Itâ€™s like a Bono humanitarian concert for teens and tweens. We Day is an annual youth empowered rally by Free The Children, an organization that aims to fight child labor. This year, We Day started out in two different venues and dates in Canadaâ€”September 29 at Vancouverâ€™s GM Place and October 5 at Torontoâ€™s Air Canada Centre. The third and final set will be on November 5 at the Hamilton Place.
Some 16,000 students and teachers attended the musical event. Guest performers such as The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Hedley and dancers from So You Think You Can Dance Canada were received with ear-splitting cheers from the crowd.
The event wasnâ€™t just about a cool concert. The kids and teens in attendance were in full support of the organizationâ€™s causeâ€”to make tangible actions that make a better world, especially for children. Humanitarians, environmentalists, motivational speakers and politicians were greeted like rockstars at the event.
SOS call: The Jonas Brothers made a surprise appearance.
Justin Bieber performed the acoustic version of his hit â€œOne Timeâ€ at We Day.
â€œWe share with our team and we truly believe itâ€™s not about us. Itâ€™s about the issues and we share that with all the young people,â€ said Marc Kielburger, one of the founders of Free The Children. â€œWeâ€™re just happy that the young people feel that itâ€™s really cool to get socially engaged and what weâ€™re fighting most of all is weâ€™re fighting apathy.â€
â€œEveryday action is our message and people respond to that message because theyâ€™re really searching to bring about a positive change in this world,â€ added co-founder Craig Kielburger.
With the success of the rally, it looks like the kids heard the message loud and clear.
For more info about helping fight child labor, visit www.freethechildren.com.
If you havenâ€™t seen his video or listened to his tracks yet, then you must be hiding under a rock. At 15, Justin Bieber is taking Hollywood by storm with â€œOne Time.â€
His story is that of your typical YouTube sensation. Three years ago, the then 12-year-old Canadian joined a local singing competition called Stratford Idol and won second place. He wanted to share his victory with his friends and family who didnâ€™t get to see the show, so he posted his videos on YouTube.
â€œBut it turned out that other people liked them and they started subscribing to them,â€ said Justin. â€œThatâ€™s how my manager found me. He saw me on YouTube and contacted my family and now Iâ€™m signed!â€
Itâ€™s not everyday that a 15-year-old gets signed by R&B singer Usher. In October 2008, Justin was torn between signing for Justin Timberlake and Usher. â€œIt turned out Usherâ€™s deal was way better,â€ Justin revealed. â€œBut I still would like to work on a collaboration with Justin in the future,â€ he said during a phone-in interview with Ryan Seacrest.
â€œThings are just happening so fast,â€ he added. Itâ€™s been less than a year since Justin signed to Island Records, and heâ€™s already making the Hollywood rounds. Numerous TV and radio guestings, red carpet appearances, a debut album, a music video, and 535,000+ facebook fans are keeping this lad busy.
His recent stint involves making his â€œFavorite Girlâ€ happy. Justin hollered at Tricia Matibag, winner of his MTV VMA red carpet shout-out competition. Check out this ultimate fanâ€™s winning video entry:
Get the Bieber fever!
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