Despite Annie suffering from a viral infection, and the founder of The Hope Rising concert, Stephen Lewis recovering from spinal surgery, the show had to go on!

There were at least 5 peeps in attendance last night, and we’ve got the setlist below and the first few photos.  Annie Lennox also starred alongside Angelique Kidjo and Sarah McLachlan, both of whom were part of Annie’s choir on Sing.  Sarah McLachlan also recorded Ordinary Miracle with Dave Stewart for the title track from Charlotte’s Web.

Full reviews to come in later!

The set list was:

People Get Ready

Pavement Cracks

No More I Love You’s

Here COmes The Rain Again

There Must Be An Angel

Universal Child

 – Then performances by Angelique and Sarah

Sisters Are Doing It

Happy Birthday – For Stephen Lewis

Sweet Dreams (With Angelique and Sarah)

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Hope Rising! is a benefit concert for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. World-renowned artists and AIDS activists Annie Lennox and Angélique Kidjo and Sarah McLachlan headline this spectacular event on November 7 at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.

The money raised from the Hope Rising! benefit concert will go directly into the hands of the community-based organizations working to turn the tide of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2003, the Stephen Lewis Foundation has distributed and committed more than $55 million to over 300 projects in 15 countries hardest hit by the pandemic.

These grassroots organizations are the lifeline for their communities: they provide counselling and education about HIV prevention, care and treatment; distribute food, medication and other necessities; reach the sick and vulnerable through home-based health care; help orphans and vulnerable children access education and work through their grief; and support grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren

The impact is staggering: lives are being restored, hope is being rekindled, communities are being rebuilt. Hope is rising from the grassroots where the tide of HIV and AIDS is beginning to turn.

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