Actors Jacob Tremblay and Martin Sheen will take the stage at this year’s WE Day event in Vancouver, alongside a whole host of other speakers and performers.
The event is part of global WE Day—the world’s largest youth empowerment event—aimed at igniting millions of youth to build a more caring and compassionate world.
This year WE Day is on October 18, and will celebrate Generation WE, “a generation filled with young people coming together to show their strength in numbers.”
In Vancouver, 20,000 young people will be attending the event, having earned tickets to the event by taking action on local and global causes.
“WE Day celebrates a generation of empowered youth, who have come together in the hope that the world can be better a place,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE, in a release.
“You couldn’t imagine a more incredible energy as the stadium fills with the country’s next generation of change-makers, committed to making a lasting difference across the globe.”
According to Kielburger, this year alone, more than 1,080 schools and youth groups from across BC proved that “together, we can make doing good, doable.”
WE Day Vancouver welcome a wide range of speakers and performers, including Jacob Tremblay and Martin Sheen, who have both spoken at WE Day before.
Vancouver-born child actor Tremblay is most famous for his role in the acclaimed movie Room and will appear next year in the fourth instalment of the Predator franchise.
At the other end of the age spectrum, Sheen is a multi awardwinning actor, known for his roles in classics like Apocalypse Now, The Departed, and The Thin Red Line.
More recently, Sheen has gained prominence for playing US President Josiah Bartlet in hugely popular TV show, The West Wing.
As a long-time activist, Sheen has been an ardent supporter of causes that advocate peace and encourage justice throughout the world.
Other speakers and performers at WE Day Vancouver include:
- Kerry Kennedy – long-time human rights campaigner, author, and president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization.
- Craig and Marc Kielburger – international activists and co-founders of the WE Movement
- Alexandre ‘Sacha’ Trudeau – documentary filmmaker and journalist with experience in wartorn areas around the world, and brother of Justin Trudeau.
- Spencer West – ME to WE motivational speaker, WE ambassador and author, who lost both legs at the age of five.
- Silken Laumann – a Canadian champion rower and public speaker
- David Patchell-Evans – founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness Clubs
- Valerie ‘Val’ Weisler – founder of the Validation Project, which works with 6,000 teenagers in 105 countries to solve social justice issues.
- Carol Todd – bullying campaigner, whose daughter Amanda took her own life after becoming a victim of cyberbullying and online exploitation.
- Sarah Wells – Canadian Olympic hurdler and silver medallist in the 2015 Pan American Games, who promotes youth participation in sport.
- Hedley – Canadian pop-rock group and ambassadors for Free The Children, previously volunteered in Kenya and India.
- Kenyan Boys Choir – one of Kenya’s most celebrated musical groups, and longtime supporters of WE Day.
- SonReal – Juno Award-nominated musician hailing from Vernon, BC, who rose to fame through his viral YouTube videos
- Grace VanderWaal – young singer-singwriter, who rose to fame perfoming with her signature ukelele on America’s Got Talent.
- Celebrity Marauders – international DJ collective including Kardinal Offishall, Cipha Sounds, DJ Starting From Scratch and Dready
WE Day Vancouver will take place at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, October 18. If you don’t have a ticket, you can watch live at we.org/watch-we-day.