Kelly Clarkson set to host Toronto WE Day events

By: Meaghan Wray

There are few sweeter combinations than global action and the arts! WE Day is returning to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for its 10th annual event, and boasts a star-studded line up.Kelly Clarkson is set to host the Sept 28 affair, along with performances by big name celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Hedley and Shawn Hook.

But here’s the catch: youth can’t buy a ticket to the event. Instead, young Canadians are encouraged to take on one local and one global initiative of their choice to earn their spot in the audience. Along with the celebrity performances, the crowd will be treated to inspirational speeches by Canadian Olympian Andre De Grasse and international activists and WE Day founders Craig and Marc Kielburger.

Though all of this happens on one day, the message of the event lasts much longer than that. It’s connected to the free, year-long educational program WE School, which provides communities with curriculum, resources and campaigns to get Canadian kids involved in global action.

WE Day falls duringPrince Harry’s Invictus Games, an annual Paralympic-style event honouring veteran athletes who have been injured while serving their respective countries. Last year, theGames announced a partnership with WE Day, prompting some healthy suspicion that the prince might make an appearance this year!

In addition to her hosting duties, Kelly will also be performing at Invictus’s closing ceremony, alongside Bruce Springsteen. Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams and Alessia Cara will kick off the games at the opening ceremonies on Sept. 23. In a press release, “The Boss” reflected on the Games and its athletes, saying, “It's not just about the hurdles that competitors experienced during competition, but about overcoming the obstacles that life has presented them.”

The prince was inspired to create the games after attending the Warrior Gamesin the US back in 2013. While there, the royal watched wounded service men and women show off their strength while playing a series of sports. Being that the UK didn't have a similar program, Harry decided to spearhead an international version of the sporting tournament. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in the fall of 2014.

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