Hamilton will soon be home to an incredible new initiative to ease the transition of Syrian Refugees to the city called Welcome to Hamilton.
Presented by Supercrawl on June 3rd, the event has major artists signed on to it’s inaugural year, hailing The National, Hayden, Max from The Arkells, Terra Lighfoot and Kevin Drew, with additional performances by Mother Tareka and Crystal Journey.
Hosted at the New Vision United Church by Ralph Benmergui, Welcome To Hamilton was conceived by Brandon and Amanda Reid; Brandon being The National’s manager (who is a Hamilton resident).
Tickets are $100 each, and go on sale beginning at 10:00am Friday May 13th, available on TickelyFly and Hamilton retailers: Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St., Hamilton), Revolution Records (166 Ottawa St. N., Hamilton) and 11:00am Friday, May 13 at Picks & Sticks Music (140 Locke St. S., Hamilton).
The official press release states:
All of the event’s proceeds will go to fund music, art and recreation programs for newcomer youth in Hamilton and will be dispensed by Wesley Urban Ministries. The agency supports the resettlement of refugees and offers a range of services that assists newcomers in their settlement and integration into Canadian society.
While Syria’s civil war has raged since 2011, the crisis reached a tipping point last year, with an estimated 4.6 million Syrians displaced by conflict in their home country. The exodus represents the world’s single largest refugee crisis in almost a quarter-century, and it has challenged people around the world to help.
Canada has welcomed nearly 27,000 Syrian refugees to date, with Hamilton settling roughly 1,200 of those (more than half of whom are children). Welcome to Hamilton aims to support programs that help these newcomers feel welcomed — inclusive programming that offers newcomer youth opportunities to interact with Canadian kids. Programs supported will be administered by community organizations Centre3 for Print and Media Arts, Soccer World, and An Instrument for Every Child.