The Organization

A Canadian Not-for-Profit

MISSIONED TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR CHARITABLE CAUSES WORLDWIDE

Mode Canada Rocks was founded with the mission to raise awareness and financial support and for various charities and urgent causes that may arise.

MCR brings together diverse artists and producers, unified by their Canadian heritage and international excellence, to develop, present and broadcast excerpts and the entirety of annual MODECANADAROCKS live events promoting Canadian creators in media, music, food and fashion. Whilst the headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Mode Canada Rocks extends its focus, outreach, and support nationally, and projects growth internationally.

The inaugural event, MODECANADAROCKS Renaissance + Reunion will be presented live on the evening of Friday, October 7th, 20225:30pm to midnight, inside the Better Living Centre, at Exhibition Place.

Net proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth.

Mode Canada Rocks was founded with the mission to raise awareness and financial support and for various charities and urgent causes that may arise.

MCR brings together diverse artists and producers, unified by their Canadian heritage and international excellence, to develop, present and broadcast excerpts and the entirety of annual MODECANADAROCKS live events promoting Canadian creators in media, music, food and fashion. Whilst the headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Mode Canada Rocks extends its focus, outreach, and support nationally, and projects growth internationally.

The inaugural event, MODECANADAROCKS Renaissance + Reunion will be presented live on the evening of Friday, October 7th, 20225:30pm to midnight, inside the Better Living Centre, at Exhibition Place.

Net proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth.

Beneficiary

Net Proceeds Benefit Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth

A MULTIYEAR COMMITMENT

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and health and well-being programming to help youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Toronto. Their expert staff help young people in need reach their potential and lead fulfilling, healthy lives.  

Eva’s consists of four sites located across Toronto, helping young people move from crisis to stability with the ultimate goal of moving to independence. Eva’s staff work with each young person to develop an achievable action plan, attain their goals, and build strong community connections.

Today, the young people staying with us continue to face uncertainty. The pandemic has meant that the opportunities they were once pursuing were put on hold; they are experiencing mental health challenges and fear for their futures. Proceeds from this event will help provide a safe place to sleep, nutritious food, access to medical and mental health supports, employment and life skills, recreational activities, and housing support. 

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and health and well-being programming to help youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Toronto. Their expert staff help young people in need reach their potential and lead fulfilling, healthy lives.  

Eva’s consists of four sites located across Toronto, helping young people move from crisis to stability with the ultimate goal of moving to independence. Eva’s staff work with each young person to develop an achievable action plan, attain their goals, and build strong community connections.

Today, the young people staying with us continue to face uncertainty. The pandemic has meant that the opportunities they were once pursuing were put on hold; they are experiencing mental health challenges and fear for their futures. Proceeds from this event will help provide a safe place to sleep, nutritious food, access to medical and mental health supports, employment and life skills, recreational activities, and housing support. 

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Renaissance + Reunion

An Epic Street Party celebrating the reopening of Canada featuring diverse creators of Music, Food and Fashion

Recognizing Eva’s Visionary Founder and Trailblazer for Youth Experiencing or at Risk of Homelessness
Recognizing Eva’s Visionary Founder and Trailblazer for Youth Experiencing or at Risk of Homelessness

“By losing them, we were also losing our strength and future.”

– Eva Maud Smith, Founder (1923-1993)

Eva Smith (1923-1993) was a Jamaican immigrant and Black community leader whose heart was drawn to our city’s young people. She realized that the experience of homelessness had become a barrier for some.  

Eva shed light on hidden youth homelessness, showing decision-makers the scope of the problem and rallying supporters to do something about it. She demonstrated that adult shelters were missing the specialized supports youth needed to avoid chronic homelessness in the long term.  

Although Eva Smith passed away in 1993, her spirit lives on. In 1994, one year after her death and five years after the founding of the organization, Eva’s Place, the first physical shelter for young people was established. In 2001, the name of the organization was changed from the North York Emergency Home for Youth to Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth.  

Today, Eva’s serves hundreds of young people every year, offering a unique combination of safe shelter and housing, counselling, training, and life skills programs. 

“I am grateful and proud to be inspired by Eva Smith today, committing my own creativity, connectivity and successes in support of Eva’s and the too many homeless young people the organization serves.”

– Len D. Henry, Founder Mode Canada Rocks

Event Rationale

“Multiculturalism”

CELEBRATING CANADA AND THE NEXT ERA OF OUR DIVERSITY

Canada has often voiced pride in being built on “multiculturalism”.  But this claim has not been consistent. Racialized Canadians have historically been underrepresented in Canada’s conventional media and societal narrative; largely denied the access afforded those who are not. The COVID and racial pandemics coupled with the recent Residential School discoveries, have forced Canadians to reconcile this disparity. Wes Hall founded The Black North Initiativeresponding fulsomely, encouraging business leaders to sign its pledge to welcome Black C-suite decisionmakers into their boardrooms. New York based Canadian shoe designer, Aurora James, founded 15 Percent Pledge inviting North American retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned business.  An increased number of “BIPOC” Canadians are now being cast in high visibility media roles. But is this a just for-the-moment trend? Will change be embraced by all Canadians irrevocably? Or will Canada soon revert to the previous status quo?  

I’m a Canadian creator living in Ontario who identifies as Black thus for whom successes have not always been easy.  I am however fortunate to have been mentored by great Canadians. They’ve inspired me to put their gifts forward to today’s young people, particularly those racialized, coming up.  

To commemorate Canada’s emergence post-COVID and reinforce the shift into active diversity, we propose a significant milestone marker, MODECANADAROCKS Renaissance + Reunion, celebrates Indigenous, Black, and globally recognized leaders, artists and creators of media, music, food, and fashion. Net proceeds benefit Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth. 

The event’s is produced by Delectant Media for Mode Canada Rocks, a Canadian not-for-profit, missioned to raise awareness and financial support for various charities and urgent causes that may arise. Please join us in amplifying the message “Diversity is not a trend.” 

Canada has often voiced pride in being built on “multiculturalism”.  But this claim has not been consistent. Racialized Canadians have historically been underrepresented in Canada’s conventional media and societal narrative; largely denied the access afforded those who are not. The COVID and racial pandemics coupled with the recent Residential School discoveries, have forced Canadians to reconcile this disparity. Wes Hall founded The Black North Initiativeresponding fulsomely, encouraging business leaders to sign its pledge to welcome Black C-suite decisionmakers into their boardrooms. New York based Canadian shoe designer, Aurora James, founded 15 Percent Pledge inviting North American retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned business.  An increased number of “BIPOC” Canadians are now being cast in high visibility media roles. But is this a just for-the-moment trend? Will change be embraced by all Canadians irrevocably? Or will Canada soon revert to the previous status quo?  

I’m a Canadian creator living in Ontario who identifies as Black thus for whom successes have not always been easy.  I am however fortunate to have been mentored by great Canadians. They’ve inspired me to put their gifts forward to today’s young people, particularly those racialized, coming up.  

To commemorate Canada’s emergence post-COVID and reinforce the shift into active diversity, we propose a significant milestone marker, MODECANADAROCKS Renaissance + Reunion, celebrates Indigenous, Black, and globally recognized leaders, artists and creators of media, music, food, and fashion. Net proceeds benefit Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth. 

The event’s is produced by Delectant Media for Mode Canada Rocks, a Canadian not-for-profit, missioned to raise awareness and financial support for various charities and urgent causes that may arise. Please join us in amplifying the message “Diversity is not a trend.”