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RICK MERCER - Canada: Coast To Coast To Coast - Takes The Stage With His Live Comedy Show

Released: Thursday May 2, 2019 (Calgary) - Jewish Family Service Calgary
RICK MERCER - Canada: Coast To Coast To Coast - Takes The Stage With His Live Comedy Show
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Jewish Family Service Calgary (JFSC) is pleased to present their annual fundraiser, this year featuring Rick Mercer, host of The Rick Mercer Report for 15 Years and author of Rick Mercer Final Report. The event takes place on Sunday May 5th, at MacEwan Hall (University of Calgary) at 7 pm.

RICK MERCER chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as "Canada’s Unofficial Opposition," Mercer is our most popular comic, a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh.

Tickets cost $99 and are available in advance and at the door. $199 VIP tickets include upfront seating, Rick Mercer’s book – Rick Mercer, Final Report – and attendance at the post show Meet and Greet. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 7:00 pm. Advance tickets are available online at Ticketfly.com

"We are pleased to have Rick Mercer headline our fundraiser as he is not only a funny, sharp satirist, he has also demonstrated in some of his rants, like JFSC, that he cares about the vulnerable and those in need of support. We also look forward to broadening the awareness of our organization, and fundraisers such as this, help us in doing so." says Roxanne Droppo, Executive Director

Rick Mercer began his career in comedy performing and writing with a series of one-man stage shows, beginning with Show Me the Button, which he first performed at the National Arts Centre in 1990 and went on to tour the country. Subsequent stage performances were I've Killed Before, I'll Kill Again (1992) and Canada: A Good Place to Hide (1995). He is the recipient of well over 25 Gemini Awards and Canadian Screen Awards for television writing and performance and in 2015 again won the CSA for 'Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.' Among other awards have been the Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the Banff Television Festival, numerous Canadian Comedy Awards, and was named one of the Artists of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. He is the sole civilian recipient of the Canadian Armed Forces Commander Land Forces, Command Commendation in recognition of his support of Canadian peacekeepers, and in 2004 he received the National Arts Centre Award at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. In April 2014, he received the DareArts Leadership Awards from a charitable organization that uses educational experiences to empower children and youth facing life challenges. Most recently he received the 2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (broadcasting), at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

About Jewish Family Services Calgary (JFSC)

Since 1961, JFSC has been committed to providing services to the community from all faiths and cultures. Our mission is to strengthen communities by providing services to individuals and families based on values of compassion, social justice and improving the world. JFSC is a registered non-profit and non-denominational accredited organization, providing support to Calgarians with a specific focus in these areas:

  • Domestic Violence -assessments, safety planning and support with navigating legal and child protection systems.
  • Senior and Older Adult Supports - support for isolated seniors and Holocaust survivors including navigating complex family dynamics, mental and physical health, connection to community and home support;
  • Resettlement and Integration Services - newcomers to Canada access for system navigation, information, ESL programs and community connections;
  • Education - children and youth groups and training in the community in the areas of child abuse, bullying, conflict resolution and embracing diversity
  • Basic Needs - supporting vulnerable Calgarians with food security and support with housing and employment barriers.

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