Canadian Radio Broadcasters Join Together Sept 30 to Amplify Indigenous Voices with A DAY TO LISTEN

– William Prince and Celeigh Cardinal host the 12-hour special marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation –

– In partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), radio stations throughout Canada unite for a full day of programming dedicated to amplifying and elevating Indigenous voices – – To learn more and find the full list of participating stations, visit adaytolisten.ca – 

TORONTO (September 29, 2022) – In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, radio broadcasters throughout Canada are once again joining together to amplify, elevate, listen to, and learn from Indigenous voices with A DAY TO LISTEN 2022. Produced by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) in partnership withOrbyt Media, listeners can tune in to radio stations across the country on Friday, September 30 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (local time).

 

A DAY TO LISTEN 2022 is hosted by JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriters William Princeand Celeigh Cardinal. Throughout the 12-hour broadcast, listeners will hear stories from Indigenous leaders, residential school Survivors, Elders, musicians, and teachers centred around the theme of “Messages of Hope”. For the full list of interviewees, visit adaytolisten.ca.

 

“The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund isproud to be working in partnership with radio stations throughout Canada to air A DAY TO LISTEN 2022 in recognition of September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” said Sarah Midanik, President and CEO of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. “As we continue to move forward on the path toward reconciliation, we aim to inspire hope for future generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Gord called on people throughout Canada to “Do Something”. At DWF, we hope A DAY TO LISTEN 2022 will inspire all people throughout Canada to take reconciliACTION – meaningful action that moves reconciliation forward.”

 

“We are proud to continue our partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for this important initiative in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” said Heather Edwards, Affiliate Relations, Orbyt Media. “It is a privilege to produce A DAY TO LISTEN for a second year, and unite with broadcasters across the country to share these impactful stories and interviews.”

 

Canadians are invited to visit DWF throughout the day to learn more about their programming, including the Legacy Schools program, which provides schools and educators with free educational tools and resources to teach about the true history of residential schools, unique rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, and reconciliation.

 

The mission of DWF is to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation, and to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all people throughout Canada. Listeners can donate to DWF by visiting downiewenjack.ca or texting DWF to 20222.

 

Radio stations participating in A DAY TO LISTEN 2022 include those from:

  • Acadia Broadcasting

  • Arctic Radio

  • Attic Broadcasting

  • Bayshore Broadcasting

  • Bell Media

  • Blackburn Media Inc.

  • Byrnes Communications Inc.

  • Campus Radio Saint John Inc.

  • Central Ontario Broadcasting

  • Centre Wellington Radio

  • CINB Communications Inc.

  • CKUA Radio

  • Coast Broadcasting

  • Coastal Community Radio

  • Corus Radio Inc.

  • Dauphin Broadcasting Ltd

  • Dougall Media

  • Evanov Communications Inc.

  • Fanshawe College Radio

  • First Peoples Radio

  • Five Amigos Broadcasting Inc.

  • Golden West Broadcasting

  • Harvard Media

  • Hubbards Radio Society

  • Huber Radio Ltd.

  • Humber Communications Community Corporation

  • Hunter's Bay Radio Inc.

  • Jukasa Radio

  • Kahnawake Broadcasting Services

  • Local Radio Lab Inc.

  • Loyalist College Radio

  • Moose FM, Fort St. John

  • My Broadcasting

  • NCRA / ANREC

  • Newfoundland Broadcasting

  • Niagara College

  • Northern Native Broadcasting – Terrace, BC

  • Pattison Media

  • Prince Edward County Radio Corp.

  • Quinte Broadcasting

  • Rawlco Radio

  • Rogers Sports & Media

  • Saugeen Community Radio

  • SiriusXM – Channel 165 The Indigiverse

  • SONICS / CKRZ-FM 100.3 FM

  • Starboard Communications

  • Stingray Radio

  • The Joy Network

  • The Rock 98.5

  • Thunder Bay Information Radio

  • Torres Media

  • Vista Radio

  • Wellport Broadcasting

  • Windspeaker Media Radio Stations

 

To find the full list of participating radio stations, visit adaytolisten.ca.

 

About the Hosts:

William Prince – Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, William Prince approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity, and his songwriting is a masterclass in skilful simplicity. Since his JUNO Award win in 2017, Prince’s momentum has continued to build, with each new album adding depth and dimension to an exceptional body of work that has received international acclaim. From national network television appearances, top-tier media coverage and performances at major international festivals, Prince has become one of the country’s most respected and celebrated songwriters.

 

Celeigh Cardinal – With a confident voice and boundless energy, Celeigh Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion, and love. In 2020, Edmonton, Alberta-based Cardinal was awarded one of Canada’s highest musical accolades: the JUNO Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year. Cardinal has two full-length albums out with her third release in the works. Cardinal is quickly becoming one of the great Canadian voices that make up the fabric of this country’s roots music scene.

 

About the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund 

Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Our goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all people in Canada. Learn more atdowniewenjack.ca and follow on social media @downiewenjack

 

About Orbyt Media

Orbyt Media, a subsidiary of Bell Media, is Canada’s premier content syndication group, providing the most comprehensive lineup of programs and best-in-class broadcast services to more than 380 stations in 155 markets across the country. Orbyt Media delivers the world’s best in talk, entertainment, and sports programming, in addition to industry-leading imaging, production, show prep, and research tools. For more information, please visit OrbytMedia.com.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

For the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund:

Lisa Brody Hoffman, (c) 416-970-3606,lbh@downiewenjack.ca

 

For Orbyt Media and iHeartRadio Canada:

Rob Duffy, 416.802.3319, rob.duffy@bellmedia.ca

Mike Millar, 437.329.9942,mike.millar@bellmedia.ca