectors of land, air and water.

"We are very proud to be a part of an amazing network of artists and creatives around the globe who are answering the call for peaceful and respectful action," International Indigenous Music Summit and We Are the Stronghold organizer ShoShona Kish said in a statement.

"This is the movement of our time. Our collective response to the critical issues of Indigenous rights, climate change, and the growing political and social divisiveness, will be our legacy. We stand in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en and raise our voices for the land, the water, and past, present and future generations."

Further event ticketing and legal fund donation information can be found here.

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