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Bullying Prevention Day to Close Out Bullying Awareness Week


Nissan Family Zone will host hundreds of students for massive bullying prevention rally!

TORONTO, Ontario – On Tuesday, November 20, the 100th Grey Cup Festival will devote an entire day of programming to Bullying Prevention in the Nissan Family Zone at Yonge-Dundas Square. Closing out Bullying Awareness Week, students of all ages from across the GTA will be on hand to take part in a giant bullying prevention rally, with the festivities getting underway at 10:00 AM.

Inspired by the Toronto Argonauts award-winning Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program presented by Tim Hortons, the day will open up with elementary school students joining together in the square to recite a pledge and sign a banner of strength while taking in performances and inspirational messages from some very special guests.  Internet-rapping sensation Lil Jaxe who was bullied for his stutter will perform, beat-boxing specialists Q-mack and J-box will amaze the crowd with some magical football tricks and Marlowe and the Mix will sing the message home along with her All-Stars.  The day will be led by Family Channel's Lindsay Hamilton, with guest appearances by MTV's Aliya Jasmine and MuchMusic VJ T-RexXx.

The Toronto Argonauts’ vision of making schools a safer place for students across Canada will be addressed through inspirational speeches given by four-time Grey Cup champion Michael “Pinball” Clemons, as well as bullying prevention advocate and founder of the Huddle Up program Jason Colero, Director, Education Programs, Toronto Argonauts and The Argos Foundation. 

Later that evening, the 100th Grey Cup Festival is proud to host the internationally-recognized author and expert on the subject of bullying, Barbara Coloroso. Free to the public with a suggested donation going towards The Argos Foundation supporting Huddle Up, Coloroso will discuss themes from her latest book “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander” at the Ted Rogers Theatre at Ryerson University.  She will also be joined by a group of panelists all closely connected to the issues at hand.

This day is a benchmark for the 100th Grey Cup Festival and will be truly inspirational for all involved. Be sure to come down to Yonge-Dundas Square and take part in what will be one more history-in-the-making event!


100th Grey Cup Festival Bullying Prevention Day

Tuesday, November 20

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Nissan Family Zone at Yonge-Dundas Square

* Barbara Coloroso panel, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Ted Rogers Theatre at Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St. West

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