The first annual Peace Dot Love festival to take place Thursday, June 18th 2009 at the Kool Haus



    
        FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY USS, DRAGONETTE, DOWN WITH WEBSTER,
     REBEL EMERGENCY, STEREOS, WE ARE THE TAKE, BIRDS OF WALES, SUNRISER
                           AND OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS

                    2 STAGES. LOADS OF BANDS. GOOD KARMA.
    

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Leave Out Violence, Peacebuilders International,
D.O it! and 102.1 The Edge announce the first annual Peace Dot Love festival
in support of national and local anti-violence initiatives. In partnership
with North By Northeast Music and Film Festival, Peace Dot Love will take
place at the Kool Haus on Thursday, June 18th 2009 from 6pm to 2am, backed by
an all-star lineup of musical talent including USS, Dragonette, Down With
Webster, Rebel Emergency, Stereos and other special guests. With an overall
effort of raising violence awareness in youth through the power of music and
art, Peace Dot Love strives to educate, empower and inspire hope and change in
our community.
    Produced by the team at D.O it!, with the help of generous sponsors
including Roots Canada, Vitamin Water, South St. Burger, I Heart The Music,
Barrick Gold, One Stop Media, CEMENT and Global Alliance, Peace Dot Love will
unite over 2,000 Canadians and encompass many different elements of athletics,
entertainment and art. With two stages: the Kool Haus main stage and the
Orange Room stage, this festival also serves to showcase a wide range of both
Canadian and international talent:

    
    Kool Haus Stage Line-up: USS, Dragonette, Down With Webster, Rebel
    Emergency, Stereos and TMDP.

    Orange Room Line-up: Mookie Morris, The Jeanmarie, Rachel Goodrich,
    Magneta Lane, We Are The Take, Birds of Wales and SUNRiSER.

    Tickets Are Available At: http://www.peacedotlove.com
    

    In June of 2008, Dylan Ellis and Oliver Martin, two deeply loved and
respected members of the Toronto community, were senselessly taken from us in
an act of random gun violence. Friends, family and the community at large
struggled to make sense of the void left by Dylan and Oliver, and what they
found was a growing need to take immediate action against these crimes.
    Peace Dot Love is the first annual festival of music and art inspired by
friends and family of Dylan and Oliver as a tribute to their lives lived and
as a way to engage and educate youth through a positive and creative outlet.
Kathleen Ryan, Founder and Creative Director of D.O it! and Peace Dot Love
states, "The idea of bringing people together for music came naturally to us.
Art was something Dylan and Oliver shared with their friends and family. We
want to use the shared universality of music and art to bring an understanding
to our common goal: to leave out violence everywhere."
    Partnering with D.O it! for Peace Dot Love is the North by Northeast
Music & Film Festival which runs from June 17th to the 21st at 50 venues
across Toronto. Two hundred NXNE wristband or pass holders will be admitted to
the Kool Haus for Peace Dot Love to enjoy the great entertainment and to help
celebrate the cause.

    About D.O it!:

    Founded in 2008, it was inspired by the tragic loss of Dylan Ellis and
Oliver Martin whose lives were senselessly taken in an act of random gun
violence in June of 2008. With a mission to break the cycle of violence, D.O
it! produces and executes special events to generate funding for two leading
not-for-profit youth violence prevention organizations: Leave Out Violence and
Peacebuilders International. D.O it! recognizes the power of music and
photography and aims to inspire, nurture and promote peace through these
mediums.

    About Peacebuilders International:

    Established in 2002, Peacebuilders is an award-winning charitable
organization, widely recognized as a leader in Youth Empowerment and
Restorative Justice. Peacebuilders uses 'Circles', structured group dialogues
led by trained impartial facilitators, to address challenging issues.
Peacebuilders works with families, friends and communities seeking peaceful
solutions to violence, conflict, discrimination and injustice.

    About Leave Out Violence (LOVE):

    LOVE works with youth who have been victims, perpetrators and witnesses
to violence in all its forms. Using media art including photography,
journalism, broadcasting and video, the youth document the violence in their
lives, schools and neighborhoods to development concrete reality-based
solutions. LOVE encourages youth to become meaningfully engaged in violence
prevention. Each year the work of the youth reaches thousands of people in
communities across Toronto, resulting in safer schools and neighborhoods.

    http://www.peacedotlove.com
    http://www.peacebuildersinternational.com/
    http://www.leaveoutviolence.com
    http://www.nxne.com
    http://www.edge.ca




For further information:

For further information: Benni Leigh, PR Manager, D.O. it!, (917)
822-9451, bleigh@DOit-now.ca

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