Nick Ternette had one last word for Winnipeg, and singers such as Fred Penner are going onstage to give it next weekend.
It was the wish of the late social activist to host a benefit concert, Winnipeg Harvest said in an announcement on behalf of Ternette's widow Emily Ternette.
Juno-award-winning entertainer Penner will headline an all-star ensemble paying tribute to Ternette at the West End Cultural Centre next Sunday afternoon, April 7, the announcement said. Doors open at 1 p.m.
The concert, dubbed Rebel Without a Pause: Celebrating Nick Ternette, will fulfil 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 member of the Order of Canada and longtime friend of Ternette's, will be joined on stage by:
-- Adi Sara Kreindler, whose satirical YouTube song, Thank You, Jason Kenney, was recently featured in the Free Press;
-- The Winnipeg Labour Choir, which performed a special concert for Ternette and other patients when he was recovering in hospital from his 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.
Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Ternette Memorial Fund, supporting projects related to social justice, community development, urban politics and ecology.
Ternette died earlier this month after a lifetime of speaking up for panhandlers and squeegee kids, refugees, victims of violence, people on welfare and other low-income Manitobans. He ran for office more than 20 times and made more presentations at city council than any citizen.