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Benefit concert to celebrate life of Nick Ternette

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The longtime activist Nick Ternette has one last word for Winnipeggers -- and entertainers will share it next weekend at the West End Cultural Centre.

Juno-award winning entertainer Fred Penner will headline an ensemble paying tribute to late activist at a benefit concert April 7, Winnipeg Harvest said Thursday in a release issued on behalf of Ternette’s widow Emily.

The concert, dubbed "Rebel Without a Pause: Celebrating Nick Ternette" will fulfill one of Ternette’s wishes – that the people of Winnipeg enjoy a free concert while reflecting on the causes he fought for all his life.

Penner, a long-time friend of Ternette’s, will be joined on stage by:

  • Adi Sara Kreindler, whose viral YouTube video Thank You, Jason Kenney, satirically thanked the federal immigration minister for taking away health benefits from refugees;
  • The Winnipeg Labour Choir, which performed a special concert for Ternette and other patients when he was recovering in hospital from leg amputations;
  • Yvette Berger, a pianist and friend of Ternette’s, who will perform The Internationale, one of Ternette’s favourite songs;
  • Harry Havey and Karen Dana, a folk-singing duo much admired by Ternette.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Ternette Memorial Fund, which funds projects related to social justice, community development, urban politics and ecology.

Nick Ternette died earlier this month after a lifetime of fighting for social-justice issues, including rights for panhandlers, refugees, victims of violence, people on welfare and other low-income Manitobans.

He ran for office more than 20 times, made more presentations at city council than any other citizen, and strongly enouraged others to become involved in their communities.

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