(Dominic Laporte created a tribute to frontline workers with his mural viewed alongside the Vanier Parkway. Photo: YouTube video – Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen)
Watch some of Canada’s best comedians livestream Laughs For The Front in support of the Frontline Fund on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8:00 – 9:30 pm brought to you from SAIRYŌ. The livestream will include comedians from across Canada focused on raising funds for the Frontline Fund, a consortium of over 160 Canadian hospital foundations, including those in Ottawa.
The comedians will bring much needed laughs and stress relief to Canadians. Those included in the lineup are: Tommy Chong, Leonard Chan, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Dan Allaire, Chris Yuill, Corey Hartlen and Precious Chong. “Every Canadian has been impacted over the last few months, that’s why we as artists are coming together to support front line workers and hospitals across Canada,” says Tommy Chong. Toronto’s Adrienne Fish will be the Master of Ceremonies.
The event poster graphic for Laughs for the Front was created using a mural designed by Ottawa artist Dom Laporte. He created the mural in tribute to Ottawa’s frontline hospital workers fighting COVID-19. The artwork can be found along the Vanier Parkway.
The funds raised will be used to support the highest-priority needs — supplies, supports and research. Ottawa hospitals taking part in the Frontline Fund initiative are:
- Bruyère Foundation
- Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation
- Montfort Hospital Foundation
- Ottawa Hospital Foundation
- Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation
- The Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation
- University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation
SAIRYŌ is a creative music label and digital platform providing artists of any kind a new and innovative way to livestream. “COVID is a long-term threat and frontline workers still need our help, the collective SAIRYŌ artist community is passionate in supporting via these events, our creative work or via our digital platform,” says Fazal Sadikali co-founder of SAIRYŌ.