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Lineup shaping up for festival to kick off Wednesday in St. John's

It is set to be a "five-day cultural experience" here, to support people in need in Haiti.

The "Hearts for Haiti" fundraising festival begins Wednesday at the Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral St., with a screening of the documentary "Poto Mitan" supported by the St. John's International Women's Film Festival. Tickets are $10 at the door and doors open at 7 p.m.

"Poto Mitan" tells the story of five female workers in Haiti, benefiting from collective action. The film will be followed by a discussion and music.

It is set to be a "five-day cultural experience" here, to support people in need in Haiti.

The "Hearts for Haiti" fundraising festival begins Wednesday at the Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral St., with a screening of the documentary "Poto Mitan" supported by the St. John's International Women's Film Festival. Tickets are $10 at the door and doors open at 7 p.m.

"Poto Mitan" tells the story of five female workers in Haiti, benefiting from collective action. The film will be followed by a discussion and music.

The "Hearts for Haiti" festival will continue through Sunday with musical marathons, visual art displays, theatrical performances, creative dance, circus performers, magicians, arts and craft displays and more.

Scheduled performers to date include Ron Hynes, Amy House, Colleen Power, Gary Summers, Liz Solo, The Dogberries and Beni Malone (see sidebar for complete listing).

The performers list will be updated again Wednesday and any schedule changes will be posted at the Hearts for Haiti website: www.heartsforhaitinl.com.

All proceeds from the five days of events are being donated to the Red Cross.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com




Performers list to date

Amy House
Artist - Sue Lidstone
Ashelin Girls
Beni Malone and Wonderbolt Circus
Billy and Bruisers
Bollywood Jig Troupe
Brett Vey
Byron Cooper's Brass Connections
Calvin Powell
Colleen Power
Con O'Brien
Danny Mills
Darcy Broderick
Dean Boland - musician
Denis Parker - bluesman
Don-E Coady
Face Painters
Gary Summers - magician/hypnotist
Gracie Wells Smith
Hugh Scott -musician
iDance Shawn Silver Irish Dancing
Jonathan Reid
Kate Best
Liz Solo
Meg Herder
Mike Hanrahan
Neighbourhood Strays Belly Dancers/Diane Leadbeater
Paddy Barry
Peter Halley
Melanie Smith - portrait artist
Rhonda Barrett
Ron Hynes
Sharona Clarke - musician
Sheila Williams
Shelley Neville
Terry Rielly
The Finders (Gareth Griffiths Band)
Ron Pumphrey
The Dogberries
The New Zazou
The schedule as it stands
Wednesday, Jan. 27 - The St. John's International Women's Film Festival presents the film "Poto Mitan." Doors open 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28 - Spirit of Newfoundland presents "Stucco in the '80s."
Friday, Jan. 29 - Wall-to-wall music from 4-12 p.m. featuring soloists, duos, trios and dance bands. Schedule to be announced.
Saturday, Jan. 30 - Family Day events from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The afternoon's entertainment includes Terry Rielly, circus performers, a magician, arts and crafts, musicians and singers.
Doors re-open at 6 p.m. for a night of comedy, musicians, DJs, cabaret, creative dance and dance bands. Schedule to be announced.
Sunday, Jan. 31 - At noon, the MUN School of Music presents "Schumann in Love/Loss" with classical performers Shelley Neville, Tom Gordon, Calvin Powell, Jonathan Reid and Meg Herder. At 1 p.m., local gospel musicians take the stage. At 2 p.m., visual artist Allain Portel presents his work in an exhibition accompanied by musicians from the School of Music. At 6 p.m. doors open again for finale performances to be announced.

Organizations: Amy House, Hearts for Haiti, Red Cross MUN School School of Music

Geographic location: Haiti, St. John's, Newfoundland

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  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Leave it to our taxpayer-funded artsies to ask us to give money to a foreign government. Is Lorraine Michaels and Jack Harris behind this? They should be performing to raise funds for those charities at home in NEWFOUNDLAND!

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    You are a hideous little thing, Taxpayer. I look forward to the entertainment and am grateful that we have such wonderful and generous talent.

  • Grant
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Maybe iam missing something here, but 80 percent of the people in haiti is roman catholic and i havent heard what they are doing, or heard from any of the leaders or the pope. unbelievable.

  • Amazed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    @ Taxpayer. Shame on you. The artists are performing to help those in need. Have you even looked at the devastation that happened in that country? It's NOT all about you poor taxpayer. It's not all about you.

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Leave it to our taxpayer-funded artsies to ask us to give money to a foreign government. Is Lorraine Michaels and Jack Harris behind this? They should be performing to raise funds for those charities at home in NEWFOUNDLAND!

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    You are a hideous little thing, Taxpayer. I look forward to the entertainment and am grateful that we have such wonderful and generous talent.

  • Grant
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Maybe iam missing something here, but 80 percent of the people in haiti is roman catholic and i havent heard what they are doing, or heard from any of the leaders or the pope. unbelievable.

  • Amazed
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    @ Taxpayer. Shame on you. The artists are performing to help those in need. Have you even looked at the devastation that happened in that country? It's NOT all about you poor taxpayer. It's not all about you.