WE Day came storming back through Vancouver on Tuesday to empower a new arena-sized batch of youth via the dedication of the WE Charity, a Canadian charity founded by brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger.
The event kicked off with an intense performance by the Harbour Dance Crew, which stirred the excitement in the young crowd.
The day rolled on as a stream of emblazoned and touching monologues were presented by a varying array of speakers. Each one inciting a loud, visceral response from the audience.
American basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke about the importance of communicating your anger in a way that it can build a conversation.
Vancouver WE Day founder Lorne Segal encouraged the spirit of giving back and helping others with a touching tribute to his father, Joe Segal.
The attendees were also treated to a number of musical performances.
Canadian musician Serena Ryder delivered firey tracks “Got Your Number” and “What I Wouldn’t Do”, BC-born singer and actor Tyler Shaw performed “To The Man Who Let Her Go” and “With You” with the help of a full youth symphony, American rising-star Bishop Briggs raised the bar with the performance of her hit tracks “River” and “Champion”, and the entire day was capped up with a dancey, bouncy showcase by Pennsylvania-native singer-songwriter Daya with her songs “Insomnia” and “Don’t Let Me Down”.
The young people left the building with grins on their faces and the excited chatter of what they had just seen.
WE Day is wonderful, it does a great job of inspiring conversations and curiosity in the minds of the next generation.
To all the speakers and performers and teams behind the scenes, thank you for all your dedication and effort.