Prominent speakers and well-known entertainers will join forces on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 pm to show their support for public broadcasting, and to encourage an end to the CBC lockout. This public event will take place at Massey Hall in Toronto and admission is free.

Noted speakers will include: authors Alice Munro and June Callwood, former Prime Minister Joe Clark, Nobel Prize-winning scientist John Polanyi and well-known actor R.H. Thomson. Some of the entertainers performing are: Air Farce, members of Moxy Fruvous, Mark Eisenman Jazz Trio with Bonnie Brett, baritone Russell Braun and tenor Benjamin Butterfield, Slim and Donné with Ndidi Onukwulu, and more special guests.

On August 15, the CBC locked out 5,500 employees across the country during contract negotiations with the Canadian Media Guild. The two sides have since resumed talks, but to date there is no resolution.

If the lockout has ended by September 21, this event will be cancelled. Please check for more information or call 416âe”644âe”1519 for up-to-date information.

The event is being organized with the leadership of ACTRA and the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and sponsored by a non-partisan coalition of arts, cultural, labour, advocacy organizations that believe in public broadcasting in Canada.

Sponsors include: ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society, American Federation of Musicians, Association of Canadian Publishers, Canadian Actors Equity Association, Canadian Auto Workers, Canadian Conference of the Arts, Canadian Labour Congress, Communications Energy and Paperworkers, Council of Canadians, International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, Ontario Federation of Labour, Toronto Musicians Association, Writers Guild of Canada, Writersâe(TM) Union of Canada and the United Steelworkers.