CANADA’S GREATEST EXPORT: Artist Jennifer Awad & Reflections on Healing

Last night and tonight at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District there is an exhibit and silent auction of work by artist Jennifer Awad. The money raised goes $1 for $1 to be distributed amongst families that have been impacted by the violence in Afghanistan including the families of the Canadian troops killed in Afghanistan.

Last night’s words and short screening of a clip of “Freedom Fighter” made for subject matter that is hard to swallow but as Jennifer spoke as to her reasons why she painted this collection of work she shared a reflection that Mixed Bag Mag keeps hearing from others. Jennifer feels that Canada offers a place where people can come to heal. Mixed Bag Mag agrees! With a society that is open to new voices and new ideas we can progress towards deep transformation.

And this just may be our best export –  the ‘Canadian attitude’ that goes beyond “tolerance” to actual celebration of each other’s stories, layered histories, and multiple motherlands!

ARTA GALLERY Tonight @ 7:30 pm
The Distillery District
55 Mill Street #102
M5A 3C4

Honourable Mention! Thanks to Twin Fish catering for providing THE BEST SPRING ROLLS & Sabine Ndalambe for being a smooth operator on guitar!

Follow Jennifer on twitter @jenniferawad
More information on One Free World on their website
Follow “Freedom Fighter” Majed El Shafie on facebook  and twitter @MajedElShafie

WANT TO HELP? You can make a donation to One Free World here!

Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.